Furniture Whisperer

It started out as a night like any other night.  Out with some friends, playing games, doing Irish Jigs, ya know, just having a ball… and it was time to come home.  We pulled into the driveway only to find a mysterious object obstructing the parking spot.

vintage tv cabinet

This piece of furniture was 100% authentically unexpected.  I had no idea what it was, or where it came from, or who brought it here.  My first though was, “My house has become a furniture dumping ground magnet.”  My second thought was “It must have walked here.”  (There was no other way.)   Furniture finds its way to my house where it can get new life.  We carried it in, to figure out what it could possibly be.

Any guesses?  I bet you have no idea at all.  Nothing could have prepared me for what was behind those doors.

vintage tv cabinet

vintage tv cabinet

As it turns out, this little beauty came from Aaron’s grandparents’ home.  It belonged to his great-grandpa.  He watched the moon landing on this tv.  Nuts, huh?  It’s like a window to history.  It’s stunningly vintage-retro-cool-fun-antique but also big and bulky.  I have no idea what to do with it.  But I want to think of something.  I think it would be cool to gut the insides, cut half of the back off (so it doesn’t stick out so far from the wall) and use it as a entry table/sofa table.  It’s tall enough.  Is that a dumb idea?

How do you see this happening?  What would you do if you inherited something as unique as this?

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  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)



    ohhh the things I would do with that. …give me time. I have to ponder.

    • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

      Ok. this is something I’ve always wanted to do and i’m wondering if there is any way to do it without compromising the structure.

      Since your dog is so tiny, what if you only take out like the bottom screen part and put a bed for him in there? I would also take the doors off of it completely and just let the TV announce itself to the world. (maybe hang the doors up as art somewhere so if you change your mind you can reattach them?)

      • I totally love the dog bed idea. I’ve also seen people convert old cabinet TVs to fish tanks. I honestly am so stumpted as to what to do. I know I want to do something AWESOME to it though.

  • Dustin to the Webb

    I would get that thing appraised just for the hell of it. I don’t think you should cut it up though that thing is an antique and it would look pretty dang good opened up in your living room on display

    • Thanks for your opinion! Several people have said to get it appraised. So maybe we’ll just need to do that. Thanks for stopping by DttW

  • Henriette

    OMG! THIS IS THE COOLEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN!!! I want it, tell it to swim over the pond! I guess its not possible to use as a TV anymore, but this kind of TV is seriously my dream (not my boyfriends though, he wants a gigantic flatscreen!) Jealous! Excited to see what you are going to do with it 😀

  • Miss Charming

    This is such a great piece that is dripping with vintage cool (and history.). I would consider leaving it as is since it is so unique.

  • Ha Ha!! I just saw this!! Yes I was the furniture whisperer… Funny thing is I was told to drop it off and I thought you knew about it…. I love this t.v. It sat in my grandparents living room for years. I used to play with it as a kid….AHHHH Memories….. Yes I can not wait to see what you do with it!!! Love ya!!

  • Austin

    i own 5 tv consoles from the 50s all didnt work but the cabinets were in awesome shape, so had each of them appraised. each appraised for $100 not working, $450 if i got them fixed. i went to a antique tv repair man to see how much it would cost to get them fixed, $800 EACH! i said hell no i got a better idea. i gutted each tv carefully, i then went to goodwill and bought 5 old 21″ crt tv’s from the 90’s and set them behind the tv molding. set the tv to black and white and you now have a tv that looks like the real deal but has new insides. i sold the old insides to the old tv repair man and some on ebay and made $500, i bought all 5 consoles for $150. i have a tv in every bedroom in the house and my living room. i love the way they look i get compliments from anyone who visits my home.

    • Kenz

      That’s super rad Austin! You’ll have to send some pictures!