Retro Television Cabinet

For my up cycle project, I had my eye on an old television laying around in my girlfriend’s parent’s basement. With a little help from the internet, I was inspired to make the TV into a liquor cabinet. It’s been collecting dust for at least 15 years, so I figured that I could bring new life into it.

The 1970’s TV Gutted and ready to be up cycled.

Old CRT TVs are notorious for keeping their dangerously high voltage charge for months, if not years after it was last unplugged. In order to not get shocked, I placed a screwdriver in the ground and connected it to another screwdriver using jump cables and used those to discharge the tube. After that, I gutted the TV, leaving all of the wires to connect to the buttons and displays on the control panel in case I choose to add controls after the project is done.


Gutting and discharging the television.
Gutting and discharging the television.

The next step in converting the TV into a cabinet is to pick up some old cabinet doors from Resource and cut the wood to create a wood lining/box inside the TV casing. Depending on how feasible it is, I may choose to try and cut the bottom piece of the lining out of glass.

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3 Comments. Leave new

  • Nice! I’m glad you decided to do this! Its a super cool idea and an awesome way to use an old TV. Best of luck with installing everything else you need for it. What kind of an aesthetic are you going to go for? I think it would be cool to do a kind of clash between modern and retro by using LEDs or like chrome finishes to modernize the inside of the cabinet while still keeping the outside looking like an old TV.

  • Elyse Skinner
    January 29, 2016 7:51 pm

    This is a super cool project! I can’t wait to see how it turns out and I really think the bottom part of the lining as glass would look really awesome.

  • Are you going to try to make the door match the contours of the original screen? That could be a tricky cut.


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