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.


Photo by: Marko Metzinger

Marko Metzinger

By: Rae McConville

Materials Needed:

  • screw driver
  • drill
  • paint (interior)
  • paint (exterior)
  • door panels
  • wood glue
  • knobs

Step 1

Remove the panels in the cabinet doors—ours were fabric, so we just ripped them out from the inside.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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, Set it in the cabinet where the old record player used to be.

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