I drove 45 minutes to look over this Craigslist item, advertised by a great guy who, like me (and maybe you?), has too much mid century stuff and needs to thin the herd a little. He's planning to move out of state and while he's taking a lot with him, not everything will go. This TV cabinet was one thing he was willing to part with, and man, am I glad!
I've been looking for something like this for a while, but I always seemed to miss out. Not this time. This old Admiral TV cabinet still has the speaker cloth intact and nice, and the glass and frame were in place.
The cherry colored cabinet has nicks and scratches and wear, and the original knobs are long gone, but overall I figured since the price was good I could revive it and use it for displaying something (sorry, no fish tank will go in here, mainly because we don't need more pets to care for!!).
Anyway, when I got this home I cleaned it up and hit it with some Howards Restore-A-Finish, then Howards Feed-N-Wax to fill in the nicks and scratches and shine it up. The front glass frame came off easily so I cleaned up the glass, dusted everything, waxed the frame and re-installed it. Next I painted the inside of the set black, and added a panel in back to black out the inside of the cabinet.
A box makes a good stand to hold the legs while the paint is drying
Legs painted, shined, and reinstalled
I cleaned, painted, and shined up the legs and put it all back together. I already had the rabbit ears so they went on top. (Sadly, I sold the Zebra TV lamp I picked up last year, so I'll have to look for another lamp or something to go on top of the cabinet with the antenna.)
I'm loving the way this looks in the corner of the living room.