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

About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"
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8 Responses to Recycling TV to Cat Condo – Jesse’s New Digs!

  1. shadowmoss says:

    That is way cool. My two would enjoy something like that, so I’ll keep an eye out for something that can be re purposed. Best of luck with the new job.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Thanks for the kind words. It’s fun to do something creative and re-use something that would have been discarded. The top of the TV has some defects in the laminate but I figured a family picture or a couple antiques would hide the imperfections. Take care!

  2. Bethers says:

    That is so cute! I hope he likes it.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Thanks! I put some fresh catnip in there and he’s already starting to play in there. If I was small enough, it would be tempting to crawl in there for a nap. 🙂

  3. Oh, I want to be a cat in your house too!

  4. Jo says:

    How cool is that. How could Jesse not love it, cats love to hide out. Very creative. Good luck on the new job

    • VanTrekker says:

      He’s been using it regularly. There might also be a new addition to the family. My new boss has rescue kitties and wants me to take one in. I’m on the fence right now… Here’s a picture of Jesse in the new house… Cat Bed Thanks for the note! 🙂