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The Tele-quarium…Telly Out!


Last week, it was major crunch time for us to get our antique tv ready for our presentation at the Writers House on Wednesday!

Held back by…a ridiculously difficult to remove monitor! Jenny spent a frustrating day getting it out:















Just needed a little more painting around the black frame still marked by primer and a plastic fish tank!


Night Time Porch Painting…


…all the rage with the kids these days!

Time to get our antique tv a new paint job.

First, a trip to Lowe’s to grab some paint supplies:


Paint Primer

For a sponge effect with the second color

The paints: Sea Isle and French Riviera. Think we got the water tones nailed down.

Painting wood like this requires a base layer of primer. I used some white spray-on primer that’s good for all surfaces. Here’s the before and after:


After: Ghostly White!

Then, I painted on two layers of “Sea Isle” and sponged on “French Riviera”. Better pics in the day time coming up soon!

At least one of us looks presentable...


After 2 coats...


Age of Aquarium


What We Were Working With:

The television is actually detachable (not easily, but we’ll make it happen) and is surrounded by a great case made of smooth, unmarked wood!

The Ideas:

Jenny: Aquarium! Aquarium! Aquarium! Let’s turn the monitor into the front of a fish tank!!!

Tim: I don’t wanna mess with the residue from all that electrical stuff back there…

The innards

Jenny: Uhhh, okay, that sounds good.

(Side note: Apparently, cathode rays…which are installed in all types of monitors of this sort…can EXPLODE if removed improperly)

Tim: How about a desk? We can cut out this bottom piece and turn these into faux drawers.


What We’re Doing With It:


But instead of using the monitor, we’ll be building our own plastic tank, made possible thanks to Tim’s nifty plastic bonding super powers. I’ll be painting the exterior some ocean blue colors, and my wonderful friends Chandler Klein and Gary Kafer will be illustrating a sea-scape around the tank!