Tube TV Turned Dog House

While out at garage sales 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 my hubby 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. I had heard horror stories about removing the old tubes because of stored electrical current.
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 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.
My three rescue dogs live very pampered lives now!
I then gave it a light sanding 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. 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 picked-up a soft dog pillow and laid it inside.
To see the end result click on the link down below!

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  • Becky Partain
    on Jun 24, 2017

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    on Jun 30, 2020

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