Last year a neighbor, who was moving, gave me this vintage radio cabinet. The guts had been removed before she purchased it, but she had plans to use it as a decorative shelf/cabinet. She never had the time, so she gifted the piece to me (thank you Karen!). And as well all know, kids/work/home/life can take over, and the neglected radio cabinet sat in my garage for nearly 6 months before I finally put some paint on her! But here she is all prettied up!
I painted her with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence, and sealed with clear soft wax. Dark wax gave it some aging, while fresh fabric now livens up the area where the speaker used to be. I also stripped and restained the top in a dark walnut, and wiped on some poly for protection.
Wouldn't it be a great conversation piece in your entertainment area/basement? The back is open, and there's a piece of wood inside that would work as a shelf for your I-Pod dock. You could hide your player inside and little would anyone know that the music coming out is from your I-Pod!
Ahh, it would be a marriage of today's technology with yesteryear's beauty!