When you hit up a lot of thrift stores, like I do, you start to see the same items over and over. Stereo cabinets are one of those discarded items I always spot but never purchase. They are as common as donated bedpans. Usually in the same department as bedpans.
Sidetone: Who donates these bedpans?
Why are they being sold and not thrown out?
Are bedpans a hot seller?
This can’t be sanitary?
This, my friends, is why you must always carry hand sanitizer into thrift stores.
And also why thrift stores smell so funkay.
Enough bedpan talk.
I had never purchased a stereo cabinet before, but always admired them, thinking one would make a good media console. It’s the perfect size and shape for storing your cable box and your kid’s collection of Disney movies.
I found this old radio console for $25.00 at Goodwill. The thrift store goddess was looking down on me that day because when I asked about purchasing it the Goodwill employee exclaimed “$25? That’s too high! Let me ask my manager if we can get you a better price.”
Well, if you insist.
So I scored it for $15.
It was already gutted with the record player and speakers removed.
All I had to do was shine it up.
Since the lines of the piece were very mid-century modern I decided to stick with a modern look. I busted out my go-to color, Naval, from Heirloom Traditions. It is the absolute perfect color of Navy.
I only painted the body and sealed it with Dark Umber Soft Wax.
Midcentury media cabinets are hot items, as I had been eyeing a few from West Elm when I searched for my own media console. The price tag for furniture like this is not cheap – so this Goodwill find is a steal.
I found a similar credenza from Urban Outfitters for $649 but I might be too old and uncool to shop somewhere like that anyway.
For the interior and the front panel of wood I just revived it with hemp oil. You seriously just rub the stuff in and it brings the wood back to life. No staining needed.
The inside had this lattice work as a makeshift self. I cut a piece of wood to replace it but the lattice is sturdy and I sort of like how it looks. Maybe a little janky for some people, so I will give whoever buys this piece the fancier shelf and let them decide.
The top flips open, where the record player once lived, but now is the perfect spot for a cable box.
The openings on both sides would be a great place for wire baskets.
I don’t do many midcentury or modern pieces but sometimes people think of painted furniture as only for “shabby chic” decor. Painted furniture can be whatever you want it to be and that’s what makes it addictive.
Although this modern piece isn’t a project I would normally tackle, stepping outside of my comfort zone makes me feel like I am growing as an artist. Maybe I will sell my new credenza and keep this one instead.
PS: This piece of furniture is for sale. Email me at email@example.com if you are interested!