Robin from Redo It Yourself Inspirations has truly outdone herself with the awe-inspiring makeover she's done on this antique record player cabinet in Lazy Linen All-in-One Decor Paint! Come see the incredible before and after pictures here.
I found this weather beaten antique on the curb and brought it home with the best intentions. However, it was the roughest salvaged piece of furniture I've dealt with yet and I almost threw it out... a few times.
Each time I picked the cabinet up to work on it, it fell apart or broke some more. All it did was fight me. It was missing the bottom. The hinges were missing as well, so the lid was nailed into the top. (Yikes... nails! Ruining the oak underneath!)
Then the lid. Peeling veneer; mixing stained wood putty and filling the cracks prepared it for a smooth sanding.
First, the top and then underneath... and sanded some more to bring the wood back to life.
TIP: Those sponge brushes... they make nice little mini spatulas. A ruined sponge can be removed and those plastic flexible handles fill cracks so easy!
After sanding and staining the lid, it was time to "rebox" the top with reclaimed wood (to hide the hole from the gramophone "horn" that was once there.) This was the area that once held the "record player".
Then I attached the lid with the reclaimed treadle sewing machine hinges that fit perfectly. (After cleaning the hinges.)
Finally, I decoupaged the interior and shelving throughout the cabinet with paper napkins.
Now it was for the exterior of the cabinet. It was on to removing veneer from those gorgeous curved Empire style doors. That left me with the remaining and last layer on the front and the backs of the doors. So, I glued and clamped them for repair and sanding.
The cabinet was repaired. Now for the piece de resistance!
I added wood appliques and carvings...Glued and clamped on overnight, and then I finally painted the cabinet in the beautiful "Lazy Linen" All-In-One Decor Paint. Wonderful coverage in one coat! Even over that old pinkish red paint!
The curves are accentuated. The carving is highlighted. The cabinet is defined.
And now the cabinet makes a great beverage center.
Or side server.
It's really transformed from trash to treasure.
It was a feisty fight, but we get along quite nicely now.
I love the Pearl wax over Lazy Linen. It's a perfect match. The Antiquing wax is wonderful for defining the carvings.
Hi there! I'm Robin, an Adirondack born and raised DIY'er transplanted into the capital area of New York. I blog at Redo It Yourself Inspirations where I share tutorials that focuses on all aspects of the DIY Home and Garden. I enjoy showing how to be thrifty while recycling and re-purposing every day items and furniture as much as possible. I love helping others find the inspiration to make better uses of things creatively.