Roadkill Rescue: Vintage TV

If you follow me on facebook you already know I scored another Roadkill Rescue. I drove past this old TV sitting curbside.   I got out of my car, examined it and then decided against it.   I really don’t need anymore projects. Then I saw it the next day,”Hmmmm,” I thought.   But I drove right on by.   Then I saw it the next day, then the next and then the next.   Five days on a busy street in my city and NO ONE PICKED IT UP.   What is wrong with you Hoosiers???

The day before trash day my husband and I went at midnight and hauled it into my van.   I couldn’t let it be thrown away– I am a Roadkill Rescue Hero! ;-)58381_149738695048239_108471495841626_319319_4013469_n You think I am crazy don’t you?   I know! I know…I am half mental!
So I went through my strategies for Roadkill Rescues and I decided to take a chance!

First step…get that darn TV out of the cabinet.

IMG_0750IMG_0751 IMG_0752 After the beast was out it was like 12,000 times lighter!   Then I started thinking through my options.   I could use a folding table in my laundry room.   I also thought about some more storage in the kid’s room.   Then my children decided it was an awesome place to play in.IMG_0759 But in the end that isn’t what it became.

So I had a vision in my mind and I needed to take some depth off the cabinet.   I thought and thought about how to cut it in half.   I decided to get a second opinion because I wasn’t feeling very confident.   I asked my friend Mike if he could help me think through it.   Being the sweetheart that he is he said “I can help you do it right now if you want.”   So with a circular saw and sawzall he cut it in half for me.

It was so fun watching it transform!





To help keep it stable we reattached the support beam from the cut piece onto the new back of the unit. We also unscrewed the feet and reattached them to the new back as well.



Since we cut off part of the foot I had to make a slight change in the front feet too by sawing a piece of it off.

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Check out the final reveal here.

  • Amy D

    UGH! I can't believe you are going to leave us hanging! LOL. Can't wait to see it!

  • Caseymini

    I am guessing a shelf in the middle and storage for towels and other things in the bathroom. Maybe a pale blue shabby chic…

    I wish I could find something like that. It would make a great two story dollhouse.

  • Polly

    I haven't been keeping up on blogs as much lately, but I was thinking of you as I've been finishing up my own roadkill rescue…with real furniture this time, not just clothes. :) I'll have it up soon.

  • Him and Her

    hmmm..laundry room storage? like maybe beside the machines?

  • Kristi

    Agggh! You tease!! :-)

    I have looked at it and looked at it and I can't tell. Can't wait to see part 2!

    ~ The Speckled Dog

  • The Three Amigos

    You're killing me! I've been waiting for this for DAYS!

  • Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal

    Okay, my guess is a TV stand! For a flat screen tv. But it will have a shelf and storage inside. Yes?

  • Jeanette

    I guess storage in a laundry room. It has casters and everything to slide nicely

    color?? How about bright YELLOW…then you could post it to Dana's new celebrations theme on MADE!

  • Patrice

    Hi. New reader. I'm going to guess… an aquarium?

  • Amanda

    Hmm… I really don't know… the drawers at the bottom throw me off… what would you do with those?


    Can't wait to see what it is! Because of you planting the seed of road kill rescues I found my first project last weekend! Its so exciting! :)

  • Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish

    I am going to go with rolling kitchen storage cart! Can't wait to see what you actually do with it!

  • Restyled Vintage

    Whatever it will be, I can tell it will be stunning…I have never seen such an ornate old tv cabinet as this! My vote is for a portable toy cubby storage system….

  • ::cottage instincts::

    Oh no! I hate waiting..which is why I couldn't watch soap operas.

    I suppose I didn't know you were a hoosier too. :)

  • Heather

    Ok … inspire me some more … can't wait to see the finished project!!

  • **Amy**

    You are the Queen of cliffhangers! I really don't like you right now…:)! You know how little patience I have!

  • mer@lifeat7000feet

    No idea, but I'm sure the results will be AMAZING!

  • Robin’s Nesting Place

    I'm a Hoosier too! I just discovered your blog a few days ago and I love it!
    I'm not even gonna try to guess, but I can't wait to find out!

  • Kat

    Can't wait to see what this ends up being!!!

  • Anonymous

    I need something like that to put my serger on.

  • Sommer

    You know because of you I get the kids up early on Wednesdays and get everyone ready for school only so we can drive around on trash day before school hoping for a rescue! LOL I thought my kids must hate me but they love it ha! Yelling… mommy how bout that over there?! Thanks for inspiring me… still waiting on my first rescue =)

  • Robyn

    I'm guessing a bedside table…

  • The Mom @ Babes in Hairland

    Wow — you've done a ton of work on this – I'm really excited to see what you've turned it into! I know you won't disappoint!

  • Pearl Girl

    your a friggin genius, I can't wait!!!

  • [email protected]

    I am thinking either a roll-around kitchen cart or maybe a roll-around book shelf for the kiddos? color not a clue…surprise us already!! :)

  • Bette

    I have NO clue! The possibilities are endless! You can put a shelf in the middle and make it a shelve type stand. Or would a large basket fit in the middle to hide kids toys!?? I can't wait to see it fully transformed!

  • Lorene

    There's a TV on the side of the road on my way home from work. Maybe I'll just stop and take it home. Thanks for the inspriation. Can't wait until tomorrow.

  • Joseph’s Grainery Recipes

    I remember my grandparents having a tv like that!

  • Diane

    I laughed when I saw that TV. We had one just like that. The "Early American" special. I hated that big old cabinet. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

  • Taija

    oooh I am so excited!! A rolling cart? Uh I dunno, but can't wait for you to show us…

    BTW the banofee cookies were AWEWSOME!! We definitely had to battle weight gain with them! Thanks!

  • rachel


  • Coffee Queen

    A fireplace????

  • Desi

    OMGosh….I have this exact situation, I'm waiting on bated breath to see what comes next! ;)
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Alyssa

    Ok, now I'm really kicking myself, because I saw your tv's twin by the road last weekend. Normally I'd stop, but it was a bad stretch of road. Still, I'm thinking about heading back now. Can't wait to see what you do with yours!

  • Eryn

    I'm gonna gues a laundry organization cart to slide in next to your washer/drier. Like this:

    only a lovely shade of turquoise, to match your armoire in your bedroom.

  • Shelley Parker Chandler

    I'm guessing a baby-changing table that will be painted a lovely shade of distressed green or yellow. :)

  • LJ

    Just curious…how did you dispose of the tv parts? We can't put those kinds of things in our local trash.

  • Shelly

    I'm guessing that it's a movable library cart for the kids books.

  • CherishedHearts Vintage

    When I was in my 21 and sharing a house with others, I was so incredibly poor, the only furniture I had was my twin mattress and a small tv. The tv repair shop next door to our house had tossed out a huge console tv. The console was gutted in the back lot and the leftovers tossed into the dumpster, but it was still incredibly huge to get it upstairs. Once it was wrangled upstairs, a skirt was tacked across the front and I had atleast one piece of furniture for my tv and storage under for odds and ends. I'm sure yours will be gorgeous! Can't wait to see it.

  • tp

    That looks like the tv we had in the ’70s, it’s a twin! What did you do with the part you cut off? Could it be turned into a frame or shelf of some kind?

    • Beckie

      I tossed it. {Gasp} It wasn’t solid wood so I probably wouldn’t have.

  • Sharon McBride

    I too, am wondering where you dispose of the “guts” of the TV???

    • Beckie

      I just threw them away ignorantly. I am sure there is a recycling center I should have brought it too. I just didn’t think about it. Oops!