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I am trying to reconcile my formal antique Empire furniture into our (new to us) contemporary condo.I have begun to incorporate mid century neo classic pieces to bridge the design gap. I found a low early 60's record cabinet on Ebay. It was too low and in an unattractive greenish walnut veneer, but I loved the urns with the eternal flame (very Empire, I thought). Just sanded and primed so far.

I'm painting it a cool marble white and built a base to raise it utilizing some thrift shopped legs also from the 60's.

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Posts: 1784 | Location: Morristown | Registered: Jun 12, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Here is the base. The fluted legs came off a $45. cocktail table from the 60's and the rest is flat stock poplar I bought at H.D. It should be done in about a week, if it stops raining!

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It looks good Charles! But why do you think this was a record cabinet instead of a buffet?

I remember that a record cabinet of this size would also have had the turntable also inside under a lift top.

What ever it's history it is a great piece and a good addition to your new decor.
 
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My my...that will become one gorgeous showpiece. Looking forward to the finished product.
 
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LOVE your solution with apron and legs! I do like your color choice. This will be a great height and more a more useful scale.

I also love the eternal flame and urns! What a GREAT FIND and a GREAT DEAL!!!

Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to see it finished! Smile

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Love, love, LOVE IT!!!
 
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That's a great project. I can't wait to see it finished and incorporated into your décor. It's going to be fabulous!
 
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All I can say is "wow"!

Martha
 
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That is going to be lovely!
 
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I am in total awe and envy of people like you who have such fine talent and creativity.
Will there be a glass insert in the cocktail table?
Please be sure to show the finished product.
 
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I am in total awe and envy of people like you who have such fine talent and creativity.
Will there be a glass insert in the cocktail table?
Please be sure to show the finished product.


Hi arepo. The cabinet was only 28 inches high with its original legs. It will eventually sit behind a "counter height" table so I wanted it to be taller so you could see it. The base isn't a cocktail table, but I did repurpose four legs from a vintage cocktail table to help me raise the cabinet.It turned out they were more interesting and less expensive than buying premade new legs. The frame attatched to the legs I made from plain hardwood I bought at Home Depot.When the cabinet is done it will be 40 inches high, perched on slender but sturdy legs. I got the idea from looking at expensive Italian liquor cabinets from the 1940's on www.1stdibs.com

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Fabulous!!!
 
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Love it, especially against those gorgeous charcoal walls!
 
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