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New Life for an Old Stereo Cabinet

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I purchased a 1950's stereo cabinet from a local Facebook Buy/Sell/Trade group. I had a vision for this piece, but I knew it was going to take a lot of work to get there. Like painting it TWICE, maybe? At one point, I was ready to light it on fire because I was over it. Luckily, my best friend is not as much of a quitter as I am, so she persevered for both of us and dragged me back in.
Time: 6 Hours Cost: $95 Difficulty: Medium
  • new life for an old stereo cabinet, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
This was the picture that made me fall in love with this piece. A local woman was selling it for $55 - what she paid for it - because she didn't have time to fix it up. I jumped on it!
  • new life for an old stereo cabinet, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
I used Zinsser 1-2-3 Primer (my favorite). I wasn't worried about the primer getting on the speaker fabric because it was going to be replaced soon anyway. I also discovered that the cabinets on the front were fake - and I could not get the hardware to come off!
  • new life for an old stereo cabinet, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
I used Maison Blanche Paint - Franciscan Grey. I knew I wanted a light/medium gray color. This ended up being TOO light, though. (This is where I wanted to take a match to it)
  • new life for an old stereo cabinet, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
See how light the Franciscan Grey really is? My best friend and I improvised and added some black latex paint to a quart of light gray latex paint until we got the color we were looking for. The darker color up top is what we ended up going with.
  • new life for an old stereo cabinet, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
This is the hardware that I was able to remove. I used Plaid Liquid Leaf in Silver to brighten it up. It is so easy to use!
  • new life for an old stereo cabinet, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
This is after the Liquid Leaf. What a difference!
  • new life for an old stereo cabinet, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
The finished product! The fabric I used was from Serena and Lily. Yes, the stereo still works. It is very, VERY loud. I wish it was a non-functional stereo! I unplugged and switched stuff as best I could, but unfortunately I have a husband that knows ALL about old stereos. Blessing/curse.
  • new life for an old stereo cabinet, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling

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