Before & After: Lindsay's Filthy to Fabulous Record Cabinet

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Lindsay fell in love with the shape of this vintage record player console from Craigslist, but when she picked it up, it was beyond dirty. A lot of elbow grease and a little paint later, check out the results:

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From Lindsay:

I have a thing for vintage record player cabinets. I found this Mid-Century style record console that had been gutted on Craigslist, and picked it up immediately. It is solid wood, and was in fairly good condition. Except it was FILTHY. Truly one of the more disgusting pieces I have found. So, I busted out the DL hand cleaner (aka the best furniture cleaner in existence) and spent a solid two hours scrubbing and sanding. I have found that when I am planning to paint a piece, I will typically use the DL and then spend as much time sanding, first with 120-grit to really get the finish off, then with 320 to smooth the edges.

I removed the hardware, pulled the doors out and primed the piece with Gripper primer in grey, then began to paint. I wanted to minimize brush strokes for a smooth finish, so I used a small, dense foam roller brush and satin finish paint in Martha Stewart’s “Wrought Iron.” Then, after I had painted three coats in the Wrought Iron, I taped the legs and painted just the feet in a metallic gold paint (Martha Stewart specialty finishes – Vintage Gold). I was inspired to do this by several Mid Century pieces that have metal sheathings on the feet. I then used the gold with a tiny brush to highlight the vertical lines in the front of the piece. And I’m pretty happy with it!

For more photos, check out Lindsay's blog, The Paris Avenue House.

Thanks, Lindsay!

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(Images: Lindsay George)

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