Vintage Victrola Mini Bar/ Liquor Cabinet With Stain Painted Images

M&M Embellishments
by M&M Embellishments
3 Materials
A friend of mine had this antique victrola that she had given up on refinishing so she passed it along to me. I got right into dismantling the non working parts and had a vision to make it into a wine bar.
But like my firiend, I lost steam and the victrola sat for months. It needed so much cleaning that I kept putting it off. The wood was beautiful but needed so much work that I thought this was a good opportunity to try out some new paints.
I realized when I took out the parts, I would have to add a shelf to the inside of the lid. Also, the bottom of the main interior compartment was so bad that I decided to add a new piece of wood in there as well.

I finally got up the energy and cleaned it all up with TSP after dismantling it. I did a coat of shellac to seal in the tannins (to keep the old, rich wood from bleeding through the paint).
I painted with two coats of Wise Owl Paints in Limestone for the exterior and Higgins Lake for the interior. I almost gave up on painting the inside of the small doors because they are soooo long and narrow, it was very difficult. But I managed to keep going and get the job done!
I added a coat of Polyvine, and some crackling occurred. I'm still not sure why that happened, but I decided to just go with it, as it isn't too much and not unpleasant - just adds character to the vintage piece. I'm pretty sure the reason is because I didn't wait long enough for the paint to dry, but not positive.

I then added a wash of Shabby Paints Black Revax and wiped off until I got the look I was going for. And one more coat of Polyvine.
Now for the fun!

I hand stained a French Typography onto the two front doors - this isn't a stencil.
And I hand stained the images onto the new shelf. I also attached the original metal plate in the corner and used a gilding paste on all of the hardware.
And for the icing on the cake....

I hand stained the image of the wine/ barrel/ grapes onto the top of the lid!
Another couple of coats of polyvine onto the images for protection.

Then I added hardware on the inside of the two small doors for hanging glassware, and onto each side I added a towel bar and a hook on the other for hanging wine opener and other necessities.
I kept the inside of the lid in its natural state, as the wood is so beautiful in that area and it has the original Victrola "stamp".
And she's ready to go.... I love the way it turned out! And hoping someone will love it as much as I do! :)
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Suggested materials:
  • Shabby Paints
  • Wise Owl Paints
  • MinWax Ebony STain
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