How to Transform an Old Stereo into a Dresser

Learn how to transform an old stereo into a dresser storage unit.


Materials and Tools:

tape measure
marking tools
screw driver
sanding supplies
chop saw
table saw
jig saw
paint supplies
dremel tool


1. Strip out the record player, tuner and speaker parts from the cabinet.

2. Apply wood fill to fill in any imperfections in the cabinet left by the stripping process.

3. Sand all of the filled areas flush with the other surfaces.

4. Cut and fit the shelves and back cover sections using 3/4 inch MDF. Add any brackets needed for the shelf installation.

5. Prime and paint the inside of the cabinet.

6. Prime and paint all of the shelf sections before affixing to the inside of the cabinet.

7. Lightly sand all of the outside surfaces of the cabinet.

8. Stain and polyurethane the outside of the cabinet.

9. Once the paint is dry, you can screw the shelves into place.

10. Use caulk to fill any gaps in the seams between the shelves and the cabinet.

11. Add an oak frame to the speaker faces made out of one inch trim. The speaker faces will become the doors for the side sections of the dresser.

12. Stain the new frames on the doors.

13. Hang the doors on the cabinet with appropriate hinges and latching hardware.

14. Add handles to the doors.

Project Cost:

Stereo Cabinet: Free
Paint: $7
Materials: $20

Total: $27

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