Before & After: Vintage Radio Cabinet Becomes the Star of the Party

Before & After: Vintage Radio Cabinet Becomes the Star of the Party

Colleen Quinn
Dec 16, 2011

Sherry and her husband lucked out when they stumbled upon this vintage 1930s radio in a store that was closing the very day they dropped in to browse. Though the radio components were beyond salvage, the cabinet was just crying out for some TLC in order to become a showpiece in their home.

Sherry's husband devoted hours of time and lots of elbow grease as he sanded, glued, clamped, and stained this piece to restore the finish to its original glory. He then customized the interior of the radio cabinet with shelves and racks for glasses to create a one of a kind art deco bar, ready to take center stage at any party. Though the original radio dials didn't survive, replacing that damaged panel with a small chalkboard allows the family to set the theme of any gathering.

For more step-by-step pictures of this wonderful makeover, check out Pondered Primed Perfected: Upcycled Radio Cabinet. Sherry and her husband did a great job documenting the the process of salvaging this classic piece.

Image: Photos by Sherry of Pondered Primed Perfected.

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