Thursday, November 29, 2012

Coffee Cup Entertainment

Last January, I shared one of my Coffee Cup projects with you.  I found a vintage, non-working radio in Williamsburg, VA that I eventually gutted and refinished.  My plan was to repurpose it in The Cup for playing tunes from my iPod.  If you'd like to go back to that post, you can read about The Retro Radio Project HERE.  

When Tony and I were discussing the design and purpose of the tall floor-to-ceiling cabinet, I requested that he open up a portion of that cabinet so my retro radio would slide right in.  On my to-do list last week was to wiggle it in.  I say "wiggle", because it's a very snug fit!

Inside the opening is an outlet so I can plug the speaker in.  It's in the back corner, mounted up high, so it's not visible.  I'll just reach around behind the radio and put the iPod and speaker inside of it, so it will appear and sound like the music is actually coming from the radio. 

If you look closely on the right side of the cabinet, you'll see something metal mounted to the outside wall.  That mount will hold a small flat-screen TV that will tuck neatly against the wall and will swivel out when in use.  I don't get all crazy about watching TV when I camp, but I do like to see news, get weather reports, or watch something if the weather is bad.

Once again, this was an item on my wish list and Tony did a great job of positioning it perfectly for me.  The swivel arm will allow me to watch it in bed or while sitting at the dinette.  Just below the TV is an electrical and cable outlet.  The TV slides off the mount so I can put it in the car while traveling.  And I love the fact that you really don't know it's there unless you peek around the corner of the cabinet.

I gave my Coffee Cup entertainment a lot of thought and I love the way it turned out!  Now if camping season will hurry up and get here!

Have a good weekend everyone and remember...

"Camping and Coffee . . . Life Is Good!"


  1. Hi there!
    I've been reading about your adorable little coffee cup after researching info on ynot camper restoration. I've emailed back and forth with Tony today and was wondering if you could tell me about your experience (from the looks of coffee cup - it seems great!)

    Please email me if you can at so we can chat!

  2. Hi - That is exactly what I want to do in my 1961 fan - the small swivel TV mount. my layout is very similar to yours. Can you tell me where you got that piece of hardware?


    1. Maureen...I got that mount from Tony at YNOT Camper Restorations, but you can find them at places like Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Amazon, etc. They are universal in terms of mounting the TV to it (four small holes), but you need to look for one that will swivel out when mounted to the wall. Another feature that is nice is to be able to tilt it up or down. The arm of mine easily slides out of the wall mount for traveling.

      This isn't my particular model, but it's the kind you want to look for...

      I hope this helps! Merry Christmas. Sharon in NC

    2. Thanks Sharon - helps a lot - Merry Christmas to you also.