While picking up some furniture with a friend the other day, I got this refinished radio cabinet. We were purchasing a couple pieces from an estate, and the owners said this was destined for the trash... so I couldn't help but bring it home. Someone had already done the hard work of gutting all the parts, adding some shelves, and refinishing the exterior.
Whenever I get an especially good deal on a piece of furniture I feel like it's the perfect piece for an extra dose of creativity. Like you really can't ruin it when it was going to be thrown away, right?
I had some paint samples I was really wanting to try out, and this piece seemed to be the perfect candidate for some new paint and some fun. There are no in process photos, because I was just playing and was not at all sure how this would turn out. Also, my camera battery was dead, so there was that.
If you love this finish, let me know - perhaps a full tutorial will be in the future.
This is what I did...
This my friends is the paint drip finish. These colors are Wise Owl Smokey Quartz on the top, Higgins Lake in the middle, and General Finishes Midnight Blue Chalk Paint for the base.
I blended the colors, added some water and let them run together. It was a fun experiment that left the most amazing results. Isn't color just so much fun?
I want to play with this paint more, but my first impressions were that I really like it! It's nice and thick, covers well, distresses easily. Wise Owl also makes Lemon Furniture Salve which is a Hemp Oil, wax combo - I used that to seal this paint, and it smells divine (as does my workshop).
I had this big ring pull in my stash, I added a little extra bling with some Rub N'Buff in Antique Gold and it seems to be the perfect contrast.
Old radio cabinets like these are great bar cabinets, entry way consoles, hall tables, or just the perfect accent piece with some history.
So the next time you get a steal on a piece of furniture, do something creative - push yourself out of the norm and see what you come up with!
Are you inspired? Grab a paint brush and get to work!! If you have no idea where to start, download a free copy of my Furniture Painting 101 eBook - it will have you painting in no time!
Until next time, Happy Painting!