Tutorial showing how to make a beverage cabinet from a vintage radio cabinet. The old cabinet now opens up to reveal a shelf with a wine glass holder and lots of room to display all of your drinkware. The cabinet area below the shelf is just the right size for storing all of your beverages.
This furniture makeover included a lot of planning and redesign. I did the planning and redesign and the JTS (aka, hubby or Junktion Technical Specialist) made it all work. I couldn’t be happier with the way the Beverage Cabinet came together. Thanks honey.
The cabinet came from the Nashville Flea Market. I think the price was $40 but don’t quote me on that. The cabinet was a radio in it’s former life. Right now it’s just a mess.
The JTS spent several days on and off working on the project. He took all the insides out, cut a new shelf, and put the fold down door back on. Then I decided I wanted to make a beverage cabinet out of it. That meant a little more work, like taking out the front divider thingy (technical term). He basically gutted everything inside the cabinet and added a sturdy shelf.
Then there was a bunch of loose veneer to glue down. In a few places the veneer had chipped off completely. But that’s okay because the little ripples and edges will look great distressed. I gave the cabinet a good cleaning before getting into the paint process.
You guys, I have a ton of paint on my shelves. I’ve been trying to use what I have instead of buying any more. I didn’t have the perfect flat white so I combined Martha Stewart Paint colors to get an off white. I mixed together Wedding Cake, Smoke, and at the last minute…..Linen.
After mixing the paint I thinned it and poured it into my HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer. I love this thing. There was no way I was going to brush paint the inside of that cabinet. Painting china cabinets, bookshelves, the interiors of buffets and cabinets, is hard work and time consuming. Work smarter, not harder.
Once the paint was dry I distressed the edges and details with 3m Flexible Sandpaper 100 grit.
At the last minute I decided to add a metal wine glass holder to the cabinet. The JTS had to do the hard work. He did all kinds of contortions trying to put the rack in that tight space.
Sometimes projects turn out a little differently than expected. Notice how the pretty detailed insets are still obvious and the outer edges of the doors contrast with the rest of the door? I decided not to continue putting layers of paint on the cabinet with the sprayer because I like the contrast.
The shelf paper is wrapping paper I bought at Michael’s a few months ago. It was in the dollar section and who can resist red. Not me. I raided my china cabinet for the wine glasses that we never use. The pretty blue cups are finds from my favorite junk shop.
The cabinet can be used for all kinds of stuff….hot chocolate, coffee, water, wine, kid snacks and drinks. My friend Beth suggested using it as a TV cabinet.
I put the pretty red and white striped paper inside the cabinet to line the bottom shelf.
You may have noticed in the before makeover photos that the top of the cabinet lifted up. The JTS screwed it down so that doesn’t happen anymore. I covered the screw heads with wood filler and painted over them. The metal glass holder is attached to the bottom side of the top.
How To Make a Beverage Cabinet
If you enjoyed this post you have to take a look at how I remade the white bench with janky seat in the photo above. See it here.....Farmhouse Style White Bench Makeover With Distressing Results
And....you can make the coolest bench using an old headboard and footboard. See how we put it together and the amazing paint color here....How To Make A Bench Using A Vintage Headboard And Footboard
Be sure and take the Furniture Fixer Upper Tour by clicking the links below the "before" makeovers photo collage below.....
1. Just The Woods - Media Console
2. Confessions Of A Serial DIYer – Estate Sale Bookcase
3. The Interior Frugalista – Funky Bar
4. Petticoat JUNKtion – Beverage Cabinet
5. Girl In The Garage – From Chair to Throne
I bet you guys can think of other uses for the cabinet. Please share your ideas in the comments section. Have a great week, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen (Petticoat Junktion)
Kathy is the founder of PetticoatJunktion.com, a home décor blog focused on repurposing and upcycling furniture, old hardware, rusty stuff, and thrifty finds into unique home décor. Kathy’s projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Read more about Kathy here.