Updated Mid Century Modern Record Holder

Question: What happens when you update something potentially worth anywhere from $15 to $1000?

Answer: I don’t know yet.

I usually look up items on-line before I get to refurbishing something; just in case I actually come across an extremely valuable piece. Thanks a lot Antiques Roadshow.

This time, I picked up a beautiful old Mid Century Modern Record Holder (or is it a magazine rack?) and painted it the very next day. I then got the bright idea of looking it up mainly because I wanted to make sure I priced it right before I sold it.

Here’s what I found:

  1. The first two images I came across that matched my record holder were on Etsy which indicated they’d already sold and I couldn’t find a price.
  2. Another on Etsy said it was from the 60’s and was a magazine rack for $72.
  3. I came across this promising record holder which immediately led to heart palpitations. They’re asking over $1,000 for it!!! I learned it was French and from the 1940’s. I laughed thinking, that’s ridiculous.
  4. I found another which was much less jarring yet sold for over $100, still making me scratch my head. I learned it was by Ernest Sohn.
  5. Found a 3rdΒ record holder and we’re getting lower.
  6. Then I found this for $15.00 plus shipping

I guess what I’m saying is, the Internet is confusing and the damage is done.

Updated Mid Century Modern Record Holder

Originally this old record holder or magazine rack was a dull gold, worn away over time, now revealing a silver color. The corners and joints showed signs of rust. It’s most likely made of steel and offers a good solid weight. Good bones they say.

Please know this post includes some affiliate links. If you click on a link and make a purchase, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. Thank you. Click here for my full disclosure.

Original atomic record holder before it gets a paint job. AmbientWares.com

Updated Metal MCM Record or Magazine Rack by AmbientWares.com

Updated Metal MCM Record or Magazine Rack by AmbientWares.com

Updated Metal MCM Record or Magazine Rack by AmbientWares.com

I used a fine grit sanding block along with a piece of 220 grit paper to get in the tight corners and joints. Nothing too harsh, just to scuff it up.Sanding the vintage metal record holder before it gets painted by AmbientWares.comTaping off the handle only, I painted with rusty metal primer. Even though it wasn’t horribly rusty overall, this is what was on hand. The color looks just like the cap which looks like rust.

Taping off the handle of the mid century record holder before spray painting it by AmbientWares.com

Using Rustoleum rusty metal primer on the mid century record holder by AmbientWares.comAfter 2 coats of primer, it got multiple coats of key lime green color in gloss. I only say multiple coats because there are so many nooks and crannies, I basically did touch up spurts of paint numerous times.

Using Rustoleum key lime green on the mid century record holder by AmbientWares.com

Updated Metal MCM Record or Magazine Rack by AmbientWares.com
Is it just me or does this look yellow? Trust me it’s bright green.

Updated Metal MCM Record or Magazine Rack by AmbientWares.com

Updated Metal MCM Record or Magazine Rack by AmbientWares.com

Once dried, I took the tape off only to realize I hadn’t covered everything (mainly underneath) plus, the bottom of the feet weren’t hit at all. I eventually flipped it over, re-taped and finished it up.

Updated Metal MCM Record or Magazine Rack by AmbientWares.com
I did not use the rusty metal primer on the very bottom of the feet and I did sand lightly before painting.

Updated Metal MCM Record or Magazine Rack by AmbientWares.com

Finally I gave it a couple coats of KRYLON’s Crystal Glaze. I don’t really use KRYLON for the most part but, again, I had it in my stash. You can’t really tell a difference but, I feel better havingΒ  another couple layers of protection.

Updated Metal MCM Record or Magazine Rack by AmbientWares.com

Updated Metal MCM Record or Magazine Rack by AmbientWares.com
It looks the same even with the clear glaze

It might not be worth a ton of green now but, what it lacks in dolla bills, it makes up for in style and color, no?

Updated Metal MCM Record or Magazine Rack by AmbientWares.com

Updated Metal MCM Record or Magazine Rack by AmbientWares.com

Updated Metal MCM Record or Magazine Rack by AmbientWares.com

Maybe imagine some more color coordinated pillows than these.

Updated Metal MCM Record or Magazine Rack by AmbientWares.com

Updated Metal MCM Record or Magazine Rack by AmbientWares.com

Updated Metal MCM Record or Magazine Rack by AmbientWares.com

Sad to say this is our record collection. I had to keep the Smurfs record from childhood.

Updated Metal MCM Record or Magazine Rack by AmbientWares.com

Update a Mid Century Modern Record Holder or Magazine Rack with a fresh coat of paint. For this and more simple projects, visit AmbientWares.com

Related ambient wares posts:

24 thoughts on “Updated Mid Century Modern Record Holder

  1. Terrific makeover. We had one growing up and I think my mom used it for magazines. I like your idea of using it for all sorts of things. And don’t you love it when you put it in your shop and it flies out the door.

  2. Love the record/magazine rack and I especially love the color you chose. Yes, it’s scary out there, when one site says one thing and another site says another. What is one to do? Just love and enjoy your find I guess. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Wow, how cool! I love the bright green and that it can be used for so many things! I’d have lots of fun decorating with it for sure! So happy you shared it with us at Sweet Inspiration this time!

  4. Your record/magazine holder looks adorable painted. I always love it when I score a little MCM accessory at Value Village or my local junk guy’s place.

    1. Thanks Vanessa πŸ™‚ I know the Mid Century items have been all the rage for a while but, I’ve only recently began to appreciate the looks and styles. The “local junk guy’s place” sounds amazing!

Leave a Reply to Wendi@H2OBungalow Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *