Before & After: Tube TV Armoire Gets a Widescreen Upgrade

published Jan 3, 2013
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Upgrading an old CRT television to a modern flat screen is a costly endeavor in itself, and it gets even more expensive when you consider some of the hidden costs of upgrading. For instance, if your old tube TV fit snug in a TV cabinet, you’ll need to find a new furniture home for the likely larger new screen. Or, you could take a cue from this no-cost DIY project and transform an old TV armoire into something new.

A tube TV cabinet is literally cut down to size and re-fashioned as the perfect furniture anchor for an upgraded widescreen in this project from Reddit user db89, posted to Reddit’s dedicated DIY subreddit.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

After removing the top of the old cabinet, db89 cut down the top “cubby” to form a shelf above the drawers below. After adding a partition (from the scrap material) to the larger space to even everything out, the top of the cabinet was re-attached, turning this tube-TV closet into a sleek TV stand.

It’s the perfect new spot for an upgraded TV, and it was all done while barely spending a dime. This is what DIY projects are all about — making the old look new again, reusing as much as possible, and keeping waste and costs down. To check out more in-process photos of this project, head over to Reddit.

(Images: db89/