Hunting in the back of a tiny closet in a bungalow up an an estate sale a month of so ago we stumbled across a vintage record holder. It was hidden behind a pile of books with records stacked in, around and all over it. While half the task was getting it out, it was a quirky enough find for us to want to take it home and make it ours especially considering it was only $10. Plus in all our hunting years, we've never come across a trolly the right size for 33's, normally they are only large enough for slotting in singles, this was a must.
Now this vintage record trolley, holder, storage thing (call it whatever you will) probably dates from the 50's or 60's and has some groovy little wheels and this smashing metal strip across the slots you could order your records by, if you feel so inclined. Plus the fact that it has a wooden handle to push and pull it around, for me, makes me giggle and tops it all off completely. Granted it was a little worse for wear, suffering from rust and dust and admittedly it sat in the garage until we knew what we wanted to do with it. Well actually, I kind of forgot we even found it until Joe mentioned grabbing some spray paint while we were at the Home Depot the other week. So it went from a very rusty gold to a pretty satin lagoon (don't you just love paint names?!).
Some vintage pieces are perfect as they are - the vintage hamper I fixed up being a prime example of that, this record holder, not so much. Gold doesn't really fit with the furniture we have, and because we love records so much, it deserves to be a stand out piece and sometimes you just have to throw some colour out there.
Rust is easily enough removed from metal with some thick sandpaper and after rubbing it clean, you're go to go with the spray paint. This project was the first time I've spray painted in a long while, and I really enjoyed it (actually eying up another piece of furniture that's in my office that needs a similar colour pop revamp).
I've wheeled it around our house numerous times trying to find the perfect place for it. It looks grand in the back den but with no heating in that room, that's not so good for the records, so it's currently taking pride of place in our already cramped living room. But it does have all our favorites/placed often records finding their home on it.
Admittedly I was apprehensive of such a bright color on a vintage piece, but it works really well and I'm super pleased with it.