Bigger Than a Breadbox: Create a unique charging station

 

I find there are two kinds of people in the world when it comes to their everyday stuff.  Everything out or everything in.  I’m an everything “in” kinda person.  Meaning, I like my stuff hidden or out of the way so everything the eye sees is clean and purposeful.  Don’t get me wrong, I like my tschotskes and knick knacks, but to me those have a visual purpose.  Anything without visual purpose has to be hidden away…eventually.  Here’s my solution to my electronic clutter.  What I call a charging station.

I took an old metal breadbox and spray painted it with Kilz primer first, waited for it to dry and then sprayed it with my favorite Rustoleum color Heirloom white.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any pics of the painting.  But I’m sure you can all visualize a sweats-wearing, ponytailed woman crouching in her basement asphyxiating her husband and two cats with spray paint.

Next I drilled a hole in the back of the bread box with a 1 ½ “ drill bit.  I learned something along the way here….put a 2 x 4 behind your project so your drill doesn’t tear through the flimsy metal breadbox.  And go SLOW!  I didn’t do that the first time and ended up with a jaggedy-edged, un-circular hole in the back of my bread box.  This one was for me, so I didn’t mind, but in the future for the ones I intend to sell, I will definitely be doing it the “right” way!  I also found a grinding point set made by Craftsman that will grind and debur steel, aluminum and other metals.  It’s the perfect finishing touch for smoothing out the edges on the hole.

Next, I took an 6-outlet power strip and put it inside the breadbox and threaded the plug through the hole I created in the back.    My next step was building a shelf.  Some breadboxes will already have a shelf and that will save you this step, but you will probably have to cut a second hole.  One hole above and one hole below the shelf for the plug.  Kapish?  I just took scraps of wood and glued them together INSIDE the box.  There was no way to get the shelf inside the box had I created it outside.  I think glue will be sufficient to hold it together since it’s not going to see a lot of wear and tear.

 

Inside shelf

 

Charging station with iPod dock

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I took this picture AFTER I had made the “charging station”, so you’re going to have to imagine this clutter with all the cords hanging off the end of each device, but you can see that The Box is much nicer to look at!

 

Electronics mess

 

When I was done, I stenciled the outside with one of my favorite Maison de Stencils French Stencils.  I had a hard time getting the stencil to lay flat on this rounded and weird surface, so it didn’t come out perfect, but I’m perfectly happy with imperfection!

 

I want to give a HUGE shout out to Kristi at Addicted2Decorating for helping me design my blog.  I have been wanting to start a blog for some time now, but just didn’t want to sit down long enough to design the bugger.  When I saw that Kristi was offering her services, I jumped at the chance!  She did a great job and it was so nice meeting her on the phone.  If you haven’t checked out her site, yet, DO.  You will love her and her creativity!

Bye from the Bungalow,

Jean

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Comments

  1. Well, it’s about time! Welcome to the insanely addictive world of blogging! Great to have you swimming with us.

  2. Jean,
    Love this idea – I too love to hide as much clutter as possible. Leaves me more room for my collections!!

    So glad you joined our Cinch party!

    Are you planning on adding Linky or RSS as a following option? They are a cinch to install and it’s how I follow most blogs. Thanks!
    Kelly

    • Thanks for having me! And yes, that is a big part of the reason I hide clutter…more room for “cool” clutter!

    • Thanks for having me! I missed the commend about the RSS and Linky as an option. I thought I had the RSS thingy on my site at the top in-between the Facebook “F” and the email envelope. Kristi from Addicted2Decorating set my blog up, so I’m not too skilled at all of this, yet. Can you explain how to add them?

  3. What an awesome idea! Thanks so much for the tutorial! I need to use this idea for side table. Love the stencil.

    Thanks for linking to the party.

    blessings,
    karianne

  4. This is a great idea!! I need to do this, thanks for sharing!!

  5. This is such a great idea! All the wires and devices on my kitchen counter drives me mad!

    Thanks so much for linking it up at our “It’s a Cinch” party!

    :)

    Linda
    http://www.itallstartedwithpaint.com

  6. Pinned this!!
    Kelly

  7. Now THAT is smart…and pretty! Thanks for linking this up too!! Karah

  8. I completely love this! I’m definitely doing this. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again tomorrow. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    • Thanks Kathy! I sold all of them this weekend at the vintage market! Woohoo! Time to make more! Thanks for coming by!

  9. Daayamm girl, how did I miss this? Totally awesome charging station. Thanks for linking it up. Gonna pin it too when I get to the big girl computer.

    Bliss

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