Vintage Stereo Cabinet – Before & After

Vintage Stereo Cabinet ~ Before & After. From Facelift Furniture's DIY Blog.This highly dated stereo has been completely converted into from an eye sore to an eye catcher that now serves as a flat screen TV stand.  All internal electronics and cabinetry were removed, creating a large storage space accessed through the top.  Includes original burnished brass hardware.  

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I’m often asked where I buy used furniture, and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Bryan, TX is one of my favorites places to shop.  I frequent ReStore often, along with several other local thrift stores like Goodwill and the Twin City Mission’s Second Chance stores.

Last summer while launching Facelift Furniture, I purchased this retro stereo cabinet at ReStore and saw lots of potential.  I also realized a lot would need to be done to convert this piece into someone both desirable and usable.  This was a major exercise in deconstructing a piece that was very well built.  Let’s say this was also a great learning experience for someone who is better with a paint brush than building things with his hands!

First, I had to remove the old stereo components from inside the cabinet.  That wasn’t too difficult, and fortunately my battery powered screwdriver helped a lot with that.  I also had to figure out how to remove those curtains which covered the speakers AND replace them to look like the two inner faux doors.  The faux doors with curtains were popped off by removing long wood screws from the inside.

Vintage Stereo StepsSomehow, I also needed to remove the inner inset cabinet to open up the area below for storage.  I have to admit, I kind of stalled out at this point.  I wasn’t sure how to get that inset wood out other than by sawing and I wasn’t convinced that was the best way to go.  Additionally, the speakers were still attached and I could not figure out how to remove them.  So until about a month ago, this piece served as a painting stand for many other projects in my shop.  But with spring at hand, I had an itch to conquer lingering projects and this was high on my list.

Having worked with furniture full time for over a year now, I’ve actually deconstructed a few other pieces, and discovered that heavy wood screws are often key to holding furniture together.  Recently, I wondered if the inner cabinet was held in place with screws that could be removed.  It was, and before I knew it, I had the inner cabinet completely out.  Not so hard after all!  I had to figure out the speakers next, and by accident I realized the speakers nuts tightened and untightened off the bolts the opposite of how we know must nuts and bolts to work.  So off came the speakers.  Finally, the cabinet was completely gutted!

 Now came the last step before painting.  The outer faux doors needed thin wood panels cut to size to fit where the curtains had been.  A few weeks ago, I found wood in my shop that would work, and cut 8 pieces to size.   I was excited to see them fit!

About a week later, I fastened them in place with both wood glue and small screws, and then reattached the doors back on the cabinet.  In the photo at right, the left door is back on and the right one is yet to be reattached (you can see through the lower speaker hole).

Now all that was needed was paint.  So late last week, I scuffed and scrubbed down the cabinet for applying grey tinted primer.  Priming itself seemed like quite the improvement!  Then came the actual paint, and my choice was Barn Red, a new addition to our line up.  It’s brighter than than Chili Pepper Red, and I had an idea it would help this piece take a big leap.   

Yet paint alone is not what makes for a great transformation.  Glazing and distressing take it two steps further–they are like the icing and candles on the cake!  So with a heavy black glaze treatment in the detailed areas, and distressing of wood edges, this cabinet underwent a MAJOR transformation!  The original pulls were reattached in original condition, providing a nice throw back to it’s original design.  

Vintage Stereo Cabinet ~ Before & After. From Facelift Furniture's DIY Blog.
 

Lime Green Nightstand

 

Nightstand upstyled in a rich lime green, with heavy black glaze accenting bamboo and woven design.  Distressing reveals hints of the white primer, providing even more eye catching detail.  “Before” photo below. 

This nightstand is the ninth and final post in the Nine Needing a New Look series.  To see how a group of worn and dated end tables and nightstands were given a new life with paint and glaze finishes, go HERE.

This series is also featured on our Facebook page in a before and after album titled Nine Needing a New Look.  It can be viewed by clicking HERE (no Facebook account required).

Chunky Nightstand – Before & After

Chunky Nightstand in Antiqued White - Before & After

I think this may be the thickest, chunkiest, loudest, most obnoxious–or whatever you will call it–nightstand I have seen. And I couldn’t pass it up!

It is painted Antiqued White, with heavy Espresso glaze, and distressing for a great rustic look. Includes original weathered brass hardware. 

 

Chair Back Coat Rack

FLF Chair Back Coat RackWorking with furniture, one of the things I enjoy most is thinking outside the box. I like finding creative ways to repurpose furniture that’s on it’s last leg or heading to the dumpster.

In my upstairs loft, there are tall shelves that hold cabinet doors, drawer fronts and other “remnants” waiting to be made into chalk boards or coat racks.  These ornate and solid pieces, once serving a purpose in a home, are examples of what can be upstyled into a unique, one-of-a-kind accents in  a living space.

Today, I was upstairs tidying up–and about to part ways with an antique chair I had painted, glazed, and distressed in the fall.  It was waiting a new seat cushion base, and I had placed it on top of the tall shelves. Recently, I moved something next to it, and the chair fell down and an underside support piece broke beyond my ability to repair.  Painting chairs by brush is a lot of work because of all the surfaces.  With the chair broken, it seemed the effort was in vain!  But then this morning, I got an idea.

Initially, I wondered if something could be done with the chair back.  With all its great detail, I decided I would cut it off and keep it on hand.  Then I noticed how the front legs were sharp looking and had a nice support piece between them.  Finally, I saw how those legs could be attached to the base of the chair back (after some trimming and sawing to make a good fit).  I already had the hooks on hand, and after attaching the legs to the chair back tightly with wood screws, an almost discarded chair became a coat rack with great, unique character!

For more ideas on how chair backs can be made into coat racks, read this post.  And to view our entire collection of Repurposed Wall Pieces, go HERE.

Distressed Magnetic Chalkboards

SOLD:  Distressed magnetic chalkboards in various colors.  All 20″ x 28″ with inverted pull at bottom to hold piece of chalk.  On display at our studio at 2151 Harvey Mitchell Parkway South, Suite 329, College Station, TX.

For current availability of home accent pieces, visit our Home Decor & Accents album on Facebook.

Distressed Turquoise Dresser with Paprika Pulls

Turqouise Dresser Paprika Pulls Facelift FurnitureDistressed turquoise dresser with paprika pulls.  Original finish was a soft yellow, which comes through in distressing, tying in well with spray painted color of orangish-red pulls.  Lots of eye catching character.  A great addition to a bedroom or living area as a flat screen stand.  46″ long, 30″ tall, and 18″ deep.

Read about other dressers refinished in turquoise, or visit our Dressers album for all our favorites in a variety of colors.

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Turqouise Dresser Paprika Pulls

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