I picked up this little radio cabinet at a massive yard sale earlier this summer. I really liked the shape but it was in terrible condition. Luckily, I was able to scoop it up for just five bucks.
One of the huge problems on this piece was the dry, peeling veneer on top. I started to repair it with wood filler, but then seeing just how loose it was, decided to try peeling it off instead. I was able to scrape it right off using a paint scraper.
I decided to go aqua with this piece – my absolute favorite color. I didn’t use any fancy paints – just plain old latex paint. I sanded a few rough spots and then rolled on some primer. I painted it using a gallon of mistint paint I was lucky enough to find at Lowes for $5, but if you are looking for a similar color, it was very close to the color Aqua Ocean by Valspar.
I used 100 grit sandpaper to heavily distress the whole cabinet, especially the curves and corners. And then I used Minwax English Chesnut stain to give more of an antique feel. I wiped the stain on with a cloth in small sections and then immediately wiped all of the excess off with a damp cloth. There were some areas where the stain still looked ‘dirtier’ than I wanted so I wiped them down lightly with paint thinner.