Can you believe it’s the middle of July already? This summer is already flying by!
I’m loving that the unnamed child is home during the days and can be my
slave cheap labor. Although, I don’t think she is nearly as excited about this arrangement as I am…
Summer also means yard sales galore!
While out saling the other day, I came across one of those retro TVs. You know, the ones that weigh about 200 lbs.
There was one for sale for a whopping $3.
The person running the sale saw me looking at it and told me I could just have it if I would haul it away. Of course I can never turn away anything for free.
So off I drove with the back half of my SUV dragging about a foot lower than the front.
Now I had big plans for this guy, but I can assure you Topher wasn’t seeing it. All he saw was this albatross taking up room in his precious garage. I knew I needed to get to work on this ASAP so I wouldn’t have to hear any more nagging.
First came the gutting process. I left this part up to my beloved and his trusty drill/screwdriver. I had heard horror stories about removing the old tubes because of stored electrical current. While googling how to do this Topher came across a whole site that sounded like How To Zap My A**. It’s a whole site dedicated to people that had gotten their behinds zapped across a room while dismantling or trying to repair these tube tv’s.
By the grace of God, all of his appendages stayed intact during this process.
I kept poking my head out in the garage every couple of minutes just to make sure he wasn’t lying on the ground twitching.
Once the guts were yanked out, I started cleaning off all of the filth.
I removed the handles and started painting this beast with the first of two coats (plus a few touch ups) of Plaster Paint in Ivory Lace. I used Plaster Paint because it is non-toxic, and in case a pup decided to chew on his bed, I wanted to make sure it wouldn’t cause any health problems.
I then gave it a light sanding with my 3M sanding block and coated it in a clear wax.
Topher cut out a board for the back, and I painted it the same white. I then layered on three strips of chevron Frog Tape and painted over the whole board with a hot pink spray paint. I then removed the tape which allowed the white to show through.
I used the same hot pink to paint the handles.
I used some scrap material I had to make the curtains and the green inserts.
I also picked-up a soft dog pillow and laid it inside.
My little Charlie is thinking that this makes a pretty good little house for him, and he doesn’t even mind the flowers.
Heather@ viralupcycle.com says
I love it..great color choice and so unique. Also I can relate about the eye sores taking up garage space.:)
I LOVE those curtains!! So pretty and such a cool idea.
Jan Fusco says
How cute is that?!
Thank you Jan!
Lisa S. says
I love what you did with this eyesore of an old console TV. My mom still has ours which she gutted in the late 70s early 80s and we kept our board games in it. I would love to grab it and use it for my three little guys. You are so imaginative with your projects. I have voted for you and wouldn’t want you to clean. I would just love to hang out and pick your brain. Or better yet, go saling with you!
Thank you so much Lisa! You should definitely grab your moms! Thanks so much for the vote! We would have so much fun going to yard sales together!
Marie@The Interior Frugalista says
What a lucky doggy – fit for a King. I especially like his little curtains and adorable pictures hanging on the wall. So dang cute!
Thanks Marie! My Charlie loves it!
Super cute!! I voted 🙂
OMG- this is soooo amazing I love it! Do I Just need to like your video? How do I vote?
What an adorable dog house, this is such a great idea! Love the video, too cute!
Thank you Lauren!
What a clever idea & Charlie looks as happy as a clam! I voted for you – good luck!
Erin Kaven says
As soon as I saw it I was smitten. Since you put up the curtain in strikes me it would be an adorable puppet theater for a child also.
Thank you so much Erin!
The pictures inside crack me up! Super cute idea.
I LOVE this! 🙂
Thank you so much Bethany!
Lindee Katdare says
This is soooo amazing and inspiring!! You’ve given me some good ideas…I’m thinking of a cool doll house for my daughter. Love it!!
Thank you Lindee! A doll house would be so fun too!
Amy @ StowandTellU says
Sooooo creative and cute!!! Love it! And good luck on the Instagram contest, the video is really funny, I got my vote in.
Dianna L. says
Genius! What a great recycling of that old tube box no one would have used.
Thank you Dianna! It was heading to the dump before I got a hold of it!
WOW! This is so awesome! I love your color choices and you’d never know it was a re purposed piece. I love the detail of the dog portraits too! Beautiful work.
Jay Burnett says
I love this idea. Our boy is a “denner” so he’d love it too. But I have to redecorate – to more masculine colors !
Thanks so much!
Thank you Kristy! This was a fun piece to work on!
Pauline Molinari says
This is seriously soooo cute! Great upcycle project. Thanks for sharing on the Monday Funday link party!
Thank you Pauline!
That is one lucky dog! I love the bright, fun colors and the curtains. Great paint job! I’m definitely pinning this!
Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party!
Thank you T’onna!
Virginia Fynes says
This is amazing!!! So clever
Thank you Virginia!
That is such a great transformation. Super cute. I will be featuring this tonight at my Sizzle into Summer party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com
Thank you so much for the feature Judy!
Thank you Jacque!
Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles says
Oh. my. word. That’s the cutest thing ever! What lucky pups. Thanks for linking up with us at Best of the Nest!
Thanks so much Jennifer!
Emily Marie says
How do you know plaster paint is non toxic? Do you know anything about the VOC content? I am going to do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for the inspiration!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to use a paint that is non toxic and VOC free and want to know if you know any information on that topic. Thanks so much.
Thanks Emily! It is considered to be no voc. The website has the lab results from consumer protection. Hope this helps!
Nicola Prybell says
What a lovely DIY! We’ve featured you over on the FaveCrafts Blog! 🙂
Lovely idea. Great way to recycle and reuse. Lovely colors.
Jen @ upcyclednest says
What a fun project and finished piece of furniture! My uncle is a really good woodworker. They called their original dog crate the “mutt hut”. Then he made a really beautiful one that they lovingly call the “mutt mahal” hahaha. But it looks like yours should take over that title!
Lovely bed for a lovely dog. Nice sharing.
“TUBE TV TURNED DOG BED”. What a creative idea! It’s a totally comfortable house for dogs. If someone looking for a beautiful bed for his furry friend to sleep in, this might be for him. It is the best idea for those who have a tube TV box. They can easily make a comfortable Pet house just like you. The process you have shown was very easy and very cost effective. With a little more creativeness, it is turned into a very fashionable pet house. Dogs are not just pets – they’re family. This blog totally comprehensive and useful.
James Keifer says
Wow! Such an amazing idea! I’m gonna try with my old TV box. Thanks for sharing.
Paul Clinard says
I loved your idea,also love your pet,it was so cute,I had a tube tv also,my grandpa give it to me.Some days ago my sister bought a cute beast.I am thinking to build a home for him,but i just loved your idea.I think it’s more convenient and unique process.The colour combination was so impressive. Thank you LISA for your amazing idea.I will do it and give you a feedback.
Joseph Lennon says
Omg so pretty and love the colours. Great idea.