Lately, we’ve discovered a bunch of bloggers who have put their spin on old pieces of record player furniture and revamped them to create beautiful custom designs. We’ve created a list of 10 of the best turntable furniture pieces we were able to find online. What you’ll see below is an image of the finished project and links to the original blog post to help you replicate the process if you want to. On some occasions we’ve also summarized the DIY/revamp process.
DIY Vinyl Record Shelf by The Surznick Common Room
This vinyl record shelf a beautiful, clean, and sophisticated furniture piece that is well suited for storing vinyl records. It leaves sufficient room for other small household items such as flower pots, gadgets to be stored within or on top. It is a functional unit that has adequate storage within a limited space and can also be a basis for a much larger storage solution if required. The original model was a KALLAX Shelf Unit from IKEA. It’s materials consist of particle board, fiberboard, ABS plastic and painted using white acrylic paint.
The shelf itself was initially made to allow users to hang on a wall or stand on a floor. However, Surznick’s Common Room has cleverly modified it to include 5.5-inch round taper legs attached to the bottom of the unit and turned it into the ideal, simple and functional record storage piece.
DIY Record Player Stand: Marianela from Love Vividly
This record player stand has been slightly modified by Marianela from Love Vividly, and the result is super impressive! The original design of the player is a vintage small furniture piece that uses small sliding doors to secure the storage area and has round taper legs with rubber feet.
The modifications made to this piece only consisted of painting the entire body white and the legs with an aqua color. It’s amazing what a little color can do to an old piece of furniture.
The makeover allows the stand to match well with the interior color of most modern home designs and is also great for a small size record collection. This can be especially great if you don’t have a lot of room for furniture and live in an apartment.
Old Stereo Console project by Robert from Old Crazy House
The modification of this project initially started with a vintage stereo console from Sears. The original design included spacing for a radio tuner, record player, and speakers which were hidden behind an orange-brown cloth. Robert and some of his relatives are currently planning on doing some modifications to the stereo console/record player stand.
They plan to sand and refinish the wood and replace the speakers with current generation ones. Most of the old audio equipment is also expected to be taken out of the stand and replaced with updated material that is capable of playing digital media.
The new design will even have cables that connect to it and run through the walls to the exterior speakers in the backyard and on the porch. This is without any doubt a project to keep your eye on, especially if you have more technical knowledge than the average vinyl collector.
DIY Record Console by Alicia Lacy from Curbly
This furniture piece was inspired by the record standby Sarah and Nick from the Surznick Common Room which was listed first on this list. Just like the Surznick Common Room piece, the original model was a KALLAX shelf unit from IKEA. However, in this version, Alicia has made use of a set of 4 Estelle low legs to alleviate the item from the ground. The legs were attached to the shelf using mounts and a drill in a process that took roughly 15 minutes.
Alicia also makes use of the removable speakers that came with her record player and stores them inside two of the shelves. The remaining shelves were then filled with a record collection and styled with plants and accessories that were available on hand.
It just comes to show that with some creativity and know-how you to can create your unique record storage unit.
DIY Retro Cabinet by Carrie and John from Dream Green DIY
This project began with a vintage stripped down record cabinet that had a sleek design and with a wooden lattice. The inner workings and speakers of the original cabinet had been yanked out thereby leaving it somewhat empty and un-functional. The entire cabinet was then taken apart and thoroughly cleaned. The most critical areas of the unit were waxed in preparation for painting. The legs and the front of the retro record cabinet were then painted using Glidden’s High Endurance Grab-N-Go paint in white color.
Four additional fast coats of white paint were then brushed on the front of the cabinet to create contrast and dimension. A wallpaper panel with graphic motifs of colorful flowers was then stuck to the back of the lift up board for an added element of surprise. The entire re-do gave the cabinet a contemporary edge while also making it look modern with bold color and contrast.
DIY Stand Makeover by Nicki from Sweet Parrish
This project began with a vintage mid-century modern record player stand that was scratched up and had a damaged back veneer. Its finish was a bit dirty but still in good shape. Therefore, the entire piece got cleaned thoroughly. A sander was then used to remove the original finish of the top, side, and legs. After completing the sanding process, the cabinet was wiped down with a tack cloth to remove all the dust that came from sanding. A few repairs were then done and afterward, Nicki painted the primer using a toothbrush.
After the paint on the primer was completely dry, wet sanding was done between each coat of primer, color, and poly. Next came the painting process. A Miniwax stain marker was used on the splattered parts of both sides of the stand. Once the stain was completely dry, three light coats of paint were used on the poly with some wet sanding in between and after the poly dried.
The result is a piece of furniture looking completely different from the original vintage item. The modern look makes it very appealing for almost any home and probably worth a lot more than it originally cost.
DIY Vintage Stereo Cabinet by Matthew from Decorating With Less
Matthew began remaking this vintage cabinet by pulling out all the doors and part of the piece as almost none of them worked. He planned to re-use the louver panels as cabinet doors. Unfortunately, this plan did not work out accordingly and therefore; he ended up removing the panels. The removal of the large speakers ended up leaving large openings in the cabinet and to break up these areas, shelves were added. Some decorative molding was also used to dress up the shelves and hide some holes that were left over from the demo.
Priming was then done first before chalk painting because MDF was used for the shelves which end up soaking a lot of paint. Next, distressing was done, and for this, high grit sandpaper was used to sand off the various section of paint. Finally, two coats of clear wax applied to the cabinet to protect the painted finish giving the furniture a light matte shine while also enhancing its color.
Although he turned an old record stand into a nonfunctioning music furniture piece, it still looks great and can easily be used for turntable and vinyl storage.
DIY Turntable Cart by Cheri from Remixed Interiors
Here’s a unique project that might easily slip your mind. The project started with a vintage microwave cart. Firstly, the dirt and grime on the cart were scrubbed off entirely, and the wheels and hardware were taped off to allow the painting process to be done quickly. Next, the surface of the cart was sanded to rough it up a bit to allow the paint to adhere.
After sanding, the residue was then wiped off using a tack cloth. Rust-Oleum’s black gloss enamel paint was then applied to the entire surface of the cart. The paint was applied to small sections at a time. The paint was left to dry for 24 hours, and the result was a gorgeous looking cart. What an excellent out-of-the-box idea for a turntable storage solution!
DIY Vintage Furniture by Jamie from Southern Revivals
This project started with a vintage stereo cabinet that had its components removed leaving it looking like a cabinet shell, but with great potential. However, the underside of the item was almost turning to dust, and the veneer was peeling off slowly. First, the cabinet was thoroughly cleaned using a vacuum and vinegar solution. Next, the shelf that housed the old turntable was cut out to open up that specific part of the compartment and then painted steel blue.
Next, the brass ‘Telefunken’ plate was polished off and cleaned well making it stand out. For the speaker cloth, an embroidery cloth which was sparkly was used. The top was still in good condition, so it was sanded, sealed, and stained. The result was a gorgeous looking cabinet that could be used for storing glasses and drinks while still being able to play music via Bluetooth.
DIY Vintage Record Table Cart by Gail Wilson
This project began with a vintage record cart that was bought for only $5 at Vendor’s Village. Krud Kutter, a cleaning agent, was used to clean out all the dirt, grime, and nicotine that was on the stand as well as the metal parts. The cabinet’s top was not in good shape. Therefore, a new top was cut out of a scrap of 1 x 12 boards. Next, Miniwax Pre-stain conditioner was used before the staining process. After the conditioner dried, Miniwax Jacobean dark stain was used on the 1 x 12 board.
The bottom wood pieces were then sanded, and the stain on them was used. Finally, after the stain dried, the wood pieces were then sealed using Wipe-on Poly. The result was a one of a kind record table that looked new and utterly stunning. The table can be used as a record player stand, and the metal grills below it used to place/store vinyl records.