Mid Century Modern Media Stand

There I am minding my own business, heading to get groceries on a cold, gray, raining morning. I drove past a busy part of town and almost missed seeing this sitting on the side of the road set out for trash. You know I just had to snag it on the way back home. Today, this vintage Mid Century Modern media stand is too cute to trash. Let’s take this #trashure and make it new, shall we?

Mide Century Media Stand Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

Maybe you’re wondering what I see in this thing. Well, it is built to last…like forever, last. And, quite honestly, these are such handy pieces to have in a home. They provide extra storage to most any space.

It is definitely a Mid Century Modern media cabinet – the type used to store a turn table and LPs. However, it could be used as a nightstand, entertainment center, entry console…you get the idea. You can see my past Mid Century makeovers HERE in these post posts.


First, this thing is dirty. I mean, dirty, like stuck in a garage for decades kinda dirty. In addition, it has wear to the top and is missing the two sliding front doors.

Mid Century Modern Media Stand Damaged Top | prodigalpieces.com

See the grooves in the top and bottom edges? Originally, they are for two narrow doors to slide side to side.

Vintage Media Stand Door Slots | prodigalpieces.com
No problem on the missing doors. I sent JC (aka. husband) a shot of the dimensions to he could pick me up some ply on the way home from work. Here’s what our texts are like…

Measurements for Mid Century Modern Media Stand Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

Truthfully, am I not a fun gal? tsk. You know it.

However, it turns out that while talking on the phone about what to buy, I found two scrap pieces already in our stash. I don’t know where they came from as we both dug through before he went to the store. Seriously, though, isn’t that always how it works? gee…

Scrap Ply for Media Stand Doors | prodigalpieces.com

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JC set about to cut and sand those pieces for me while I began work on cleaning that cabinet. First, I used a water/vinegar mixture of a 2:1 ratio to clean that mess up. Then, I applied wood filler to all the gouges and screw holes I found. When that cured, my sander and I had fun cleaning it all up.

Next, I used a micro foam roller and Gripper primer to pretty it up and get it ready for paint.

Priming Vintage Media Stand for Paint | prodigalpieces.com

In addition to painting the outside, I had fun with a punch of color on the inside. I’m saving that for the end. tee hee. Meanwhile, I gave those doors a dark Hickory Gel Stain and let cure.

Staining Media Stand Doors with Hickory Gel Stain | prodigalpieces.com

Then, I spray painted the hardware and feet this Pure Gold I’ve loved using in these past posts.

Pure Gold Spray Paint for Mid Century Modern Media Stand | prodigalpieces.com


Finally, after all is cured and I assemble the parts, my Mid Century Modern media stand found curbside is complete.

Vintage Mid Century Modern Media Stand Made New by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #midcentury #modern #diy #furniture #boho #home #homedecor

White & Stained Wood Mid Century Modern Stand | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy #home #homedecor #boho #modern #midcentury

Now for a peek at the inside…

Open Mid Century Modern Media Cabinet Painted Green by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #furniture #homedecor #midcentury #modern

Retro Vintage Mid Century Modern Media Stand with Color Pop Fun by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #midcentury #diy #modern #boho #home #homedecor

How fun is that?! Like peek-a-boo love! It’s the same color combination I used a few years ago for a custom order on a MCM chest HERE. If you can’t tell I had such fun with this, there’s something wrong. So, let me know what you think. Do you love it too? It certainly wasn’t trash-worthy, me thinks.

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White Vintage Mid Century Modern Stand by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #home #midcentury #boho #homedecor

Also, pin and share my Mid Century Modern media cabinet makeover to inspire others to give DIY a try.

Saved from the trash, this Mid Century modern media stand received new life with paint and a DIY spirit. See the details by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #midcentury #modern #boho #home #diy #homedecor

Up next, this cutie cabinet is going to get a breath of life breathed into it. HEAD HERE.

Medicine Cabinet Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Also, more projects like my Mid Century Modern media stand:

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  • Catherine ten Hertog

    Love it. I especially love the round door “handles”. Very authentic to a MCM piece. Don’t ask me how I know that 😉
    A mid century piece myself.

    December 24, 2019 at 6:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Catherine, you are too cute!! I could hug ya. I had to find those somewhere and was super glad they exist. woot!

      December 24, 2019 at 7:28 am Reply
  • Lori Sawyer

    Love the cabinet especially the inside Merry Christmas

    December 24, 2019 at 7:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Lori! 😀 I had to go funky with it.

      December 24, 2019 at 7:28 am Reply
  • Rebecca S Clark

    Nice save! It’s just darling. From junky to funky!

    December 24, 2019 at 8:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hee hee! I love it! Thank you!

      December 24, 2019 at 9:44 am Reply
  • Sandra Erskine

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year!

    December 24, 2019 at 10:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Sandra! 😀 Same to you.

      December 24, 2019 at 11:58 am Reply
  • Cate

    The piece looks great! Have a wonderful Christmas!!

    December 24, 2019 at 1:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Cate! 😀 Same to you.

      December 24, 2019 at 2:12 pm Reply
  • Mary Loveland

    Good save Larissa! Merry Christmas Eve!

    December 24, 2019 at 8:59 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank ya! Merry Christmas, Mary!

      December 24, 2019 at 9:08 pm Reply
  • Cheryl Atkinson

    Hi Larissa. I,for one, probably would have passed that up but you made it new again and it is gorgeous. Where did you get the doohicky’s for the sliding doors? Do you know what i’m talking about? I love the pop of color. Thank you for sharing. Pinned

    December 26, 2019 at 8:23 am Reply
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