Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Old School Stereo Cabinet Redo


This cabinet resides in my craft room.  I first posted about my new craft room here. This is the other side of that room, part of the original cabin.  I don't think I ever mentioned that our home has been in my husbands family for many years did I? This old school stereo cabinet was here when I came along in storage.  Nobody wanted it.  It obviously wasn't going to be used for its original purpose anymore.  I could have gotten rid of it or give her new life.  I liked the curvy lines.  I just knew I could do something with her. 


 I did this pre-blog so I don’t have any before pictures.  This is the closest thing I could find on the Internet. 
You've all seen these babies right?  The one in the above photo is a lot nicer than mine but the lines are similar.  It had the mesh in the front that hid the speakers and a sliding top that revealed the record player.  I pretty much ripped all the guts out and built a box inside.

 Originally I didn't put doors on it.  I just had the supports in there.  It held my husbands equipment manuals and books when this room was the "Man room".  One day while staring at this cabinet thinking it needed some doors I remembered I had some and amazingly they fit perfectly.  Dontcha just love it when that happens?  Well the height was perfect but I did have to take out those middle support pieces and move them out a few inches.  No biggy.  I found a few of these doors at the Habitat Restore.  They must of been sample doors because they were all different finishes.  They were $1 each so I picked them up without knowing what I was going to use them for.  It looks soooo much better with doors.


When I change over this room to my craft room I added the baskets.  They are from Wal-Mart and I made the liner from some apple green napkins I got for a gift.  The tray on the top shelf I got on clearance at Target.  It works perfectly to transport my laptop to the couch in the other room.  Above the credenza you might notice my JOY bunting.  I got the idea from Miss Mustard Seed at Christmas but I like it so much it’s staying all year. It's no sew made from canvas and a stencil. I made the stencil like I did here.



So you are wondering what's up with that deer head?  My husband doesn't hunt he fishes but he loves the thing.  It's just always been here.  He is not even sure who put it there.  For him it reminds him of growing up visiting his Grand Parents and I just can't mess with that. It just occurred to me that it's strange he (the deer) doesn't have a name. Hmmm, it seems to late to name him now though doesn't it?
I just realized I never finished distressing the doors.  the rest of the cabinet was painted, lightly sanded and given the stain treatment. Oops, the thing is far from perfect but it was so fun to do.  Like many of you out there I would rather re purpose an old piece of furniture any day then by new.  So much more rewarding!  Even if I never do quite finish it. ;) 
Thanks for visiting my craft room! 



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30 comments:

Rene said...

What a great way to re-purpose and old piece. I do run into those from time to time and now I will think of them in a hole new way.

Nice job!

Sue @ House Pretty said...

You did a really nice job on that! And, you put a lot of work into it. I wholeheartedly agree with you. I would much rather re purpose something older, than buy new. I don't want to pay retail prices; kind of gives me the hives, if you know what I mean. I also like unique pieces, and I'm trying to do my part to slow the fill up of the landfill!

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

How nice to have a craft room. That must be where you come up with all the great ideas...like slipcovering a recliner. Seriously, I showed my husband. I was that impressed :)

I'm with you on not buying new and repurposing what you have or thrifty find. It's much more rewarding and good for the wallet/environment. Besides, I think you get a more original look. Love how you were able to add the doors! Great piece and function! :) ~M

Karen said...

That looks incredible, what a great re purpose.I prefer buying vintage pieces and redoing them too. The quality of new things just isn't the same. I'm a new follower come visit sometimes, I'd love it.

Angie said...

That is a really great piece. I'll have to be on the lookout for one. Love all the storage it provides.

The Uncluttered Lifestyle said...

Wonderful project. You did a great job. Gives me a lot of ideas to do myself.

Robin said...

Such a way to reuse it. It looks fabulous with it's new paint job and pretty organized assessories.

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

Now that is just clever and adorable!

Cristie said...

Your ugly ducking tuned out just beautiful...amazing what a litlle imagination and paint can do. Great job.

Karie's Chic Creations said...

What a great transformation. I would never guess it was one of those old stereos. You did a great job. Way to go girl. Thanks for sharing. Karie

Ellen said...

Love the transformation! You've got great creative talent there! It looks awesome.

xoxo,
Ellen

Amanda said...

Such a wonderful transformation, looks stunning!

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

It looks fabulous and what a great idea for organization!

Denise said...

Great re-purpose project. I've seen these old school kind of stereo cabinets in thrift stores 3 times just in the last month. Wish I had space for one to do something similar.

Allison@FabRehab said...

Love, love, LOVE!
I have been searching for something similar to redo!

anangloinquebec said...

Superbe! Great idea. I love what you are doing in this place. Our house, although different, is quite similar in style so I am really enjoying what you are doing to your home.

shabbylisaw said...

I wish I would have seen this idea a couple of months ago. I was looking for something like this but never found anything that would work and went another direction. Great job on your project!

Shannon @ Creative Catalog said...

Looks like a great piece of furniture. Fabulous job with it. :-)

Lily Dily said...

I love this! I have the same piece my Aunt gave me years ago. I am going to have to look at it more closely and see if I can change it up a bit also....I hope I can figure out how to get it open...wish me luck! Thanks Linda

Butterflies & Seashells said...

Great cabinet. Nice thinking that you put the shelves in. It looks very functional.

Paisley Walls said...

Great Transformation. My Grandmother has the same cabinet..haha! Love the new look! visiting from MMS
newest follower of BRC!

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

I LOVE this!! I would love for you to share it at my Linky Party!

*ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *

xoxokara

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

Love it! it turned out awesome!
gail

I Play Outside The Box said...

Gorgeous!!!! Wish I had my old stereo now. Found your link at gail@myrepurposedlife.net.

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

Thank you for linking up this great post last week! {Im a lil behind, eeekk!}

Its party time AGAIN!!! xoxokara



*ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *


I LOVE this Makeover! BEAUTIFUL!!!

Lori said...

This is amazing. I just found your blog through a link someone provided in a Yahoo! Group regarding your bird house. Love your blog.

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

This is phenomenal! Great job. I pinned this.

Shabby Soul said...

I love your site! I am your newest follower! I LOVE this piece (and how neat is that? that the doors fit it perfectly!).

Susan said...

The deer's name is JOY!
Love your blog and all your projects! Found you at Cozy Little House.
Susan

MSG said...

I love how you reused the old stereo, I have one in my garage I was about to haul off, and then it occurred to me to try to re-purpose it, yours is the best I've seen on the web. Thank you for the inspiration! I hope to tackle this project this spring/summer!

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