As I'm making my plans for what I'm keeping from my parent's house, this cherry stereo cabinet has always been on my short list. This piece has been in my life for as long as I can remember and even played the role as altar when I made my First Communion privately at home. (Not sure why, but they gave us the choice and I decided at home would make me the star vs. being with all the other kids). Somewhere, there is a pic of the stereo pulled out from the wall with an altar cloth draped over it and candles and the chalice.
The French style and perfectly bookmatched veneer door inserts really sells me as does the beautiful brass cabinet hardware. These old stereo cabinets were truly made to be fine furniture. Many had a top lid that opens to reveal the turntable inside, but ours opened in the front and the turntable pulled out of the middle door and there was a shelf for storing record albums underneath. A particularly nice feature of this piece is that there were side doors that hid the speaker cabinets. Most of these pieces I've seen didn't have the closing doors and when the guts are removed, the sides are left open. About 20/25 years ago, my Dad installed all new stereo equipment inside - CD player, dual cassette decks, a tuner, and hooked it into other speakers around the house for a kind of surround sound.
My plan is to turn this piece into a bar and storage cabinet by tricking out the inside with shelving, wine racks and hanging wine glass holder. I have no intention of painting the outside because it's such a beautiful piece of wood, but the inside needs something.
I love Grange Furniture's painted wood pieces and hope to mimic the look for the interiors.
I'm thinking of something along the pink or coral/pink lines.
This via the Natalme blog using Annie Sloan's Scandinavian Pink milk paint. I'll have to do some testing as this color looks very pale in some photos and deeper in others. I want a vibrant hue - something that really pops when the doors are open.
This is in essence what I have in mind. Added shelves for barware and storage of silver pieces, trays and servers as will fit. And I'll have to give thought to weather I change out the burlap door piece in the center to something else. It does look nice, but so would something brighter that would match the interior a little better.