Old Stereo is New Television Stand

by DesertRose
4 Materials
2 Days

An old record stereo cabinet can make a lovely tv stand. Stripping and refinishing the paint was the first step. Using Ready Strip paint and varnish remover, let it set 8 hours where it is well ventilated. It should scrape off. Apply a little water as needed to help scrape it off. Apply a second coat of remover if needed and wait 8 hours again. Be sure to put plastic underneath as it will make a mess.

Here the front center was removed to add some pine shelves.

Some old parts were donated to teens who enjoy electronics and some parts like the speakers were sold. This helped cover the cost of the stain and shellac that was used.

Sand with 220 grit sandpaper. Varathane wood stain will fast dry. Shellac is the finish used as it dries quickly. It is really easy to sand if you make a mistake. Use 2 coats and repeat as needed to let the grains show through.

Pine boards were added, sanded, and then stained and the finish applied. Small mistakes like a drip or two that runs is probably best left alone rather than try to sand and match the exact color stain. Small drips really do not show that much.

It really turned out beautiful and fits in the sitting room nicely. This was a gift of love for the holidays.

It looks new with the new stain and shellac, and it accommodates the new larger television set. There is room for the cords in back and various equipment on the new shelves.

Suggested materials:
  • Varathane Wood stain   (Home Improvement store)
  • Shellac   (Home Improvement store)
  • Pine boards   (Home Improvement store)
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