Saturday, September 28, 2013

Vintage 1950's TV Cabinet UPCYCLE!

I found this Vintage 1950's TV Cabinet at Goodwill last spring for $99.99.   I fell in love with it...but $100?  C'mon.... Someone's pricing was WAYYYY off - because it didn't look like this when I found it!

The top was completely destroyed.  The veneer on the doors was in decent condition, but the hardware was damaged and although it had been gutted on the inside, it had a huge hole in it!

A week later it was still sitting there - but now it was marked down To $19.99 and I jumped on it!  I literally jumped on it in the store and hollered "Woo Hoo... This SHALL BE MINE!".    (Okay, well that's how it went down in my head, anyway!)

So, a little history behind this piece....  Imagine it's 1953... this is basically how my cabinet started it's life.... A hardwood veneer cabinet with hand rubbed mahogany. 

 
It was state of the art and by today's standard's - TOP OF THE LINE!  Back in the day it sported a little 21" black and white tv, am/fm radio and phonograph. 
 
I finished the exterior of this PRIOR to starting my blog, so it never occured to me to take "before" pics....But, once the outside was finished, it sat....and sat....and sat... Completely unused  - mostly because it had no hardware and partly because it was ugly on the inside - until now.
 

 
This is what we started with last week.  Yuck, I say!
You can see my AMAZING boyfriend's hand in the back
getting ready to cover up that hole!
 
 
He covered the hole and cut a piece of veneer to fit in the back.
 
 
One more piece of veneer went into the spot where the tv used to be, because there were several small holes drilled into that shelf.
 
 
Here's the back with the new veneer and the original back for the bottom part of the cabinet.
 
 
This is where all the original components fit.
 
 
And....
 here it is all freshened up with two coats of light gray chalk paint.  Originally I tried to use white, but the mahogany bled right through - and it turned pink! 
 
 
This is the hardware that I added. 
Bought it at Goodwill, as well...NEW for $3.99! 
Can't beat that!
 
 
The outside with it's new hardware.
 
 
Painted teal (chalk paint), lightly distressed and hand waxed. 
 
 
Looks amazing as a bar!
 
 
(I made this cute vase with some twine the other day....)

 
And a view of the inside working hard as a bar.  From the moment I saw it, that's what I envisioned it would become!  Would be perfect with a  hanging glass rack....

 
I love the modern look of it now!

 
Who forgot to "stage" that pillow for this picture????
(head hung down in shame!)
 
This would also be great for a media center with a flat screen on top - or even a baby's changing table - with a pad added to the top...
 
What do you think?
 
Sharing the love at these AWESOME PARTIES!
 

32 comments:

  1. Suzie, I love it - I especially love the color you chose. What a transformation and what a great bar. Have an awesome rest of the weekend... Cathy

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  2. I love it! so pretty, love the color and hardware you chose!

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    1. Thank you Lauren.... I really debated about using that hardware but in the end, I think it was the right choice!

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  3. Love the piece! Really like the little glass pulls.

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  4. amazing make over....I love the colors and how you decorated it.....be right over for a glass of wine

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  5. This looks soo good!! Love the color and the the distressed look!

    Shelly

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  6. Suzie, this is gorgeous! I am into repainting old furniture to give it new life, too! You did a wonderful job. I love how you distressed it. I would love for you to share your vintage TV cabinet makeover on the link party I'm co-hosting this week. http://twoityourself.blogspot.com/2013/09/yay-were-co-hosting-link-it-or-lump-it.html

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    1. Thanks for the invite Melissa... I will come link up!

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    2. I saw that you hopped over! Thanks for linking up. I love the distress job you did on this piece.

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  7. Oh what a fabulous makeover, I love it. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  8. A great transformation. Glad you were able to save it. The casual way to style a pillow? A lazy toss!

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    1. Thanks Donna.... Well then, I've casually styled all my throw pillows!!!! :)

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  9. super makeover on this cabinet! I can't believe it was $100--how fun that you found a picture of what it looked like originally!
    gail

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    1. Thanks Gail!! It was really fun to make this one over!

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  10. Love it! I just bought a dresser off kijiji to use as a TV stand once I paint it! I hope it turns out as well as yours!

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  11. beautiful transformation! Love the colour you chose too!

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  12. I love a great makeover! Thanks for sharing this on Tickled Pink Times Two!! Love the color!!

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  13. This is an amazing makeover. I love the color and those knobs are to die for. Such a great job. And thanks so much for linking up at Link it or Lump It (I'm so glad Miss Melissa encouraged you to :)

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  14. so so pretty! love the color and distressing. thanks so much for linking up!

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  15. nice i love anything old just some paint and its lovely. sometimes you have 2 think out side the box you got the touch thank you hawaii

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