Antique Stereo Turned Sewing Cabinet

The jury is in…the Themed Furniture Makeover Day has become one of my favorite days of the month. Can you blame me? What better than to get down and dirty with furniture AND do it alongside these fantastic ladies who have the same passion. It’s WIN-WIN!  Today it’s all about being “Distressed” – the furniture that is.

About a year and a half ago, I was driving home down our street and noticed what appeared to be a teeny tiny garage sale on the corner.  It basically was a few pieces of furniture and, of course, that caught my eye.  With kids in tow, I pulled over and got out to take a quick peek.

As it turns out, a young man had recently purchase the house and was decluttering some gorgeous antiques. My eyes first went to this ragged looking sideboard. Price tag: $15

Antique Sideboard Scored for $15 Gets Metallic Makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Oodles of damage, door beaten in and missing all sorts of stuff, but in otherwise structurally good standing. Cha-Ching!

It wasn’t until a couple of months ago I was able to give it its rightful makeover. Using my Modern Masters English Brown Metallic Paint and a whole lot of TLC it was given new life. Much better, right?

Antique Sideboard Scored for $15 Gets Metallic Makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

At second glance I saw this sweet little forlorn stereo cabinet resting on those sweet spindle legs. Price tag: $5

Damaged veneer, busted off back, missing pull, but also structurally sound. Cha-Ching!

Antique Stereo Repurposed Into Sewing Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Antique Stereo Repurposed Into Sewing Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Antique Stereo Repurposed Into Sewing Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

It even has the original label on back.

Antique Stereo Repurposed Into Sewing Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Since this piece was unique, I didn’t want to just do a standard makeover. No, it needed to be sweet. I had sooo many ideas for this empty carcass.  One thought was to turn it into a doll house. Another idea was a little girls wardrobe. The one thought that stuck to me best was a sewing cabinet.  A place to store all the essential notions, bits and baubles a seamstress needs. My mind was made up.

All this little antique needed was some TLC. After doing a bit of veneer removing using my towel method, the cabinet was ready for its colorful coat.

Antique Stereo Repurposed Into Sewing Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

The doors had some missing trim, and I found the perfect piece in my stash to replace it. The front bottom had a rather large gap, and again my stash came through for me and I was able to add trim to complete the finishing touches.

Antique Stereo Repurposed Into Sewing Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Now for the color. Thumbing through a recent magazine, I saw a little side table on the cover in a perfectly chippy state. That green drew my eye in and I knew my little cabinet would look perfect in that spring-like shade. It’s called “Lucky Lime” by Glidden…isn’t that the most perfect color name for this piece?

Antique Stereo Repurposed Into Sewing Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Don’t you just love that soft color?

Antique Stereo Repurposed Into Sewing Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

At another local garage sale I found three rolls of lovely floral wallpaper for 50 cents a roll. (did I ever mention I love garage sales?) Perfect for making an eye-popping interior.

Now my heart starts to get excited on how it all is coming together. A little white glazing, some accented pinks, and that wallpaper. Any good seamstress has oodles of thread and essentials for sewing, so what better than a built-in thread rack?

Antique Stereo Repurposed Into Sewing Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Antique Stereo Repurposed Into Sewing Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Some simple dowel and peg board added to the inside of the doors, creates versatile storage space, perfect for all sorts of sewing candy.

Antique Stereo Repurposed Into Sewing Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

I’ve thought of using old entertainment centers to create a larger sewing storage piece, and if you want to do it too, it’s very simple.  I just made sure to cut my dowels on a simple mitre box using a 22.5 degree angle since my rack was going to be swung in and out – otherwise the spools fly off every time you open it.

Antique Stereo Repurposed Into Sewing Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

It’s certainly a keeper, but since I’m already got a different vibe going on in my industrial style sewing storage, this sweet piece has sold from my shop. There was a tug on my heart when it sold, but it was sweet while it lasted.

Antique Stereo Repurposed Into Sewing Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

If you loved this transformation, please share!

Antique Stereo Repurposed Into Sewing Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Ooh…I have to add that a few months after scoring those two pieces, the same house had this dresser sitting curbside with a “FREE” sign on it.  Yup.  You can read the story here…it’s a good one!

Free Mid Century Modern Dresser Revitalized with White Paint by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

If you like this makeover, then you’ll love these projects too!Antique Dresser Gets Blue for Baby Makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

A Beat Up Vanity Gets a Gorgeous Makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Now since my piece was not the only one that got “Distressed”. I invite you to check out the other fantastic work of the ladies joining me this makeover day.

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  • Bliss

    The pegboard and dowels, so smart. Turned that beauty into such a useful piece.

    March 19, 2015 at 8:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! I just need a huge one for me….entertainment center here I come (that is if I ever change up my current storage.) 😉

      March 19, 2015 at 10:38 am Reply
  • [email protected] Interior Frugalista

    Holy smokes Larissa, this guy clearly does not understand the value of furniture! Good for you though that he doesn’t. LOL Love the makeover you gave this piece from the color to the repurpose – gorgeous! I have no doubt it’s not going to sit long in your Etsy shop.

    March 19, 2015 at 10:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I was stunned, Marie! He just wanted them gone. The house was a flipper and he did amazing on it. That MCM dresser even had an old, old, family Bible in it. A treasure.

      March 19, 2015 at 10:39 am Reply
  • [email protected] la Casa

    Gorgeous transformation! Love the color and all the chippy character you gave it!

    March 19, 2015 at 11:47 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! That color just pops, doesn’t it?

      March 19, 2015 at 3:48 pm Reply
  • Doreen @ Altered Artworks

    I absolutely adore your new sewing cabinet, especially the pegboards you built into the inside cabinet doors. Thanks for the great inspiration.

    March 19, 2015 at 1:16 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for your sweet words. It was a fun project!

      March 19, 2015 at 3:47 pm Reply
  • [email protected]

    What a great use for this old stereo cabinet! I know that someone will be glad to have this for sewing storage.

    March 19, 2015 at 1:32 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Paula! What a shame it would be if it didn’t sell and I had to keep it. tsk. 😉

      March 19, 2015 at 3:47 pm Reply
  • Wendi @ H2OBungalow

    That color you chose might be lucky , but so are you! We don’t get those cool deals down here at all! LOVE your vision and the love you put into this one. You know it won’t last long in your shop 🙂 Great job my friend!

    March 19, 2015 at 2:25 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Wendi! Only once in a blue moon, but grab ’em when I can!!

      March 19, 2015 at 3:46 pm Reply
  • Whimzy Thyme

    I love it – fabulous job.

    March 19, 2015 at 3:23 pm Reply
  • kim

    what an amazing idea for a piece of unique furniture. Love it.

    March 19, 2015 at 6:29 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Kim! 🙂

      March 20, 2015 at 3:53 am Reply
  • Jeanette

    So cute and functional too! Great color. Jeanette

    March 19, 2015 at 6:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Jeanette. I know I’ll be using this color again…it’s sooo fun!

      March 20, 2015 at 3:52 am Reply
  • Christy @ Our Southern Home

    Green is my favorite color so I just adore this piece!! What type of Glidden paint did you use?

    March 19, 2015 at 9:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Christy! Honestly, I know there is all this raving about chalk paint and such, but ever since I’ve been on a paint crew eons ago, I can’t get over why people don’t just use a basic flat paint. I’ve used all sorts of chalky paints, but have found that I don’t need to. Mind you, chalky paints do offer a slight contrast, but not enough that I should spend $35 on a quart. (sorry for the sermon!) Let me know if I didn’t answer your question. 😉

      March 20, 2015 at 3:52 am Reply
  • Jenny @ Refresh Living

    What an amazing transformation, as always! I love, love the green and the sweet storage inside. $5?? I think I’m even more amazed at the $15 price tag on the sideboard!! Nice work!

    March 19, 2015 at 9:23 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Awww…thank you, Jenny. Yes, this guy was motivated and knew they were antiques, but alot of work. He even punched in the sideboard door trying to get it open. I wish I could have seen my face when he did that. :/

      March 20, 2015 at 3:48 am Reply
  • Melody @ My Passion For Decor

    Such a great idea for this piece!! I really like what you did. You’re right, the color is perfect!

    March 20, 2015 at 1:21 pm Reply
  • Breanna

    That color is amazing and the inside is perfection! And what a steal!!

    March 20, 2015 at 8:48 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Steal is right! Just funny it sat so long in my stash. I’m sure you know how that is…wait…you don’t have 6 kids. Just kidding. 😉 Thank you, Bre.

      March 20, 2015 at 10:11 pm Reply
  • Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    How Clever!!! I love it…great job Larissa!! 🙂


    March 22, 2015 at 3:02 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot! It was a fun project. I may just have to keep it!

      March 23, 2015 at 6:31 am Reply
  • Sally

    So cute! Love the bright pretty color.

    March 23, 2015 at 8:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Sally! I think I’ll be using that green again, especially because it’s finally spring! 🙂

      March 23, 2015 at 8:18 am Reply
  • Jennifer

    I love the green! You did a great job organizing the inside. All of these are so pretty.

    March 23, 2015 at 8:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Jennifer! Yes, that green is so spring-like…I love it!

      March 23, 2015 at 9:00 am Reply
  • Kimm Boes

    Holy cow, girl, I hope that you have an extra bedroom, cuz I’m moving in! You find the BEST STUFF up there! 😉 Gorgeous cabinet, the green is PERFECT.

    March 23, 2015 at 8:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Now you know why I’m a forced hoarder. Who can pass up those deals??

      March 23, 2015 at 9:00 am Reply
  • Flora A.

    The cabinet looks fantastic! Really awesome makeover! Thumbs up! Greets, Storage Feltham Ltd.

    March 24, 2015 at 10:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for your sweet words. 🙂

      March 24, 2015 at 2:06 pm Reply
  • Vicki and Jennifer - 2 Bees in a Pod

    Hey Larissa – we LOVE the transformation of this vintage stereo cabinet. You are so creative and a wonderful furniture painter! Thanks so much for linking up with Lisa at the Something to Talk About Link Party!

    March 24, 2015 at 11:42 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! It was my pleasure and thank you for hosting. 🙂

      March 24, 2015 at 2:06 pm Reply
  • Mila

    Wow I love it! And the color you chose-beautiful.
    Pinning and hoping I can find such a gem to refurbish!

    April 4, 2015 at 5:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Mila! Yes, a score I’ll most likely never find again. It was fun!

      April 4, 2015 at 2:29 pm Reply
  • Tania

    Wow, I can’t believe this transformation! It’s just beautiful… the color, the piece itself, and what you’ve done with it! I can’t believe it was only $5 even in the condition it was in.


    April 4, 2015 at 10:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      A complete score for sure, Tania. So glad you stopped by! 🙂

      April 4, 2015 at 2:28 pm Reply
  • Stephanie @ this abundant life blog

    I stumbled across your blog on the Funky Junk link party and I’m so glad I did. Your work is amazing! This is an incredible project!

    April 4, 2015 at 1:34 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yippee!! So glad to have you stop by and leave such sweet words. Thank you!

      April 4, 2015 at 2:27 pm Reply
  • Debbie Z.

    Hi Larissa,

    I messaged you on FB with photos of your radio cabinet twin. We were willed ours by my husband’s brother when he passed away early due to pancreatic cancer. I have never really known what to do with it, but now you have given me inspiration.

    I am going to outfit it as a small wardrobe for our Chinese Crested powder puff, Lily. (You can see her photo in your message on my profile photo) I have been looking for a solution to keep her many outfits and grooming products organized and this will fit the bill perfectly! Thank you so much for sharing and the great idea!

    NE Ohio native

    May 28, 2015 at 1:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      So glad you stopped by, Debbie, and to hear you have good roots. 😉 I love, love, love, your repurpose idea and would love to see how it turns out. Rock that radio, girl! 😀

      May 30, 2015 at 5:53 am Reply
  • Mary

    I love the way that green paps, and it is such a practical repurpose!

    September 21, 2015 at 10:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Mary! It is a luscious color for sure.

      September 21, 2015 at 3:50 pm Reply
  • Kendyl

    Absolutely fabulous!
    I read through the comments and saw you said this was a Gildden flat paint, I’m in to cost effective. Is the distressing the same? Just sand to preference? And what’s your go to sealer? Appreciate the help. Again, adorable ?

    January 21, 2017 at 9:21 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! Yes, just a basic paint and distresses just fine as you see in the post. Sealer depends on what I’m after. For this it is wax to give an aged appeal. Hope that helps!

      January 23, 2017 at 6:14 am Reply

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