Reclaim Project 1: The Entertainment Cabinet!

MEcabFIRSTEvery decor project has elements that make it unlike any other, and a three-room project I’m working on in Minneapolis is a great example! Specific challenges required us to go custom for a small entertainment cabinet that needed to house a woofer and other stereo components!

MEcartcollage2Our floor plan calls for placing this cabinet beneath a living room windowsill in the client’s early 1900s home, setting the height dimension for this piece. And because woofers require no impediment to sound waves, the cabinet front needs to be porous.


Radiator screening — lightweight and patterned — was a good choice for the door panels. Metal screening has another attribute I favor: the ability to be made to look old when it’s not!


Here’s that same aluminum radiator screen after it’s been painted and antiqued.┬áIt looks naturally aged with the appearance of patina built up over time!


I started with a coat of Rustoleum metal primer, then brushed on a first coat of Modern Masters iron paint. When dry, a second coat is applied. Then, an acidic patina activator is applied when the second coat of iron paint is still wet. A combination of spraying and sponging yields the uneven look that mimics a true patina.




This cabinet will also use reclaim elements. Here are the cabinet feet…


… which started their journey as stair spindles!

They received the same patina treatment.


For less than $4, this slightly curved handle — oil-rubbed bronze over a copper-lookalike finish — provides a lot of style. Handles will be placed vertically!

The aqua patination and touches of copper color will work great in this room, where we used a coral-y terra cotta on the walls, and touches of teal in the upholstery. More on those choices and palette later!

This piece is at the reclaim carpenter’s now! Can’t wait to share the finished piece! We’ve got a second reclaim project, a long, narrow console, planned for this client’s all-season sunroom. More to come!



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