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.
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:
One word: yikes!
Sometimes we have this kind of thing going on full blast in the house:
Brings back memories! And we’ve also rounded out the collection with a number of thrift store finds, like this one:
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:
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.
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.
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.