Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Record Player Rehab

I gotta admit, I'm pretty pumped about this reveal.  I've been searching high and low for a long time for something that our television could sit on, and I finally got it!  For FREE - even better!  Without further ado, I give you this.....

Sexy, right? 
It's an old AM/FM radio and record player console.  The middle flap on the top lifts up and reveals this...
And the side compartments house the speakers.

The fancy scrollwork was the whole reason I fell in love with this piece in the first place.  I was extra careful during deconstruction to make sure nothing happened to these pieces.

So where am I going with this?  Well, first things first, I had to rip that sucker apart!

I got a studly man to start cutting through the front panel of the console.  This is where the components would sit for the TV.
After several hours of demolition, I ended up with this mess and a garbage can full of junk.  But the more I started taking things apart and removing stuff, the better the soon-to-be-finished product looked.

After Day One (and after I cleaned up my mess) this is where I was at.  It not only looked better, but it weighed about 50 lbs less after all the stereo stuff was removed.  Note: the top flap was on hinges and no longer stayed down once I removed the radio attached to it.  I later solved that problem by using magnets to keep it closed.
I built a shelf in the middle using leftover MDF board.

The next day I got to work on painting.  I decided to make the whole console white, using leftover white paint from our bathroom remodel.  The fancy scrolled panels were going to be different though, to let them stand out.  I laid them out and sprayed them with aqua spray paint I had on hand.

I didn't get any other working shots, mainly because I was anxious to get this thing finished and in our living room.

But here she is....

Allow me to point out a few things:

1.  The blue panels were backed with coordinating fabric I had in my fabric stash and turned into door panels for the speaker cabinets.
2.  The center of the console was cut out and turned into shelf space for the television cable box.
3.  The shelves and middle area were covered with leftover wallpaper from the stairwell project I did last month.

The paint job took several coats (like SIX!) but I used a high density foam roller that made sure it was a smooth and even finish all over.

Before I brought it inside, I had Dan do a once-over to make sure I didn't miss any spots with the paint (he had been pointing places out all along, being anal as usual).  This was his idea of being funny, inspecting my work....

Luckily though, it passed inspection and we were able to bring it inside.

It fits the size of the television so much better than the cheapy Target model we bought several months ago (which is now being listed on Craigslist).

I added hinges to the blue wood panels, which now serve as doors.  A great place to stash junk and Wii games out of sight.

I'm soooo happy with the finished product!  It looks fantastic in the living room and is the final piece I've been looking for.

And I know I'm probably the only one who would pair a blue and white console next to a pink chair, but I think it works for me :)

You like??


  1. It came out FANTASTIC! It had no problem passing inspection-- haha :)


  2. WOW! That's great :) People still sell those around here for $50 at least. Otherwise I'd definitely try and convince hubby to let me try something similar. BTW I got here through Betterafter.

    1. Thank you! I got it for free, so it was a deal ;) Thanks for checking out my blog!!

  3. Visiting from Better After. You did an amazing job! It looks fantastic!

    1. Thank you soooo much! And thanks for visiting :)


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