Before & After: 1960’s Stereo Cabinet Turned Into 50,000 Song “Porta-Party”

published Sep 6, 2012
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What started off as a worn down circa 1960’s stereo cabinet was converted into an impressive yesterday-meets-tomorrow media PC capable of storing their 50,000 song library. Open up the refinished top hinged cabinet and a custom laser cut plexiglass panel perfectly presents and stores an Apple wireless keyboard, Magic Trackpad, USB port for external devices, and a monitor display for the juke box…

All in all the only item we paid for outright for this project were some new fabric, Plexiglas panels and a few $$$ worth of PC parts. The real benefit has been the ability to listen to our music without having to use our laptops or hooking up something to the TV. An ipod dock-speaker it is not, but they don’t make ipod big enough for our whole collection, and this thing matches our living room.

I have to admit I’m partial to these sort of before and after projects using vintage stereo cabinets. I worked on one myself for a few months (above), later selling the “after” to a friend upon moving to a new apartment where the expansive cabinet would no longer fit.

Others have totally detoured away from using stereo cabinets for media-entertainment use and have reused them in novel ways, like this stereo cabinet headboard or refinishing one for use in the dining room. So next time you’re at a yard sale, flea market, or Goodwill, keep an eye out for these oldies but goodies stereo cabinets…they’ll open a world of possibilities for both decor and utility!

Check out the complete before and after makeover over at ArtHive: The Mind Dump

(Images: El8id, Gregory Han)