Good-Bye Dining Hutch, Hello Record Cabinet: A Fun Makeover

Posted by Dani on March 5, 2014

use an old china cabinet to store your records
This is a quick and easy project that I pulled together in no time. The hardest part actually was convincing the hubby to drop everything and meet me at Value Village to haul yet another piece of furniture home in the van. Once I got past that hurdle, the rest was easy.

You might have spotted the finished piece in this post that showed the basket shelving wall we put together for my oldest girl’s room.

basket storage wall, blue room

I was looking for a cute way to store my daughter’s collection of LPs. She’s a real music fan, and is making great use of the old vintage albums I kept from the musically misguided days of my youth. Have a look at some of the beauties I held on to:

old records

One word: yikes!

Sometimes we have this kind of thing going on full blast in the house:

AC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Brings back memories! And we’ve also rounded out the collection with a number of thrift store finds, like this one:

Santa Claus Is Canadian

Double yikes.

All of this musical amazingness had to live somewhere, and I wanted something that would suit the colourful vintage vibe of her room. A trip to the local thrift store netted me the perfect old dining room hutch, one that had seen better days – all for only about $39. You can’t beat that, as I explained to the hubby while he stared at it incredulously. Unlike me, seeing the hidden gems in thrift store furniture is not one of his talents.

Now, I was a really bad blogger and did not get a photo before I started to enthusiastically rip the thing apart. But it looked something like the cabinet in the picture at the bottom.

Except uglier. Seriously – no redeeming qualities at all. Bad veneer, horrible finish, unappealing colour. This thing had no business being a dining room hutch any more. It really needed to be turned into a cute yellow record cabinet.

Here’s a shot of the bottom half before I started:

dining room hutch

I took off the top portion of the cabinet, which left a bottom half I could work with. The two left and right side doors were removed easily by unscrewing the hinges. And the center “door” was actually a fixed panel, which my burly husband ripped out, along with a shelf across the back. This left me with a few holes that I easily filled with my trusty Polyfilla.

A little sanding gave me a nice smooth finish. I pulled out the Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer, and a few episodes of Shameless on the computer, and got to work.

painting an old china cabinet

I gave it 2 coats of primer to be sure, and 2 good coats of paint. I used a regular semi gloss wall paint, and sanded lightly in between coats.

A few episodes of my show later, I had a sweet yellow cabinet.

painting an old dining room hutch

Cute, non? And all of her albums fit inside. If we remove a few duds from the vinyl collection, there’s even room in the cabinet for her receiver with her turntable sitting on top.

Unfortunately, the AC/DC will be staying.

goodbye hutch hello record cabinet



20 Responses to “Good-Bye Dining Hutch, Hello Record Cabinet: A Fun Makeover”

  1. That’s awesome!!!! Yikes = awesome, right? Same albums have been in my repertoire!! So yikes must = awesome! 😉 Nice score on that hutch! Beautiful job!!!! What did you do with the top part? Is it waiting for the next awesome project!

    • Dani says:

      The top part had to go, seeing as I already have ANOTHER top of a hutch to make over at some point, and hanging on to 2 is asking the hubby a little too much 😉 In the meantime, we are making good use of the handy vinyl collection and reliving the 80s in the house. Yikes sometimes is exactly the right word 😉

  2. Jen says:

    Impressive! Love the colour you chose. Perfect for this dull winter weather. Well done.

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Jen! It’s perfect for my daughter’s room, and functional too. And we’re having a lot of fun with the old records.

  3. Fab! Both the vinyl collection and your makeover, Dani! When I read ‘record cabinet’ I couldn’t wait to see what you had in store for us!!

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Sheila! It was a fun project, and great to get all the records into one place. My daughter is getting a real kick out of some of the oldies!

  4. mama lola says:

    WOWZAH! awesome!!!
    looks so amazing, and i especially love those bright, bold colours!

  5. Sandy says:

    What a great makeover! It looks amazing now 🙂 Love the baskets on the wall too. LOL…wowee! 22 Explosive Hits! I have that record. An oldie but a goodie! Congrats on your project!

  6. Shauna says:

    Such a smart idea to take the cabinet doors off. Love that lemon-y color too!

  7. Kathryn says:

    I love the colour! It’s sooo happy! Nice find!

  8. Ohmigosh that was a hideous before cabinet! It is positively transformed with that sweet yellow you picked. All that’s missing from your daughter’s room is a disco ball light (psst, Ikea now sells them 😉 )

  9. Woah, that looks amazing!! I think that rocks like a dirty deed, like that’s hot stuff baby – no milk and cookies there! No really, nicely done and it looks great!

  10. Great job! That is the perfect shade of yellow and what an impressive LP collection.

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Vanessa! The yellow actually looks great in her room. And we are enjoying bringing out the oldies sometimes!

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