Recycling TV to Cat Condo – Jesse’s New Digs!

Jesse Bed 1b

Jesse’s new cat condo, formerly a mid 1980s RCA color TV

Hello and welcome to the blog today!  Oh, how I miss the lovely wooden cabinets that TVs were built into back when I was a youngster.  Sure, today’s flat panel TVs have higher resolution and are much larger yet thinner thanks to LCDs  (a 40 inch CRT would be very deep!) but they lack the warmth that the old models possessed.

Recently I saw some pictures online where people had recycled old television sets and turned them into pet beds.  Oh, how I wanted to do one for Jesse!  When a friend recently offered the cabinet from a long dead television, I was delighted.

What you see was accomplished in just a few hours.  Once the CRT and wires are removed, it’s just a matter of cleaning the cabinet, painting it, and decorating.  I did cut a new back panel that was thick enough to allow for pictures to be hung if desired.

Jesse Bed 2

Jesse’s got two mini jello molds… I have 29 larger ones on the kitchen wall at home!

The butterflies and two birds were obtained at Dollar Tree.  The stick (to which the birds are impaled and glued) came from a bush outside the front door of the home base.  The birds and butterflies were hot glued to the “wall”, as were the fish “frame” and the mini Jello molds.  The plaid pet bed cushion was on sale for $6.99 at a farm store; the throw pillows were a Goodwill find.  Altogether, the whole “cat house” cost about $35.

Jesse has not had a chance to occupy the bed yet because the paint is curing overnight.  Eventually, I’ll add some beanie babies, catnip toys, a light, and a small radio (he loves jazz music!) etc. with the intention of getting him to occupy the little kitty condo occasionally.  In any case, this fun little project helped pass the day as good things are ahead!

Tomorrow is the training / orientation for the new job.  I’m going to be working very close to home doing something enjoyable… and for more money per hour, too.  It fits with the camping lifestyle.  More about that later.

For now it’s time to finish up the post and get the converted TV in the house before the rain hits.  Thanks for visiting and have a great rest of the summer!

Bradford and Jesse James
Jones County, Iowa