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Anne - The Story of an Antique Radio Cabinet


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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,
Mary

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