Stereo Console Makeover


I wish you were here.


It’s almost as if the sky is falling.

Lets hope not because this “Stereo Console Makeover” is a must see!

Judy's Stereo Console


Stereo Console Makeover IdeaI’ve been so excited to share this with you.

It has become one of my favorite projects ever.

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Last Summer our neighbor gave us this old stereo console for free.

Thanks, Judy!

Judy's Stereo Console

It sat in our garage until Christmas time we brought it in so I could slowly work on it.

My husband helped tear out the insides and replace the back of it with plywood.

I love the lattice…so we kept that.

Then I painted it with Behr Ultra Black Paint in satin.

Console Makeover w: black paint

Then the fun part came.

Decorating it.

Stereo Console by Red

I found these knobs at an antique store.

Mercury Glass Knobs

The lights are Christmas lights.

I had my hubby drill a hole in the back so I could plug them in.

They light up our crystal that my brother gave us for our wedding gift quite nicely.

Here’s a view from our stairs.

Stereo Console w: black paint makeoverBefore:After Stereo Console Makeover w: Black Paint

I added the wood to give it that rustic feel.

She makes a nice nightlight too.

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41 Responses

  1. wendy says:

    Wow, that looks really nice. Great idea using mini lights.
    Our Cape On Cabot Road

  2. Bliss says:

    Pinned. Excellent!

  3. joyce says:

    Very nice, does not look like the same cabinet. Not even close!!!

  4. ARod says:

    voted & luff luff luff this piece and what you did with it awesome

  5. Great job – it looks beautiful Julie. Pinned!

  6. Teresa says:

    This is stunning!! Absolutely love it!

  7. Teddee Grace says:

    I’d love to vote for you but when I went to the voting site it just brought me back here.

    • Julie says:

      So sorry Teddee…I think you have to sign in. I didn’t realize that because I was already a member. Thank you for trying!!

  8. Leeanne says:

    This is amazing!!!! I love it, and I voted for you~

  9. kristin says:

    It is gorgeous!!! Doesn’t even look like the same piece, sharing on FB and pinning .xo

  10. Francia says:

    Love this! Just did a little tour of some of your previous work and well, I will sure be stopping by again when I need some inspiration. Great job.

  11. Lisa M says:

    Lurve, lurve, LOVE it!!! Incredible transformation and what a terrific way to be greeted when you walk through the door. Nicely done 🙂

  12. What a great makeover, it looks beautiful and I love those knobs!!

  13. Meegan says:

    Once again, you NAILED it with this console, JUlie!! You never cease to amazing me!!
    Pinned 🙂

  14. Leena says:

    This is fabulous! I love the paint color and the lights inside. Great place for firewood too! Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Leena

  15. Julie, this looks absolutely fabulous!!! What an wonderful and beautiful makeover – I totally love it! Pinned and sharing!

  16. I’ve looked at a number of old stereo console makeovers. Creating the faux fireplace in the center, along with the lighting is just sheer genius. You are so fortunate to have gotten a piece that already had side doors and a solid top. Truly outstanding makeover.

  17. tonia.conner says:

    That turned out beautiful. I think the wood was a perfect finish. It makes you think warm.

  18. Sharon says:

    Cozy scene. The wood and lights are a nice touch.

  19. Laura Lewis says:

    That is so pretty and simple, great idea!

  20. I like the cabinet idea. I want to make part of a cabinet I have into a fireplace ( faux electric if I can safely). But for christmas this year this is an excellent idea. Thank You .

  21. BglLvr says:

    Can you tell me, please, from where you purchased the rug? Thanks in advance!

  22. TucsonPatty says:

    I also thought it was the coolest faux fireplace. I’m going to use that as inspiration for my real fireplace that I never use! I love Christmas lights!

  23. Cindy says:

    I have a pecan colonial long stereo cabinet I was going to give to Goodwill…NOT ANY MORE!…..It has a lid you lift up for the turntable and radio, but just in the middle area. No doors on the front, but there are some ‘fake’ doors that I will be taking off and taking out the cloth that is over the speaker area. I’m going to put some legs on it to give it a little more height. I love what you did with the lights and crystal display. Thanks for sharing your idea! When I complete it, I’ll post it. Love what you have done to your kitchen, and love your décor!

  24. carol bittner says:

    Absolutely beautiful; I just LOVE it; especially the wood and mini lights; such a ‘homey feel’.

  25. Kimberly says:

    Did you sand or prime the wood first or just paint? Any topcoat?
    Looks great!

  26. Lina says:

    How do you decorate it during the summer months? Do you keep it as a faux fireplace

    • Julie says:

      Our Summer is short here in Michigan, so yes. The wood flows perfectly with every season because we burn outside (campfire) for Summer, and it’s stunning for Fall. I do decorate the top though according to what I feel like for the time.

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