This post is going to date me but I have to say, re-purposing this 70’s Stereo Cabinet brought back f-u-u-n childhood memories.
While I was removing the stereo components, I remembered how excited I was when my family purchased our very first stereo console.
It had an open concept dashboard with two large speakers on either side and a place in the middle to house albums, 45’s and 8 tracks. The cabinet was made of wood composite; the dash and speakers in silver and black to give it that mod’rn disco look.
It was HUGE… and I thought it was the coolest thing ever!
Looking back, I had so many good times with that stereo. All my little girlfriends would come over to sing on the microphones, and my Mum would always crank up the volume so we could dance to Sweet’s Ballroom Blitz…ooooooh yaaaaaa!
Well, I think this Stereo Cabinet that I re-purposed into a trunk/bench is pretty cool too….
I started by cutting mirrors for the two open side panels where the speakers were. I removed and replaced the original edge-banding because it was in poor shape and then I asked M-M-M to configure a strong MDF bottom so it’s sturdy enough to use as a trunk or bench.
Next came a few coats of primer and paint and then the entire piece was protected with a few coats of Varathane in a semi-gloss finish.
This stereo was sprayed from start to finish and the paint color is Sherwin-Williams White Duck #7010.
Initially I was really stumped on what color to paint it but I’m really happy I chose the clean look of white. Although I love color, white is my all time favorite. Clean, classic, feminine and versatile. It can be dressed up or down and looks fabulous decked out with splashes of color.
This one… I think I’m going to keep. It will look amazing at the end of a bed or under a window and it will be perfect to store my gift wrap/linens or knick-knacks. I love turning something old and dated into something new and functional.
Let me know what you think… or if you’ve re-purposed one of these stereos, I’d love to hear how it turned out for you.
Enjoy your day,