Back in March, GordonDunning dropped off this vintage mid-century media console:
It’s a gorgeous mahogany RCA Victrola media console.
(We have a similar looking Columbia in our front room, minus the TV. I’m totally smitten with it.)
They wanted the TV guts removed and replaced with a shelf, leaving the record player, stereo and speakers all still connected and painted a high gloss navy (SW Naval). So I nodded like I knew what I was doing. After they left, I removed the back of the console…
Even with this DIY guide I found in the console, there was no way I could do this on my own.
So I called all over town and finally found a guy named Bill Flake who has a shop in Lithonia. I loaded up the console and dropped ‘er off with Bill so he could gut the thing. He was understandably a little upset since the TV was still working perfectly. He said he watched the local news on it!
After a little check up on all the components, he called me and let me know that the record player wasn’t working and the needle needed to be replaced. Bill removed the drop in record player and I went back, picked it up and took it over to Wizard Electronics in Atlanta. They fixed the record player and fabricated a new needle since a replacement for the old needle was nowhere to be found. Then I took it back to Bill to have him drop the record player back in and reconnect the speakers. Bill also mentioned that he could add some kinda of crazy magic thing that will make this work with an iPod, but we skipped that.
The next challenge was to build a box and a shelf to go inside the console. GordonDunning’s plan for this thing is to live under their client’s mounted television and have the shelf area house media components; DVR, DVD, etc. I knew that part was going to take me forever since I’m not really a builder. So instead I found a handyman in my neighborhood who seriously knocked it out in a couple hours.
I cleaned up the rough edges by sanding and adding some wood filler, then sanding again.
Since I didn’t want any sanding dust or overspray to get into the components of the console and render this thing inoperable, I had to tape it off prior to sanding, which was really weird.
I removed the back of the console…
…and then used thick plastic dropcloth to mask the interior components of the console. I also taped/masked the front fabric speaker sections as well as the record player and stereo sections and removed the top doors.
Sidenote: This furniture dolly is the best thing I could have built myself to go with the DIY Paint Booth.
Oh, also, please ignore the dolly in these images. Insert smiley-winky face.
Don’t be mad, MCM and mahogany purists!! I got paid to do this!
At least I didn’t paint the inside?!
After the whole thing was painted and done, I installed a power strip to the inside of one of the speaker boxes and cut a hole from the back/bottom of the shelf box for components to plug into the strip…
…then cut another hole in the hardboard backing for the power strip to plug into.
This way, their client can have several things plugged in at once but with only one cord coming from the console. Full credit for that genius idea goes to Mr. Bill Flake (If you need audio/visual repair work done in the Atlanta area, holler at me, I’ll send ya his number).
Are you screaming Mid-Century Murder?!?!
It’s gorgeous, get over it.