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Friday, July 24, 2015

DIY Charging Station Cupboard


I have had this unusual little cupboard/side table/shelf thingy for a while now. 

It has had many makeovers, but none that I have been really happy with, until now.

 A short while ago I painted it all white and it has been used to hold all
the kids paper and drawings in the sun room.

At the same time, I have been wanting a dedicated place to charge the
kids iPads and my laptop.

I knew his piece of furniture would be ideal.

Firstly I found a main power board and drilled a hole in the back of
the shelves down the bottom so the cord would fit through. 


Then I drilled smaller holes on each shelf for each charging
 cord to go through. (Pic below)

This worked well for a few weeks, but it always looked messy.

So I decided to add a door! 

I found this sign in my stash that was the perfect size.
Bonus!

I had these really old door hinges in my stash too and they
were perfect for hanging the door.

I love that they are rusted and chippy. I also love that they were
a bit big so they sit out a bit, and so does the door.
No cords can get jammed.

I also decided to add a handle to the door.

I also had this in my stash and it was a perfect match.

So inside on each shelf are the iPads and my laptop. 
On the bottom shelf is the power board where all the appliances 
are plugged in, then the cords all run out the back large hole 
and up in the corresponding smaller holes on each shelf. 
I used a 3M phone cord clip inside each shelf to keep the cords in place.

I added a wooden tray on the top shelf (again from my stash)
 to hold the kids headphones.

These are the holes I drilled in the back, nicely
hidden against the wall. 

And the main power cord just runs around the corner
into the powerpoint.  It could use some 3M cords clips too.

I'm really happy with this project.  I didn't have to spend any
money, it's pretty and functional. 

And most importantly, it is getting lots of use!

:) Julie


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6 comments:

  1. What a great idea and it looks fabulous!

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  2. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.
    Trina @
    Walking My Own Path

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  3. Looks great. What a wonderful idea. Very DIY of you!!! You go girl this is fabulous.
    Kris

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  4. Terrific idea. Our phones seem to fight for space. I like the idea of different levels.

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  5. I think every home needs one of these cupboards Julie and yours is adorable. I especially love that you were able to raid your stash and use what you had on hand. Thank you so much for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday. I'm delighted to be featuring this project at tomorrow's party :)
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comments Kerryanne and I'm flattered to be featured at this weeks party. x J

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