When you are eyeing something at the store or garage sale, does it speak to you? Not like, “Hey, look at me!”, but more like you see the potential that it has. I have always been drawn to antique radios ever since my parents had one in their home that had original parts and still worked. If you know me, then you know I love to tinker with mechanical things and they always drawn me in. Much like this one I found. I’d like to show you this repurposed radio cabinet and the fun it holds inside.
When I finally got to lay hands on this cabinet, I was so excited to see it in such awesome shape. I instantly said to myself, “no paint needed here..this wood is gorgeous!” Though it did have some wear and was mostly dirty, that didn’t stop me from seeing the potential.
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The previous owner has already added a wood piece to make a bottom for the top, so I’m stoked that I’m one step ahead of the game. If you look up Pooley Radios on Google, you’ll see some wonderful creations that are sure to take you down memory lane. Such beautiful craftsmanship!
The last repurposed radio cabinet I did wasn’t in as great of shape, so I had fun with it and took it to a new level. You can read the full story and see what’s inside HERE (it’ll surprise you!).
Another repurposed radio cabinet I had the pleasure of finding has become secret storage in my boys’ bedroom makeover. They love it!
So, you maybe wondering what I have in store for this one. Well, I have always wanted to make one into a dollhouse, and today’s the day! That sweet bow on the top front is what decided it for me. I seriously believe that this was providential because just as I was about to get started on it, I thought I would check Craiglist for some doll furniture. Look what I found!
Instead of this just being a repurposed radio cabinet post, I get to do a mini furniture makeover too! I’m like a kid in a candy store because I have thing for dollhouses. hee hee hee. We have made our daughters their own dollhouses and treehouses for our boys (as seen here) from scratch. I get so lost in fine-tuning every detail. It is so fun!
I even make the furniture and the dolls. Yes, I am a nut, but I have a blast. It could be because I wanted one so badly as a kid that I would make my own out of cardboard boxes. I even made my own furniture using my dad’s tools and still have them to this very day.
That dollhouse furniture set I picked up had some damage and needed some pep, so I repaired and gave them new looks. Since the bunkbed set was missing mattresses and bedding, I had to make new. I had leftover foam from our Pottery Barn style leather bench that would be perfect, but needed cut. Did you know you can use an electric carving knife to cut foam super fast? I nabbed one from the thrift store and love this thing! If you can’t find one thrifting, you can find one HERE.
Okay, so after a few hours of building up the inside of the radio and making repairs, as well as tweaking the furniture, it is done. I wanted to share that I only needed to clean the cabinet and then used my go-to product for refreshing wood. Have you ever used Old English Scratch Cover? I have had this bottle for about 17 years and it never fails me.
Well, my friends, I put waaaay more time into this than I probably should have, but…ya know.
I hope you enjoy it. 🙂
Let’s take the tour. The master bedroom has a king size bed, dresser and mirror. Mom and Dad are set!
The kids room has a fun new bunkbed complete with reversible comforters, dresser, and nightstand. Oh, and a rocking chair for a reading nook.
Down below is the kitchen with food stuffs and plenty of places to prepare lovely mini meals. Just outside the kitchen is a baby grand piano that actually plays music. It is a music box! So cool.
Every home has to have a fireplace for ambience and function for hanging stockings, of course.
However, no home is complete without a dining area for sure. You can see the accessories with hutch, bird cage, grandfather clock, and…
…yes, I made mini moss balls in a tiny wooden dough bowl. We must have the essentials, ya know.
One of the coolest parts is the top being used for all the extra furniture. That way, the rooms can be changed up and flipped around to the littlest imagination’s desire.
If you think I went all out, this is nothing compared to the miniature beadboard I make from balsa wood, the stairs and balusters I usually add to our builds. Not to mention the hand-cut hardwood flooring and curtains – and the lighting! I just didn’t have it in me as I got this done in two days. I want to say a huge thank you to my husband, JC, who cut the pieces for me and got it ready for me to install. We make an awesome team.
I’m offering this sweet set in my shop (SOLD), along with this brand new set of dolls (they are our favorite next to making my own!). I know some little girl is going to love this because the best part is that it grows with you. It can be placed in any part of the home, and as girl grows she can use it in her home for endless uses.
We all know our children grow up too fast. I insist there be a pause button invented.
Truthfully, I had a blast sharing this repurposed radio cabinet with you and would love it if you would take a minute to pin and share to inspire others.