It’s been a long time since I’ve shared a vintage flip with you guys, but this one is a special one! I have been wanting to restore my great grandfather’s record cabinet for years but haven’t had the time or the guts. I knew it would need a lot of work, and I wasn’t mentally prepared. However, recently, I partnered with DAP Products to make it happen. Spoiler alert, there was a lot of sanding involved, but the record cabinet restoration was worth it!
DIY Vintage Record Cabinet Restoration
Want to watch this project in action? Check it out on my YouTube channel!
My great grandfather’s record cabinet is from the 1960s and has been moved around from house to house for years. It’s so busted that it hasn’t played a record in over 30 years.
In fact, not only was it broken internally, but the outside needed some tender love and care as well. The feet were busted, there were deep gauges, and the stain was flaking away (woof).
I have been wanting to restore this baby for years, but have been super intimidated. More specifically, I knew that it would need a full strip down, which meant a lot of sanding (and you guys know how I feel about sanding – not good). But, with the right tools and some patience (okay, a lot of patience), I was totally able to restore this cabinet and get it to spin again!
What You’ll Need:
1. As with any vintage piece, I spent some time vacuuming and wiping down the record cabinet to prep it for work.
2. Next, I taped of all of the areas that I didn’t want touched. That included the inner portion of the record player (because it was pristine) and the speakers.
Bonus Tip: Keeping a razor around helps keep the taping neat and clean.
3. After everything was taped off, I started the sanding process. I switched between power sanding and hand sanding, depending on the area of the cabinet. Whatever method I used, I always made sure to end the sanding process with a 320 grit hand sanding.
5. Next, I stained the piece in my color of choice. I initially started with a walnut colored wood stain, but hated it. So, I switched over to a dark walnut gel stain, which left for a really rich color.
6. After the cabinet was stained, I taped off the hardware, gave it a good sanding, and spray painted it gold.
7. Last step was to bring the unit inside and tinker with the mechanics to figure out what was wrong with it. Make sure you check out my video for all of the details (it’s easier to see than explain in this post)!
After a few days of work, my great grandfather’s record player was back in my parents’ home and ready to rock and roll!
My favorite part of this project was watching my mom’s face as she listened to records play on her grandfather’s cabinet. It’s what made all of that sanding worth it! We can’t wait to put it to good use at family parties and show it off to my own grandparents who haven’t seen it used in decades!
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In the meantime… off to listen to some music with my family and plan my next project!