I have a vivid memory of being so jealous of my friend, Kelley, in 3rd grade, because she had a 45 of Jack and Diane by John Cougar Mellencamp. We played that song over and over again on her little record player. Both of our older sisters had boom-boxes that had those fancy new tape players. Are you feeling old yet?
I have a friend whose daughter is very “retro,” and she really enjoys records. She dug out her father’s collection of records, bought a little record player, and listens to the very same songs that I know she has on her iPhone. She mentioned to me that she was looking for a shelf of some sort to hold her player and her records. The day I found the chest of drawers to use as a vanity for my guest bathroom, I found one of these sitting next to it for about $20.
It was in pretty bad shape.
I sanded the metal base with steel wool to get as much rust off of it as possible, then used Kilz Odorless Sealer, Primer & Stainblock to prime the surface. For the laminate top, I scuffed the surface with my sander, then used the same Kilz on the top.
I definitely wanted the base to be goldish/brass, but there are SO MANY gold/brass paints available on the market. Since the summer, I’ve been collecting different colors and brands so I have a huge collection of gold/brass spray paint. While doing this project I made this board so I can use it as a reference to find the correct color for a project. The “board” is really black 3/4″ foam board I had from some art I made over the summer.
I decided to use Rustoleum Gold Rush Metallic spray paint on the metal base. Outside in the sun, it looked much brighter than it did inside.
Since I knew this table was going to be used by a teenager, I put on many, many coats. On the tabletop, I used Rustoleum Painters Touch 2X in Gloss Black.
I let the paint sit for two days, then I coated it 3 times with my favorite polyurethane in Gloss. Look at that shine!
Finally, I snapped on the new swivel chair glides that I found here.
Here it is in it’s new home!