I am sure that most of you are like me in the fact that you have various cords and chargers around your house for your cell phones, ipads, kindles, camera battery, etc. Lovely cords everywhere! Sitting on our counters or nightstand and hanging out on the end table by the couch. They add so much to the decor, right? (*sarcasm.) Our “spot” for charging has always been a corner in our kitchen. It keeps the devices handy and yet out of reach from little hands. But it isn’t the most attractive.
Two things really stand out to me in this picture. One, man do we need a backsplash! I’d love to put in a pretty tile backsplace….and paint the cabinets….and add hardware….but ya know, $$$. Second thing is that ugly tangle of electronics! No one wants to be looking at that mess all day! Our solution: A DIY Charging Station from an old breadbox!
A few years ago I picked up an old breadbox for a couple of dollars at a yard sale. It has been sitting in our garage (aka: my husband’s workshop) as a place to store his rags. I could have sworn I took before pictures but now I can’t find them anywhere! So just picture a worn, unpainted breadbox full of greasy rags. Got that image in your head? Good.
Our first step was to sand the down the breadbox really well and add in a shelf. Then my husband cut a hole in the back of the box to allow for a power strip. The power strip is simply attached with some hot glue.
A coat of white paint and a new handle really freshen up the whole piece and make it beautiful and functional! It is the perfect place to store all our electronics when we aren’t using them, for me to charge my camera battery, and it hides all the mess.
I love projects like this that only take a couple of hours on a weekend, are easy on the budget, and yet really make my home a better place to be. I think this could easily be replicated in lots of different ways as well! It doesn’t have to be a breadbox. If you have any sort of pretty container that you can cut a small hole in the back for a power strip than you can create your own diy charging station. Be creative and think outside the (bread)box!