How-to: Go High-Tech With a Broken Record Player
The DIY experts at HGTV Magazine went digging in the attic for treasures that deserve a second chance.
- screw driver
- paint (interior)
- paint (exterior)
- door panels
- wood glue
Remove the panels in the cabinet doors—ours were fabric, so we just ripped them out from the inside.
Unscrew the lid and the crank on the cabinet’s side and set aside. Then remove the doors’ old knobs and the record player, plus any other old sound equipment.
Paint the inside of the cabinet and the underside of the lid a dark color. Let dry, then paint the exterior of the cabinet and top of the lid a light color. Let dry.
Glue new screens—we used custom PVC panels—to the inside of the doors with wood glue. Screw new knobs on the doors, and reattach the lid and crank.
Drill a hole in the back of the cabinet to accommodate the cord of a new record player—we used the Ion Audio ILP digital conversion turntable for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad ($100, ionaudio.com). Set it in the cabinet where the old record player used to be.