Radio Cabinet Re-do

Heidi from Lily Field Furniture used her furniture painting skills to bring back the beauty in this sentimentally valued radio cabinet with Vanilla Frosting!

One of my friends is getting married soon and her fiance had a few pieces that needed to be updated. One of them is this gorgeous radio cabinet!

I absolutely love redoing furniture pieces that are sentimental to my clients. It’s so fun knowing the history behind pieces that I work on!

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I knew right off the bat that this piece was going to be a challenge. You can almost bet that on furniture this age and style you WILL have bleed through issues. Especially if you are painting with a light color. The color we used is Vanilla Frosting and so I did some prep work up front to hopefully eliminate bleed through.

After cleaning the entire piece I sprayed several (4) layers of shellac all over the cabinet. I had high hopes that this would be enough to eliminate issues but sure enough, still major bleed through after the first coat of paint.

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A painter’s worst nightmare- I despise bleed through! There is something about these old pieces and the products they used back in the day that really makes the tannin come through. After walking away in frustration for a day I got out my Zinsser BIN Primer and did a layer of that. Guess what- bleed through still! It was definitely much better but you could still see several spots.

As a last resort I did a few layers of Zinsser oil based cover stain. Finally we had success!

All of this should give you encouragement. There are pieces that we ALL struggle on. Not every project is easy! Stick with it and you will be so happy you did!

After the bleed through was finally under control I did another coat of Vanilla Frosting and distressed to show off the gorgeous details.

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For protection, I added a layer of top coat to the finish. I just love the clean, updated look a paint job can give a piece of furniture!

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Heidi {Lily Field Furniture}

Hello! My name is Heidi and I am the face behind Lily Field Furniture. I spend my days being a wife and mom and my late nights in the garage painting away! I absolutely love the job that I have and have so much fun with the process of thrifting and then refinishing furniture in a creative way. It’s so rewarding to see the amazing transformation that just a little paint can make!

Make sure to follow Heidi on her blog Lily Field Furniture, as well as on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

2 thoughts on “Radio Cabinet Re-do

  1. I know a lot of people hate the idea of painting wood, but isn’t it stunning how much detail you see of the carving when this is painted in a light colour? Kudos on your patience with the bleed through. It really is such a nuisance! But you persevered and the results were worth it. Beautiful!

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