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Trash to Treasure TV Transformation

Here’s a teaser of the final product.  But this isn’t what it originally looked like.  In fact it looked very, very different.

Trash to Treasure TV Hutch final

My fist impression was that someone had left their garbage in the front yard with the hope someone would take it.  The box sat there for several days because who in their right mind would want THAT.

Trash to treasure TV -- Original Curbside TV

It was an OLD TV.  Like the kind I remember from when I was five.  The kind you actually had to walk up to in order to turn the dial to change the channels.

If you don’t have similar memories then you probably don’t have any wrinkles and you definitely don’t know how to rewind a record by picking up the needle and guesstimating the right ring on the record for the song you want. But I digress.

Trash to Treasure TV - Closeup Curbside TV Knobs

This TV was made back when you only needed 13 or 14 channels and only half of those channels even had a signal.

Let me explain that I was not initially inspired by this piece of junk on the side of the road. I too drove past it on my merry way for several days.  But I recently saw Beckie’s trash to treasure tv transformation of a similar piece on her blog Infarrantly Creative , which got my little brain churning.  If she could do it… What’s to lose?  So in the middle of a horrific rain storm, the kind we only get two or three times a year, I zoomed over to the curb on which this pathetic thing sat.

I’m the polite kind of scrounger so I ran up to the door, still in my exercise clothes, my hair barely brushed and in a pony tail, and rang the doorbell.  They said I could have it for free as well as a gun cabinet they had just thrown in a dumpster in the driveway.  See its transformation into a dining room hutch here.

Dumpster Gun Cabinet

The couple at the home were getting ready to move and getting rid of a lot of stuff.  They were happy to help me load my finds into the back of my minivan.  The only problem, particularly with the TV was that it was too heavy to get out of the car by myself.

Like it was full of rocks, REALLY HEAVY.

Not wanting to wait until my sweet Sports Addict got home (because he would think I had finally lost my mind), I decided to just start gutting it right there in the car with the hope that once it was gutted I could muscle the frame out myself.

Trash to Treasure TV -Taking apart the TV

After about a bazillion screws and cutting lots of wires it came.

Some of the guts

Some of the guts

After about an hour’s worth of work and just a few scratches, I successfully extracted the shell from the minivan.   Remember a lot of this was going on in intermittent rain.  No worries though.  My neighbors already know I’m nuts.

Trash to Treasure TV - Empty TV shell

At this point I was just hoping this wasn’t a huge mistake.  But if Beckie could do it…

Thus pushing ahead I used scraps of materials in the garage to make a box inside the shell.  Since I thought it would be nice to use for piano music I decided to put in vertical dividers.   I just hate it when books fall over into a pile and I’ve found vertical dividers on shelves really help with this.  It also made sense since sheet music is often very tall.

Trash to Treasure TV interior with dividers

Vertical dividers before getting their front edge trim

I also trimmed out the front to hide the plastic molding used to attach the TV to the frame.

Trash to Treasure TV Moulding Closeup

Molding to hide the unsightly edges of the TV shell

So after caulking it was finally ready to prime and paint.

Trash to Treasure TV Ready to Prime

I didn’t put the back on until the end so I could paint from both the front and back.  It made it easier to paint the interior.  I used some Kilz 2 primer I had on hand and some “oops” paint I mixed together to get this lovely grayish-blue.

Trash to Treasure TV Painted gray-blue

Once that was dry I went over the whole piece with a cream color I used on my roadside mirror.  I just dry brushed on the cream color, highlighting the molding of the old TV shell and giving it a little bit of a brushed over look.

Trash to Treasure TV Moulding Detail

In the end my wonderful Sports Addict is no longer questioning my sanity, and I have a beautiful new hutch for holding all the piano music that used to be spilling over the top of the piano.

Trash to Treasure TV Hutch final 2

The best part though it that it was 100% FREE.

I didn’t spend a single cent on this.  Everything I used was already in the garage either from old projects or left from previous owners of the home.  Not only did I save at least part of the TV from the landfill, but I reused items that might have eventually been thrown away in the garage.  Free and better for the environment.  I’m just going to go pat myself on the back again as I admire my new living room furniture.


CAUTION:  I’ve been told there is a part in some of these old TV’s that may hold a charge even if the TV has been unplugged for a while.  Taking one of these apart could result in electrocution.

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