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Upcycling a stereo cabinet.

I hauled in this excellent cabinet piece 2 weeks ago. Seasonal tip: this time of year, thrift stores need to shovel everything non-halloween and then non Christmas related out of their stores to make room for their busiest time of year. Almost all the furniture was marked down to $10 or less. This (as well as that bench I shared on Facebook) were selling for $5. And I got that piano for free! So, if you’re in the market for anything second hand, check your local shops now!

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So, this is what I brought home.

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It had a sweet old record player in the center console. Unfortunately it was not in proper working order. That would have been awesome.

But, I WAS able to pull it out in one piece and the kids love playing with the switches and spinning some turn table beats. *wikka-wikka-wikka-whaaa!*

But, I WAS able to pull it out in one piece and the kids love playing with the switches and spinning some turn table beats. *wikka-wikka-wikka-whaaa!*

So first I removed all of the internal components.

So first I removed all of the internal components.

Only the center portion was built to open. So I pried off the ends and fitted them with hinges.

Only the center portion was built to open. So I pried off the ends and fitted them with hinges as well.

Then I spray painted everything with a thick almond white gloss paint.

Then I spray painted everything with a thick almond white gloss paint.

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Next, I closed up the back with a piece of lauan.

Lastly I painted and reattached the hardware, adding the formerly brass knobs I removed from my kitchen last year.

Lastly I painted and reattached the hardware, adding the formerly brass knobs I removed from my kitchen last year.

And there it sits. For a renovation total of roughly $16.

Ghosts of Projects Past #3

Here is the last handful of some old projects I wanted to add to the list.

Up first is this little farm themed cabinet thing.

When we were getting ready to move into our current house.  I new we would need a few more furniture pieces than what we had in our old house.  But we were also on a super budget leading up to our closing. Thus, my quest for free furniture began!

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I couldn’t just leave it there in the rain, Ma. Can’t we keep him? Pleeeaase?

I had been looking for some small storage piece for a bathroom for a while. I found this sitting in the rain one day and decided to make it work. First I sanded off the farm birds and got rid of the egg handles. It was easy —over easy. I’m sorry you had to hear that… Anyway, I used the unhinged door to patch the one with the hole. Then painted and updated the hardware.

And now here it sits in my bathroom.

And now here it sits in my bathroom.

The next one is another piece that I created when preparing for our move last year. However,  this was not taken from the street. It had been down in my parents basement for years. 

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The picture doesn’t show that the center of one of the doors is cracked in half.

The typical sand,  paint,  distress job ensued. But I also used a plastic backsplash sheet to replace the center of the doors.  A bit of a gamble,  but it really paid off.

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It’s now full of kids instruments. I also swiped those closet doors from my parents shed. And that chair was a street freebie.

 

This last one was a bit of an experiment.

I’d been wanting to try converting an old console tv into a furniture piece. But had heard that the parts removal process could be difficult because of the glass and electronics. I was thrilled when this shell of a tv was just hanging out on the corner!

Yes, my kids and I did our own "tv shows" while it remained hollow. I may have been a little to into it.

Yes, my kids and I did our own “tv shows” while it was hollow. I may have been a little too into it…

A surprisingly simple conversion consisting of a new base shelf, a center shelf and paneling to close it up. Then paint and cleaning up the hardware. And now, you can use your old tv to hold your new one.

Which is what it is doing these days in my brother's basement.

Which is exactly what it is doing these days in my brother’s basement.

 

So yes, for the dozen or so Facebook friends who tagged me in this meme. You are quite right. I do this all the time. Except I’m usually in the drivers seat and then quickly pulling a u-turn :)

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