Vintage Record Cabinet Makeover
|Because I LOVE a good before and after picture!
This project may be my least expensive and most instantly gratifying makeover yet!
As I continue to makeover my guest bedroom, I was looking for a nightstand to match the custom bed I was making. I stumbled upon this little beauty at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. It was $20 dollars! I instantly saw the potential in it, I even kinda liked the little lion pulls on the front (though I knew I would change those too, cause I always change EVERYTHING). When my mom saw it she said "You know what this is? It's a vintage record cabinet." I thought..."Well I am about to sand the vintage right out of it!" So, I brought it home and it sat for months in my garage. I wanted to first build and finish the bed for the guest room so I could match the stain.
Here is how I did the quick makeover:
|Before- Beat up, but charming.
|The inside- what makes it a "record cabinet".
First, I dusted the piece pretty well with a wet rag. Then I started sanding with my orbital sander.
I definitely used my mask for this project, especially since I am allergic to mold. You never know where vintage pieces have been.
I continued to sand, sand, sand...
|The gold detail came right off with the sander.
To get into the corners, I had to use my "mouse" detail sander. Then again, I knew I was staining it very dark, so I was not too picky about getting every single spot off.
After sanding it looked something like this:
Then I vacuumed it clean and wiped with a wet rag to remove all of the sawdust.
I started staining with this stain:
|Go with the grain of the wood.
And wear gloves otherwise you will get a very dark "sunless tan".
I coated the table with two coats of stain, waiting one day in between.
Then I added two coats of Minwax Poly- Acrylic protectant in clear satin.
|Use a paintbrush.
Make sure to clean up "clumps" and "globs" and "drips" of the poly.
Then I added new hardware, I think they were $3 each.
|Showing the new hardware, though the old lions were charming too!
I'll use the lions for another project, I'm sure.
If you are wondering about the inside of the cabinet, I just cleaned it out, this was a time sensitive project and the inside looks great the way it is.
Here are some more afters:
|In my "Jewel Box" Guest Room
Ohhh.. BTW- I found the "matching" record table online- looks like someone else saw the potential in this little cabinet "The Poppy Cottage"- She sold it on Etsy!
|My cabinet's twin- somewhere out there.
Hope you like this quick makeover. It's so fun to find something cheap and then make it into something beautiful!