I found this old radio cabinet at a garage sale and I knew it would have to become a bar of some type. I decided I would keep it for myself and turn in into a coffee bar.
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She was in BAD shape. Someone had already tried to transform it at some point in its life, but let me say they did a horrible hack job. They had a piece of this and a piece of that they used as shelves.
As you can see I had to remove the back, to get to work. I had to remove the existing bottom shelve since it was hacked together and not a smooth full shelf. I added a shelf to the middle bottom area, so I could get more storage in the bottom.
I removed another hacked together shelf and added one more shelf on the side that flips up. This will hold a Plexi storage container that I can use for ice and cold beverages.
I had to add some wood putty to the shelf above so the shelf would be a smooth transition.
The Plexi container I purchased had handles that were a tiny bit wider than the cabinet, soMr. DD carved out the wood on the sides of the cabinet so the container would fit down onto the shelf. I sanded down the top of the cabinet and the interior shelf and stained using Java Gel. I prefer my tops to be stained as that seems to stand up well to everyday use. I also love the look of stained wood and paint.
The cabinet was all prepped and ready for some paint. I made a custom blend using Amy Howard One Stap Paint. I have a favorite accent color that I wanted to use in my home and could not find the paint color, so I made my own.
I started by having the inspiration paint swatches on hand and I could color match to the tone of the paint I was looking for. As you can see from the sheet above, it was a lot of trial and error and finding the right balance of blue and green paint to get the perfect green-blue tone I wanted. I ended up using 15 parts Rugo, 4 parts lime, 1 part black and 1 part white.
I used my Wagner Flexio 890 Paint Sprayer and made this video to show you how easy it is to spray furniture. Wagner also makes a Home Decor Sprayer which is an entry level sprayer for those of you that would only use the sprayer on occasion and not weekly like me.
I also used the dark wax to deepen the color and highlight the carved accents on the coffee bar.
I did a little research on Zenith radio cabinets and found this one on e-bay which looks like an identical match to what mine used to look like before I found her gutted. I discovered these were made in the 1940’s. So my cabinet has many years of use and abuse before she received this new life as a coffee bar.
I think the family is enjoying having the coffee bar and it seems like they are drinking more coffee too.
I have my stash of adult coffee additives stored near the top for convenience.
This is a tempory location as I will be moving the coffee bar into the dining area once I get the painting done. I also will be sharing a post about those shelves above the coffee bar this week for our Power Tool Challenge.