Here we go!
An old turntable/radio cabinet like this, made from maple in a country French style, is perfect for a rejuvenation. No one wanted it as none of the components worked, but I saw potential. I gutted the speakers, radio and turntable, added a new bottom to the storage on top and sides. (I have jewelry plans for the really cool tubes and colorful soldered bits - and parts of the speakers will end up as yard/outdoor art.) I regret I failed to get a "before" photo, but here is the finished piece.
|A shelf was added to each of the former speaker cavities. I even used the original hardware - just painted it.|
|Attractive storage - side cabs are perfect for books, center door for stuff to hide, and top space for anything! I have a huge collection of old VHS tapes that fit perfectly - spine up - here.|
|The finish I chose is two tone: dark taupe under and in the storage spaces, with a light sandy taupe as the topcoat. I utilized a resist technique for the chip-away distressed finish.|
So much of the new furniture available/affordable for the average person is very poor quality and not even made from solid woods but MDF, pressboard, and glue. One nick in that "fancy" sprayed-on pretend-a-wood finish and another Chinese import becomes junk. This cabinet will be handed down to the next generation.