Friday, January 30, 2015

Repurposed Vintage Radio Speaker

A few weeks ago I discovered a not-so-pretty vintage radio speaker at one of my favorite antique flea markets.  It was nothing more than a beat up shell, but it had to come home with me because the price was right and I still had a little extra space on the top of my shopping cart.

Repurposed vintage radio speaker night light
I went back and forth about what I wanted to do with it, then finally decided to give it a new life as a night light.

vintage radio speaker
This is what I started with.  There was a fragment of a sticker on the back, so I did some research and found out it was manufactured by Bremer-Tulley around 1927.

painted vintage radio speaker
I painted it with two different colors of chalk paint, crackled it in a few places with Elmer's Glue, applied clear wax and a little dark wax, then distressed it along the edges.  The vintage doily was attached to the inside with a few staples.

add a battery powered LED light to an old radio speaker
I didn't want to use a plug-in night light and have to deal with the cord hanging out the back, so I used a battery operated scented light.  This one is about 4" tall and turns on and off by pushing down on the top.

Repurposed radio speaker night light
Presto!  Just stick a finger through the back, push down, then watch it glow.

Repurposed vintage radio speaker night light
It gives off a beautiful soft glow in the dark and smells good too!   

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48 comments:

  1. brillant idea Betsy! It looks so much abetter no and has a use!

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  2. Eureka! Beautiful, unique, functional.

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  3. Gorgeous! I love it! The doily adds a lot!

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  4. Gorgeous! I love it! The doily adds a lot!

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  5. What a great idea, I love the lace.

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  6. Oh my gosh, I love it! You come up with the neatest ideas!

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  7. Betsy, I love this and using the crochet piece is so pretty!!!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  8. So fun! But, my favorite part of the post was saying you bought it because you still had space in your cart - a woman after my own heart!

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  9. Sigh........I love it......so unique!

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  10. What a great idea, Betsy! That turned out beautifully! Such a fun way to use a vintage doily, too!

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  11. Super! Perfect for my Let's Talk Vintage Party on Tuesday morning! I love how you took it from dark and drab to uplifting and light!

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  12. Another one of your great ideas. I would have never thought of making a night light.
    Enjoy your weekend.

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  13. Trash-to-treasure at it's best! What a gorgeous trsnformtsion! well done Betsy! Clever girl!

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  14. I knew you would do something amazing! Turned out great!

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  15. And a new life is created - beautiful!

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  16. Oh my gosh...that is so pretty! Amazed...as usual! :) Have a blessed weekend.

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  17. Oh, so very pretty! Love the doily...I would never in my wildest dreams thought of something so pretty! xo Karen

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  18. What a fabulous light bulb moment you had...You always have! I love it!

    Carol

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  19. How is it that EVERYTHING you make is so amazing? I adore this soooo much! This shall get a little facebook action this weekend. Thanks for linking up! :)

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  20. Delightful idea, B! I really love the finish you gave it, so authentic and can't believe it's brand new!

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  21. This is adorable - I have an old radio that I've been waiting to be inspired to fix up. This is my inspiration!

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  22. What a great makeover! It's so lovely. The doily is such a nice touch.

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  23. I was waiting for you to share with us what you did with this piece!
    And you have not disappointed us!!
    Love this and the doily makes it perfect!!! Great idea!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  24. It looks great now! And good chalk paint instructions for those of us not as familiar with its use.

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  25. You always inspire--this is absolutely gorgeous! Great upcycle! Blessings, Cecilia

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  26. what a wonderful redo......just perfect. I love that you still had room in your car you sound like me.....hmm you don't have room.....of course I do if I was meant to have it it will definitely fit!

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  27. What a great idea. I have some old clock cabinets I bet I could do the same thing with.

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  28. Such a sweet way to repurpose! Love it!

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  29. Another brilliant re-purpose!

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  30. You have done it again Betsy....another awesome idea!!! Like the doily added to it. Thank you for sharing it at party this week.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  31. Oh that is incredible!!! Makes me want to find one myself... awesome!

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  32. You're amazing! So creative and fun, too :)

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  33. Really fun! I did something similar with an old empty radio a while back. I used a light from a Christmas village house. I like what you did with out a cord better...I may have to switch it out :)

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  34. Adorable....I love the lace, to cute.

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  35. I love love this Betsy!!! It looks so wonderful!!! Great job!! xo Holly

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  36. Beautiful job Betsy on the repurposed radio speaker into a nightlight. I love that you added the doily. so sweet!
    catching you!
    gail

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  37. Soooo cool Betsy! I really love your creativity!

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  38. That sure did end up pretty! You are so creative...

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  39. What an AWSOME repurposing idea, Betsy! This is super cool and very creative!!!!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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