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.


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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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

  6. The Three Amigos says

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

  7. Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal says

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

  8. 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!

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

  10. 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! 🙂

  12. Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish says

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

  13. Restyled Vintage says

    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….

  14. ::cottage instincts:: says

    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. 🙂

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

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

  17. mer@lifeat7000feet says

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

  18. Robin's Nesting Place says

    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!

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

  20. I need something like that to put my serger on.

  21. 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 =)

  22. I'm guessing a bedside table…

  23. The Mom @ Babes in Hairland says

    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!

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

  25. says

    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!! 🙂

  26. 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!

  27. 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.

  28. Joseph's Grainery Recipes says

    I remember my grandparents having a tv like that!

  29. 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.

  30. 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!


  32. Coffee Queen says

    A fireplace????

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

  34. 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!

  35. 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.

  36. Shelley Parker Chandler says

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

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

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

  39. CherishedHearts Vintage says

    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.

  40. 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?

  41. Sharon McBride says

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

  42. Hey! I love this & am about to get an old console TV. Do you have instructions or tips on how to remove the TV guys safely? Thanks in advance!!

    • Hi Bonnie, I honestly had no clue how to do it. I just started unscrewing all the parts and tugging it out and cutting wires. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

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