Anne – The Story of an Antique Radio Cabinet

Meet Anne.  She is an antique radio cabinet that I snagged up on craigslist for a REALLY good price.  I did a little online research and discovered that she is an American made cabinet dated somewhere in the 1920’s.  Eeeeeeeeeek! (That’s my squeal of excitement).  I named her Anne because she’s old and she’s beautiful!

She didn’t always look this beautiful. The wood was dull and worn and she was in desperate need of a facelift.  Oh how I wish I had a before picture. I was so excited to start painting that I didn’t think about it until after the fact.  Oops!

I left the top of the cabinet unpainted to show off the beautiful wood, and just used a couple coats of Minwax Bombay Mahoganey.

For the rest of the exterior, I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Provence. This was my first time using Chalk Paint and I must say that I am in LOVE!  It’s so creamy and you have a lot of control over the piece.

I heavily distressed the piece to both show its age and give little peaks at the wood tone underneath. I love how the distressed places in the base compliment the unpainted top.

The entire piece has been finished with Annie Sloan Soft Wax in Clear. Then polished in distinct areas with the Dark Wax.

I left the interior alone. She is a perfect accent piece for nearly anywhere in the home. It will be sad to let her go. *tear*

I have posted an ad on Craigslist here, and have gotten a lot of interest already.  Bittersweet.  Well, I have to get going now. The kids are in bed and Daniel has moved my next project for me so its ready to paint!

***Update: the cabinet is now SOLD!***

Lots of Love,

39 thoughts on “Anne – The Story of an Antique Radio Cabinet

  1. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads

    Your radio cabinet is gorgeous! I like how you kept the stained top. I have an old radio cabinet, too, that I bought at an auction. I'm planning to paint the inside blue and the outside antique white. I haven't tried the chalk paint yet, though. I'm a new follower and welcome to the blogging world.

  2. A Vintage Green

    Mary, you are an artist. Found your blog from Sisters of the Wild West. I am following you and have added you to my Painting.. blog list. Hope you have time to drop over and visit.- Joy

  3. Courtney

    This turned out beautifully, love the color and the distressing!! Well done!I'm a bit of a shocker at remembering to take the before photo…excitement takes hold!!

  4. Vicky

    Welcome aboard the bloggy train "choo-choo." Your first project looks incredible……..looking forward to seeing more of your work. I'm your newest follower stop by for a blog visit!

  5. Audrey

    Your Anne Is a beauty! I must be the last person on the planet to not have painted w/ AS paint! You did a wonderful job. New follower.Audrey at

  6. karajwardell

    I have to echo all the compliments on the color choice! Beautiful! Do you have a blog post on how you do your distressing? I'm new to this, and would love some tips and ideas from "the masters" ;) Also, why do you use wax over all your paint jobs? And where do you get it? I just can't get enough of your blog and decorating ideas! :)


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