This project was about giving new life to an object that has been appreciated through the decades. When I inherited this little gem, all of the electrical components were intact and fully functioning. It had been spray-painted bright red and doodled all over in black Sharpie. Inside was a "Knocky Parker and his Backwoods Boys" record, which prompted me to wonder about those who had enjoyed the piece of musical furniture before me. Through my research I found that this model was manufactured in the early 60s. As I started to peel away the layers, discovering the dark wood stain and speaker cloth of varying browns and brass, I wondered how many teenagers had spent their evening huddled around this piece, rebelliously listening to Bob Dylan or The Rolling Stones. Maybe none, but in my story they did. It became apparent that this restoration was about more than myself and how I would enjoy it, but how I would add my own layers, to the remnants of the past for some lucky person to unpeel one day. I decided to go with a color scheme that was in tune with the recent emergence of primary colors paired with cool neutrals, reflective of 80's pop-culture with a hint of maturity. I left intact the back panel which was signed in red spray paint and the small metal element bearing the Admiral logo. It just seemed right. The interior of the wooden box housing the turntable and original controls was still that original brown stain so characteristic of 60's furniture - And I left it that way. The speakers sound beautiful and provide robust sounds that have been missing in our home speakers for many years. This new updated piece now hosts the tunes of contemporary artists such as Broken Bells and Radiohead, with a sprinkling of the classics I've picked up at various vintage shops or yard sales. It's hard not to imagine that maybe, just maybe, this same CCR record had crossed paths with the Admiral in a past life.