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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