Cheryl from Shab-2-Fab gave this antique radio a beautiful new rustic finish with Crinoline and Hemp Oil!
When I was little my dad brought home an old Zenith Radio in non-working condition and totally restored it. I loved watching him work on it. There was an unspoken respect from him for this beat up old radio and when he was finished it was a beautiful antique that was always a piece of our home.
Since beginning my restoration business I have really wanted to get my hands on one. When I saw this old radio I knew I had to have it.
When I arrived home with my radio I was so intrigued I went right to work. While researching the model number I found out that this model was produced in 1936. I was uncertain if this eighty one year old radio would fire up, but to my surprise when I plugged her in, she came to life. I have never done any radio work so removing the speaker, glass screen and grill material was interesting. I struggled a few times but I pushed through my frustration and successfully disassembled it.
The entire piece had to be scrubbed down twice before it was clean of the dirt, dust and a few spiders nest, yup you read that right, spiders nest! And because it had received so much wear and tear throughout its life I gave the entire piece a light sand to rid it of some of the wounds it had collected over the years.
I painted her in two coats of Country Chic Paint’s All-In-One in the color Crinoline then gave it a heavy distressed. I finished this piece using Country Chic Paint’s Hemp Oil and topped it all off with a nice beige colored grill material. I am so pleased with how this piece turned out I decided to keep it for my home.
I am a small town gal with a passion for refinishing furniture. I live and work out of my home in Cedar City Utah and I am the mother of two little ones. I have always been a creative person and find tremendous joy in giving old furniture new life. Painting furniture has always felt natural to me and I feel an abundance of pride and joy when I have upcycled and saved a piece of history that might have been forgotten.