Turn Up The Radio...Bar

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I'm working hard, you're working too -
we do it every day

For every minute I have to work -
I need a minute of play

Day in day out all week long -
things go better with rock....

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 This radio however, had played it's last song.

Bliss Ranch Vintage Radio Cabinet Bar

Have you ever heard that song by Autograph,Turn Up The Radio?  It's from way back in 1984 when bands had great big hair. 

Egads - 1984 was a long time ago... 30 years!   Wow, someone is getting old around the Ranch.

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No matter the age of that person, for sure things still go better with music.
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This radio is an oldie too, and I'm pretty sure when it was cranking out the tunes there was no rock and roll blaring from the speaker.

The veneer was peeled pitted and chipping away, but Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture paint came to the rescue.

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It had no guts when it became mine.

So I gave it back a bit of its glory days.

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A couple summers ago I picked up two vintage radios for a total of $12 bucks.  One actually works, which my husband claimed. 

Then idea and opportunity collided.

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Opportunity in the way of Maison Blanche shipping out some of their creamy smooth no prep paint for me to dip my brush in, compliments of the company.

And then the idea part.....

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It's got a little shelf in the front to hold stuff & junk

#2 son bought a house a month ago and you know how bachelor pads can be.

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When I saw sheer lime green and orange curtain panels pass through from a UPS delivery, I thought it needed a woman's touch, but the trouble is, he really hasn't asked me.

Probably because he doesn't think of me as a woman, I'm just mom, and orange and lime are not in my decorating palette, so what fun could I possibly be?

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Well back in the day.... I turned up the radio.  Not one quite this old though.

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This radio is rocking now, sporting Maison Blanche navy paint with ivory song lyrics.

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 I wanted to paint him a dresser to use as an entertainment center.... "uuuhh, no I really don't need one".


Next time he came over I inquired.... can I paint you a side table?  "uuhhh, I don't really need one right now, maybe when I get a couch".


Third time was a charm.... I have this old radio I want to turn into something for you, is that ok?

His reply.... "You REALLY want to make something for me don't you... anything would be fine I don't have much".

No schmidt Sherlock, that's why I keep asking what I can make!

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So besides a wife - to give that woman's touch to his decorating - what else does a handsome 25 year old need?

A maid, cook and gardener.  Along with a secretary. 

And a vintage radio bar of course.

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Navy is one of the new Maison Blanche Paint Company's colors, and it's a match to the ticking fabric in my cedar porch.  A perfect dark denim navy color.

Yes I contemplated if I was the one who needed a bar in the cedar porch, however I have plenty of furniture.

And bars....
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To see my dresser bar, click here
I wanted his bar to be sort of cool since I'm sure his friends are going to ask where he got the cabinet to house the liquor.

The answer "my mom" will be uttered, and his friends will forever connect his frumpy middle aged mom to his cool bar.

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The mom in me also contemplated making it a cookies and milk bar.

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 Reality.... he probably only eats cookies with milk at my house.

But then again.....

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Things go better with rock.

Even milk and cookies.

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Please check out the other blogs and see four more projects created with Maison Blanche Navy paint.......
Doreen from Hymns and Verses
 Refresh Restyle with Debbie
Karin of Art is Beauty
Bliss at Bliss Ranch
Guided in product technique by:
Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage.

The details:
Sanded the veneer, added a new shelf in the back and a panel in the front to hold napkins, cuz guys drinking beer always use napkins right?

Spray painted the spindles and front plate silver.  Found old knobs in the garage and sprayed them too, then added some old wheels to the bottom.

Gave the top a coat of dark stain, and refreshed the middle veneer.  Painted an under coat of Maison Blanche Ivory, and two coats of Maison Blanche Navy.

Because I'm impatient I stuck my letters on before the paint was dry, and when I pulled them off some of the ivory came off too.  BONUS!  Got the chippy look without sanding hard!  Distressed through the navy in a few spots to give it a worn look like a pair of jeans.

The last thing I did was rub the whole thing down with stain, it gives it an aged look and blends the white in for a vintage feel.

This Bar is Rocking on at these weekly link parties:
The Handmade Hangout @Redoux & Friends
Wow Us Wednesday @SavvySouthernStyle
Gail @MyRepurposedLife 
Upcycled Storage Ideas @FunkyJunkInteriors 
Angie @KnickofTime
Strut Your Stuff @SixSistersStuff 
Best of the Weekend @ALittleClaireification 
Sizzle Into Summer @DIYByDesign
Show and Share @Coastal Charm 
Inspire Me Tuesday @AStrollThruLife 
Tweak It Tuesday @CozyLittleHouse 
Be.You.Tiful Link Party @ChicCalifornia 

Wildly Original Link Party with Christina @IGottaCreate
Creative Inspirations Linky @EmbracingChange
Link Party Palooza @TatertotsandJello  
Remodelaholics Anonymous Weekend Party @Remodelaholic 
Creativity Unleashed Party @TheBoldAbode 
Junkin Joe @TheCottageMarket  
Pretty Pintastic Party @AnAlliEvent 
What We Accomplished Wednesday @GreenWillowPond
The Scoop @CedarHillFarmhouse 

Quench The Thirst @LiveLaughRowe
Best DIY Projects & Recipes Party @36thAvenue
Moonlight and Mason Jars @CherishedBliss
Inspire Me Please @LizMarie 
Frugal Friday @TheShabbyNest 
Treasure Hunt Thursday @FromMyFrontPorchToYours 
Freedom Fridays @MyTurnForUs 

Weekend Re-Treat Party @AKADesign 
The Best DIY Link Party @REDOUX
Time to Sparkle @TheGunnySack  
Wow Me Wednesday @GingerSnapCrafts
Worthwhile Wednesdays @DeniseDesigned
Share Your Cup Thursday with Mrs. Olson 
Wicked Awesome Wednesday @HandyManCraftyWoman  
Time Travel Thursday @TheBrambleberryCottage 
Fridays @DIYVintageChic

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  1. Absolutely amazing! How is that we both have sons aged 25 with awesome navy pieces for their home! You and I are a match made in Navy paint ;)
    Love it!,

  2. You never cease to amaze me! I didn't think you could top your original dresser bar, but seriously - this is sooooo cool! The Navy is the perfect color for this project!!!

  3. You have outdone yourself again, my friend!!! Amazing!!!!

    And does he love it?

    :) Linda

  4. You rocked this one LOUDEST! Love it, love it, love it!!! pinned

  5. Flabbergasted by this one.
    So "Bliss-ful"!!!
    Wow. Wow. Wow!

  6. You are amazing - I don't even drink, and I love it! Way cool!!! Come link up @ Knick of Time Tuesday!

  7. THE. COOLEST. MOM. EVER!!!! (in the history of ever). I'm not going to allow my son to see this...because he'll want one...and there's NO WAY that I can do this. YOU ROCK (loud!) xo

  8. How adorable this is! I absolutely love the way it turned out! EVERYTHING deserves a 2nd chance! (:
    Carrie-Eve @A-Hooahs-Housewife

  9. I flippin HATE you! and I mean that in the freakin sweetest way possible.:) .(picture Elaine from Seinfeld pushing Jerry when she was excited) Thats me....I am so JEALOUS of your creativity....and obvious time it took to create this...I actually kinda want to stomp my foot in a mini temper tantrum that I don't get to have this bar. Your son better be careful, the fact that this bar has wheels means it rocks and ROLLS...right outta his house into MINE..:)
    Love ya Bliss.

  10. Super repurpose Bliss! Love the bar, and you are the coolest mom on the block. :)


  11. How awesome...this is a piece of art, Bliss...and I'll bet it looks great with those sheers and curtains he bought, too!

  12. Bliss.
    You continue to floor me.
    Jaw dropping makeovers are apparently a common occurrence at the ranch because you just keep producing them. Your talent creating art out of the ordinary is extraordinary.

  13. Miss Bliss does it again! Wonderful wonderful wonderful! I have a radio cabinet in my garage....maybe now I'll be motivated to fix it up into a bar cabinet, which is what I bought it for. Mine has doors in the front though. And I had to pull out an amazing amount of electronic antiques to get it empty. .... actually mine had a turntable as well. I hope I still have that..... of course mine will NEVER compare to yours!

  14. That is one cool bar and a cool mom too!! It looks great from the front but I love the back shot of it housing the bar essentials! That paint sounds like it works like a charm!

  15. This is completely amazing! Oh my word how I love it!

  16. i love how this turned out and love that it is so very you!

  17. This is awesome, Bliss! (How funny---my son uses the bar we made from an old radio, too! Must be a "son" thing.) I love the navy and white combo--it's always been one of my favorites.

  18. What is this drivel about needing to be inspired by others when you can belt out THIS?!

    p.s. YOU inspire me. Now hand it over... haha

  19. Dang girl!! I want this piece, STAT! It's awesome Bliss.

  20. I shared this on my facebook and my daughter said, "If you make that for your blog, I'll pay you for it." Now, I'm on the hunt for an old cabinet radio. Not that I would charge her, of course. It's a top 40 hit!

  21. Holy Cow that's fun! What a fabulous up-cycle!

  22. all of his friends will be lined up to have the "cool" mom paint something for their bachelor pads. that bar is amazing.

  23. I absolutely ADORE this piece! It may just be my favorite Bliss transformation of all time.

  24. What a perfect piece to start his furniture collection with. I see his friends gathering around this bar in admiration. Love that you left part of it with the wood showing through and the chippy lettering is a really nice touch. Rockin' all the way around, Bliss!!

  25. LOVE it!

    You do amazing work.

  26. OMG! That is so cute! I never would've guessed that it was a bar from the front.

  27. WOW ... unbelievable ... you are amazing and so talented. Great job.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  28. That is so wonderful and so is your eye for decorating it the way you did.
    Your son should be thrilled , surely it will impress the girls and also of his mom's talent

  29. Love it!!! You're creativity amazes me!!! What did your son think?? What a cool mom!!~~Angela

  30. Wow! You are amazing. You always do the neatest projects... (does anyone say neatest anymore?) And 1984 was not that long ago and yes I played that song... LOUD.

  31. Excellent Bliss... that is a great color... you rocked it again!

  32. Your bars are ALWAYS the bomb! What a ROCKIN' mom you are ;)

  33. I need the music gimme some more - this is just fabulous Bliss !!!
    Close the one you made for yourself :)
    Lucky boy!

  34. I know I've said it before, but you're a freakin' genius. Oh, and I have a wonderful 22-year-old daughter whose boyfriend I'd like to trade in. You interested? I'd love to be related.


  35. In my loudest voice, no louder than that, A-MAZ-ING, this cabinet totally rocks (see I've gone all American again). I hope your son appreciates it, and how cool his Mum is.
    I'm loving Navy at the moment, though I'd like it on a souped up Mini Cooper S. Navy is the new black !!

  36. Crazy amazing, Bliss! You and Donna and Angie should totally form a furniture/decor production company. "Funky Knick of Bliss Junk" haha. Seriously, you are a creative genius :)

  37. That piece is beautiful. Thanks for sharing! Hello from Freedom Fridays!

  38. I think you ROCKED this hard core! I love your brain, and the coolness it creates....I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! Of course I pinned it...

  39. You turn up the talent that's for sure. Love how it turned out. And yes, I do remember that song. Loved it! thanks for sharing with SYC.

  40. I have upcycling envy! Some how I missed this post so I am so glad you shared on the Be. YOU. tiful Link party. This is too cool! I will never pass one of these radios up again:)

  41. That same radio was in my parents home (1942-1950). We (my brother and I, growing up) listened to The Shadow, Fibber MaGee and Molly, and a other Talk shows, of that era... The music was from after WW2, I remember. Oh boy, the memories to see what goes around, comes around, and now is new in a very different way.Times have changed, haven't they?

  42. Congratulations! You've been featured on Wicked Awesome Wednesday! Gorgeous radio redo! It's an original!! Stop by the website to pick up your "I've Been Featured!" button!

  43. Stunning!! Wow, what a great job and an idea. Lucky son....

  44. I think it may have eaten my comment ha!

    I am VERY jealous lol..Your son has a great Mom & I hope he knows this lol..SO very kind of you to make this for him! I LOVE it!!! I love the one you did from the dresser too, but this is my fave! I shared this post with a good friend!

    happy 4th!

  45. Oh what a fun redo! We have an old radio cabinet that I've got stored. You have my creative wheels turning. Welcome to the party at Green Willow Pond and thanks for linking up!


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