Reviving the Subwoofer with a Paint Job

Reviving the Subwoofer with a Paint Job

Anthony Nguyen
Mar 23, 2011

We're always curious on finding more ways to mask and stealthily hide away that gigantic box that is the living room subwoofer, but creating an art piece out of it? Why that sounds so crazy, it might just work! Here's Rob's take on it. Be prepared for plenty of priming, painting, and painter's tape.

Using his Dali AW8, Rob set out to redefine what it means to have a subwoofer on display in the living room. His idea was simple: Make it modern, fun, and functional.

He started off by priming the outside casing (the wooden enclosure of the subwoofer), followed by another layer of priming. After throwing down a base color, using painter's tape, he blocked out an area where he would put his artistic abilities to the test. That is, to hand-paint realistic wooden patterns that would easily be confused as the real deal without closer inspection.

After 24 hours drying, the project appeared finally complete. However, for Rob, it's barely a start. He says he plans on adding some more details that'll really bring out his vision of the ideal art sub.

What do you think? Are subwoofers (especially the wooden ones) destined to be painted masterpieces? Could this be the next big thing at interactive art galleries?

(Images: ArtRob of Minhembio)

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