How to Customize a Turntable

Custom Uturn Audio Turntable A Beautiful Mess x Kacey MusgravesOne of the most asked questions after I posted Kacey’s Living Room Tour was how I customized the turntable, and IF it was DIY. I’m so happy to report that this is a DIY that is doable for pretty much anyone. It’s easy, it’s not crazy time consuming, and the results are really beautiful.

I thought long and hard about how to customize Kacey’s turntable. My friend, Krys, did a super cute decoupaged record player with fabric, but I couldn’t bear the thought of covering up the surface that much.

I came really close to just going pink (just plain pink instead of white), but the room already had plenty of pink. I mean, there’s never too much pink, but you know what I mean…

I also considered glitter. But the thing with glitter is that it has to be sealed A LOT (like this) to be smooth and not flake off. I was too scared it would turn out lumpy or look like a DIY (in a bad way), so I skipped the glitter.

Then I remembered, GOLD gilding paint!

How to customize a turntableThe paint I used is Martha Stewart gold gilding paint. It has the MOST incredible shine, better than spray paint or any other craft paint I have ever used. The only catch is that you’ll want to use it in a WELL ventilated area, wear a mask or take breaks because it is SMELLY until dry.

How to customize a turntable I decided on a very simplistic cactus pattern because A. I knew I could execute it by hand, and B. it’s not too crazy time consuming. Even with the simple pattern, this still took me several hours because I would let it dry every few rows because I was TERRIFIED of accidentally bumping it with my sleeve and messing it up. This paint and method is not easy to fix if you mess up, so do everything you can to get it right the first time, which for me was mostly just choosing not to rush.

The piece of tape you see there was just to help me keep my rows somewhat even. They’re not perfect (and it’s not necessary for them to be perfect), but moving that piece of tape down as I painted made it much easier to keep my cacti well spaced.

How to customize a turntable Once the top was totally dry, I also added cacti to the edges of the turntable. That was probably the section that required the most concentration.

All in all, this was an afternoon project and pretty easy to do!


Thanks for reading! xx -Elsie

PS. Kacey’s turntable and speakers are both from U-Turn Audio. It’s basically the same set up I have in my home, and I love it so much that I recommended it to her.

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Elsie Larson and Collin DuPree. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

  • You did an amazing job! As easy as it looks. I’d probably mess it up.
    I love the final product!!!

  • OMG this is the cutest idea I’ve never seen to turn a turntable into such a lovely thing! You’re truly creative!

  • This is so cute! I just bought a record player similar to yours but in black and I’m really considering painting little silver half moons all over it now!

  • Gorgeous Elsie! Have just seen the most beautiful children’s book called ‘You Belong Here’ by M H Clark and thought of you! xx

  • Yay so excited that this is a DIY! Been obsessing over it since you first posted on IG!

  • I don’t know how you keep coming up with the cutest ideas. Love this so much! <3

  • This is a CUTEST idea! I love the modern and minimal record player look.

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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