We have a rather horrible hi-fi unit that we acquired in the 1980s. It’s black, came as a flat-pack and is completely out of place in our cottagey sitting room.
Over the years we’ve modified it to suit different sizes of electronic equipment – a VHS recorder, record deck, CD player and amp to start with, later a DVD player, Freeview box and games console.
It does the job, but it isn’t pretty.
Well, I’ve finally done something about this 1980s monstrosity.
I rubbed it down to dull the shiny black finish, squared off a ragged opening we’d made in the hardboard back at some point to allow electrical plugs to pass through…
… filled all the shelf holes meant for things we don’t use any more (like racks for LPs and cassettes), primed and undercoated the untreated blockboard edges and the underside of the top, and then gave the whole thing two coats of eggshell paint in a pale leaf green colour.
It’s still an unlovely piece of furniture but it looks a thousand times better than it did. And it matches the standard lamp that I originally bought the paint for. All done in three days, thanks to water-based primer and eggshell which dry in a few hours.
I dunno why we keep the LPs when we haven’t had a record deck in years, but somehow it doesn’t seem right to ditch them. All those memories!