Boob Tube to Booze Tube

Ahh, the television set. Remember those sturdy, handsome wooden boxes that provided hours upon hours of mindless entertainment? Chances are if you are reading this, you’re old enough to recall these classic household gems. I’ll never forget ours with those clunky turn dials. Fortunately, these hardy home fixtures seem to be making a major comeback. Why you ask? Because everything old is new again, thanks to Pinterest.

As I was pinning away, I stumbled upon a vintage television set that was upcycled into a retro home bar. Sheer brilliance. Undoubtedly, an instant conversation-starter piece. I had to have this. “I mean, we are in the market for a bar cart….maybe we’ll build this instead…” The rationalizations started to pour in and eventually drowned out any realistic misgivings (like there’s no directions on how to actually do this, busy with 3 kids under five, and no real wood-working skills). But hey, how hard can it be?

Turns out, it’s not too hard if you know the right people. Here’s how we did it (Professional Help Required)

1. Locate

We contacted our buddy, Jason Harris, avid beer fan and picker (finds and resells collectables). Surely he’d know how we could get our hands on one of these. Turns out he had one in stock and ready to sell. Yas!

Next, I located the perfect handyman for this project, my dad. He actually knows a thing or two about building projects like this. Thanks Dad!

Then, we needed to locate all the building materials for this project. We went to the Home Depot on Ben Avon Heights Road. Fortunately, Bob from the lumber department agreed to help me find everything from the wood, supports, even down to the screws for this project. Talk about an efficient trip!

2. Have a professional gut it

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. Find a professional (electrician, repairman) who knows how to safely remove the insides of the TV, especially the CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) portion. It’s dangerous and hazardous for you and the environment. Check to make sure they will dispose of the hazardous electronic waste in the proper electronic waste facilities. Be safe and enlist the help of a professional!

Moiving on…

3.  Attach bottom supports

This TV frame will be holding up all your precious booze. Make sure it can handle the weight by adding additional supports to the base. This is a fitting strip cut to size that was attached to the bottom of the TV frame with L-brackets and screws.

Step 4. Attach the back

We used a white particle board for the back panel. We measured the back side of the tv, cut the particle board accordingly with a sharp razor (do not use any saws, they will chew up the particle board), and nailed the back panel into place with a nail gun.

5. Glue on the base

We used a 1/4 inch white pvc sheet cut to size for the base board. We glued it down with industrial adhesive (to avoid unnecessary nail holes).

6. Attach Back Support for Side Wall

We needed two sturdy ledges on each side to properly attach the side walls. We were missing one on the back right side, so we solved this problem by attaching a piece of the leftover fitting strip by nailing through the back of the particle board into the wood into the fitting strip.

7. Attach Side Walls

Now that we had proper ledges to attach the sides, we were ready to attach the side walls. We used the remaining portion of the white particle board for the sides. We measured out two two sides, cut the backerboard with a sharp razor, and nailed them into place.

8. Apply Decorative Trim

To give it a more polished look, we applied quarter round moulding to the bottom sides and sealed it with white silicone caulking.

9. Sand

We wanted to give the piece a pop of color on the frame and feet (the only real wood portions), so we needed to sand off all that old stain first. We used a coarse sanding sponge and face masks. Be prepared to put forth some serious elbow grease!

10. Tape, Paint and Decorate

We wanted to complement the golden and black colors in the turn dials, so we painted the legs and outside frame a vintage gold color. Next, we glued on a very narrow black ribbon to give it a finished, clean look. Next, we adhered 2 battery operated LED light strips on the top to illuminate the bottles inside.

11. Fill it

Now, here’s the fun part. The Booze Tube is ready to be stocked! Here’s how we properly stocked our quirky new home bar….with all our Pittsburgh favorites!

Cheers N’at       Devon and Tim


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