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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Console Radio Cabinets

Radios circa 1930 - 1950, Song circa late 70's

OK, so these two beauties go back a bit farther than that song, 
but I'm tired after doing yard work 
and that's the oldest radio song I could think of.

More importantly......
What one should I keep and what color (s) should I paint them?





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47 comments :

  1. I like them both, but if I had to pick, I thing I would keep the one on the left. I think you should keep them both and turn them into side tables or night stands. Color? That's hard to say, not knowing your colors, but speaking for myself, it would have to be white or a warm white, simply to go with my house. Then again, I think you could go with something bold and make it really pop! Whatever you do, I know you'll make those babies sing again!

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  2. How big are they? I think I like Lefty. Where will it live?

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  3. Only u would ask something so personal!:) whatever u come u p with is better then anything I could suggest.

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  4. I just recently redid a radio cabinet. You can see it here: http://bluestarantiques.blogspot.com/2013/03/radio-revamp.html
    Last weekend I found another one that has legs and the front folds down. Can't wait to transform it into a desk! How fun they are! Good luck with yours!

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  5. love both and both have unique style one for the house and one for the store...hmmm

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  6. I'd keep both. I would keep them just they way they are...character!

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  7. I like the one on the right...very art-deco looking. Don't ever ask me about color, because I'm always going to pick green. Any green, doesn't matter (except for Emerald Green, ugh) I love green. You and Suzan and your songs...maybe that's why I don't do furniture...I don't remember enough old songs.

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  8. I like the one on the right as well. I would paint it black or blue over red (Letting some of the red show through) and turn it into a bar. But I want to turn everything into a bar.

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  9. Ditto what Kathryn said. I'd keep the one on the left and use the other in a fun window display at your store. I would keep the wood finish and refresh it with one of those Fornby products. I'm from the Midwest, what do you expect? We love our old wood. :)

    Fabulous old pieces!

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  10. I prefer the one on the right, I'd paint it antique white but leave the top, the base and the radio part in natural wood. It would look fantastic!!!

    Happy Sunday!

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  11. Keep them both! And I think I see some Bliss magic in their future!

    :) Linda

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  12. My immediate reaction is that the one on the right needs to be a bright, bold color, along the lines of abusson blue or a navy blue lacquer, emerald green, teal or even red/orange. The one on the left could be more subdued, like gray or I really like the idea of a creamy yellow. Mint greens might look nice on either, lighter for the left, bolder/brighter for the right. Depending on which of those things works with your decor, I'd go with that. I also like the wood, and I'm usually not much of a wood person, but there's something about the character of these pieces that makes them hard to resist as-is. So doing something with the one on the right in a more subtle color that leaves part of the wood showing is also a nice idea.

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    1. The one on the right actually works!

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  13. These are both wonderful and knowing you, they will turn into something magical that I would never, ever have thought of...

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  14. How come you only get to keep one?? I vote for the one on the right. Paint it something fun for your dining room renovation, and put some kind of a table top on it for a buffet table ;-)

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  15. I would like the right one in a Tiffany Blue

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  16. I say the left ~ it's the oldest I believe. Keep them both! Not sure where they will be placed so not sure about colors. Whatever you decide, they will look awesome! If you'd like to share where they'll go, maybe that might help re: color.

    Have fun!
    xo
    Pat

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  17. I think you should paint the one on the right and leave the one on the left as is.

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  18. I knew we were kindred spirits!
    I'm tired too!
    The cabinets are wonderful-keep both.

    Laura

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  19. I LOVE them both!!!
    My son bought me a reproduction one for Christmas which I promptly dry brushed white - he was crushed lmho......
    Keep them both - different places in the house!
    XOX

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  20. I want both, but leaning to the left, but I lean to the left anyhow.....I like a bright bold color with some funky antique accents, distress, glaze, wax, the works. Where did you get them?

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  21. OHHHH the one on the left and how about spring green cause why not? ;) fun finds!

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  22. Why only ONE? I like the left one for it's interest but I think you need to get your hands on both!

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  23. Oh my - it has been forever since I heard that song and now it will probably be stuck in my head just because of some little graphic on Bliss's blog! Ugh!

    I have an old stereo as well but haven't touched it. I have no inspiration - so i will be anxious to see what you do with yours.

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  24. What fun pieces!! I'm on the keep the left bandwagon... and the one on the right for the store window.Looking forward to seeing what you cook up! :)

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  25. I'm not even gonna pretend to suggest a color, because you'll come out with something amazing that I never would've considered and I'll wonder what I was ever thinking. And keep them both! :)

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  26. I like the one on the left and I would paint it red with dark stain (or not dark stain just bright red!)
    Awesome!
    Susan

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  27. I like lefty.

    Also? I think you're the bee's knees. :)

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  28. Keep the left and paint it rusty orange! Can't wait to see it.
    Kim@reposhture.blogspot.com

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  29. Have you seen where talented techies take these things and turn them into Ipod docks with working speakers? That is on my dream project list! A bold, rustic color would be so fun with either of these!!

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  30. I like the left one, but I think the right one would be awesome painted a funky color. I think I might be tempted to use both of them as bedside tables. Gut them and make the fronts doors for storage. They're both pretty awesome.

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  31. So we will all wait with held breath to see..me hoping you kept both...and the ideas from our emails will be so fun...NOW may I ask a favor take a look at my blog..I am going to redo...and I do not want to do over and over..and I will have someone else do the work for me...I am just not wanting a headache...
    I know buttons for Home,Paper Magic,Extreme Makeover,Family Kalamities,Tips from my previous life,and Memory Monday...that will be my buttons...now you are a visual person ...what ideas do you have...Have a great Tuesday Friend

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  32. Who choose - like children, I love them both!
    Kelly

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  33. Those are pretty neat! I think the one on the left has some art deco interest. It would depend on where you're going to use them before I could suggest a color. Nice finds!

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  34. Both of those radios are great but I am drawn more to the first one. As far as color, I'm never very bold and often indecisive which is why anything I paint usually ends up white :)

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  35. I'd keep both but the left one has great lines and it seems the color of the day is duck egg blue - so don't do that. You will make either one a "pinnable" for me -I know it.

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  36. I love the cabinet on the left. It has a lot of great details. Nonetheless, old radios are so fun and bring back so many memories.

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  37. Love those! My husband's Dad owned a radio/TV business for 50 yrs....he has parts if you need any!! He's a hoarder!! LOL. I like the one on the right bc of those vertical bars.....seems more "ranchy"....It took effort to stop the computer from writing "raunchy"......obviously, they know who I'm writing to..........

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  38. What color? I don't know. I'm not good at that but I can't wait to see what you come up with. Have you been going junking these last few weekends? There are a couple weekends left to pick up other peoples trash!

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  39. Love the cabinets Bliss. I am sure you will come up with some great ideas. Loved your guest post over at Angie's Knick of Time.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z @ Timeless Treasures

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  40. Left if I was forced to choose. Both if I had my way. I couldn't in good conscience say paint at all but you have so many great suggestions so far, I know once I see however you paint one or both of them, I'll be sold!!

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  41. Left if I was forced to choose. Both if I had my way. I couldn't in good conscience say paint at all but you have so many great suggestions so far, I know once I see however you paint one or both of them, I'll be sold!!

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  42. Left if I was forced to choose. Both if I had my way. I couldn't in good conscience say paint at all but you have so many great suggestions so far, I know once I see however you paint one or both of them, I'll be sold!!

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  43. Left if I was forced to choose. Both if I had my way. I couldn't in good conscience say paint at all but you have so many great suggestions so far, I know once I see however you paint one or both of them, I'll be sold!!

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  44. I really like the one on the left! I'm a sucker for all those details!! I think a bright red with a stained top! So cool!!!

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