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I acquired this lovely old piece (does it even qualify as vintage) back when I was in college along with a stereo system and giant speakers (and an earache) – but we are not here to talk about those now. As we were saying I had a giant collection of cassettes, being the music fan I am and this was the perfect storage for the time.

Now since we do not use cassettes anymore, it was basically taking up space in my house. Aside from lots of dust, it was in good shape and the wood was beautiful. I did not want to get rid of it, since I love to repurpose anything old, but I did not know what the perfect solution would be till my husband came up with the idea of a table. Of course, I would need the right base.

An old cassette tape holder The Showcase Table

As I may have mentioned, I have a basement that is chock full of  old decrepit stuff. This chair had been my father-in-law’s many years ago and had seen better days. I don’t know if you can tell from the picture, but the back rest was broken and it was not an easy fix. Aside from the obvious sentimental value, the wood was in good condition and it was worth salvaging.

Old broken director's chair, The Showcase Table

I knew it had a sturdy bottom and I decided to focus on that, instead of trying to repair a chair that was on its last legs. And that’s about all that it had left – legs.

Cut down director's chair The Showcase Table

​With my husband’s help I cut off the top part which was splintered.Then I set about removing the fabric, and all the nails that held it in place.  There were quite a few that had been nailed in over the years.

The frame of the bottom of the chair, The Showcase Table

I sanded it down and then applied my homemade furniture wax. You can see how much richer it looks. This would be perfect for my table base.

sanded and waxed, The Showcase Table

Next, I had to take care of the cassette holder. I cleaned it with some oil and vinegar and then the next day I varnished it with 2 coats. I should point out that I have removed some slats so that I can place my collection of sea shells inside and use it as a display. But I still had to find a way to screw the top to the base. After much trial and error, and of course with the help of hubby, we were able to screw the top onto the base.

Adding the shells inside, The Showcase Table

​Finally, I topped it off with a piece of beveled glass. The cost for this project was minimal, just the price of the glass, since I already had the varnish. Here we have my collection without the glass.

the cassette holder filled with shells, The Showcase Table

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with beveled glass on top, The Showcase Table
Repurposed cassette holder The Showcase Table
stamp on the side The Showcase Table
Repurposed director's chair and cassette holder, The Showcase Table
The Showcase Table

This is a unique piece, one that I was very happy to have completed. By combining the chair and the cassette storage unit, I was able to create something more than the sum of its parts. I wanted to preserve this piece, because it reminds me of the earaches I had gotten from listening to my loud music.  But mostly because it has special meaning for my husband who fondly remembers his dad sitting in that chair.

Repurposed cassette tape holder and directors chair into display table, Side view of The Showcase Table
How to create a showcase table by repurposing a damaged director's chair and a wooden cassette tape holder. #repurposes #oldthings #trashure #directorschair #woodcassetteholder #creatingsomethingnewfromoldthings #coolfurniture #uniquefurniture #chairmakeover #showcasetable #glasstabletop #DIYProject The Showcase Table
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This project originally appeared in Remodelaholic in a revised form .

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Thursday 27th of May 2021

OH my gosh! My sister collects rocks and shells and arrowheads. She is a prolific finder. This will be the perfect gift for her to be able to display her finds in her living room for all her guests to see. Thanks!


Thursday 27th of May 2021

So happy you like this idea Scarlet! Thank you for stopping by :)

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Monday 12th of October 2015

Mary, I've said it before, I say it again: you're genius!!! This is so beautiful and with memories for both you and your husbands to cherish! I wanna come take a look at your basement ;)


Monday 12th of October 2015

Katrin, you do not know how much your comments mean to me. Thank you so much for your encouragement friend! You are welcome to come rummage through my basement any time.


Monday 12th of October 2015

Mary, this is a treasure! I love how you combined both pieces to make a lovely one. Now, every time that both of you look at it, you'll have nice memories.


Monday 12th of October 2015

Pili. Yes, this project was a dream for both of us and we are so happy to have it completed.


Monday 12th of October 2015

Μαίρη ,θα έρθω να βουτήξω στην αποθήκη σου !!!! Καταπληκτικό κομμάτι έγινε .Έδωσες και στα δύο κομμάτια δεύτερη ευκαιρία ζωής ,να τα χαρείτε και να θυμάστε τις όμορφες παλιές στιγμές που περάσατε με αυτά !Καλή σου βδομάδα !


Monday 12th of October 2015

Ολυμπία, θα χαρώ να έρθεις στην αποθήκη μου. Ευχαριστώ για τα καλά σου λόγια και να έχεις μια καλή εβδομάδα!


Monday 12th of October 2015

What a splendid idea. It turned out so nice.


Monday 12th of October 2015

Thank you Debra. I think this is my best one yet.

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