30 Jan From Antique Phonograph Cabinet To Modern Chest
When I first saw this old phonograph cabinet at an estate sale, I was immediately attracted to the dentil molding and the fretwork. It was in two pieces, the top cabinet portion, and the bottom drawer piece. I paid around $80 for it, and I distinctly remember I needed a good amount of help getting it to the car. It is solid wood and weighed a ton!
I thought I still had the “before” photo on my phone, but when it took a swim in the toilet last year, I lost a bunch of images. But you can get the idea in the photo below. It was a dark wood with black hinges, and it was pretty scratched up.
We needed something in the bedroom to hold my husband’s folded items, so I knew it would be perfect in there! The previous owner of this cabinet had the phonograph removed and added four drawers inside the doors. Storage galore! When I took it to my lacquer guy for its shiny new exterior, I decided I wanted the inside to be lacquered also.
I chose a pretty, creamy white for the outside, and a cool aqua blue on the inside.
Not to mention, hello STORAGE!!
In case you are wondering, that is really how the inside of my drawers look. I did not style the photo. As a daughter of two parents in the retail business, I know how to fold correctly! What can I say, it’s bred into me. : )
The combination of the dentil molding and fretwork had me at first glance. But new hardware was in order to give my furniture piece (I had both pieces attached together to make one) a fresh look. I got my oval polished nickel rings from Horton Brasses, and the mercury glass looking knobs from Anthropologie.
To the left of the chest is the door to the master bathroom currently gutted and under renovation. In fact, this fretwork inspired my bathroom tile choices! Stay tuned…
This piece is at least eighty years old, and with a new coat of paint, it looks refreshingly modern and classic. Some things just never go out of style…