Hey there! I have a fun/functional project I thought you might enjoy. Create a charging station in a cabinet to hide all of those unsightly cords!
I don’t know about you, but we seem to have way too many electronic devices that end up in random places throughout our house. My kids were always searching for their Kindle or the school-provided Chromebook, usually as we were trying to run out the door in the morning and catch the bus. I was tired of it!
I am not a fan of letting them have screens in their room. So, I knew I had to have a plan that kept their devices in one location, out of their rooms, and hidden from view. I also knew I didn’t want all of the cords in plain sight.
I had my kids help me paint an old cabinet that no longer matched my decor. My husband cut a hole in the back just large enough to allow the cord of a power strip to fit through.
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To paint the doors, we used Annie Sloan chalk paint in Coco. Click here to see a small pot of this color. The body of the piece was painted in Amy Howard One Step Paint (chalk paint) in Bauhaus Buff. You can see the white paint option by clicking here. Both of these chalk paint brands are top notch. I have used a lot of the colors and they are so easy and forgiving to work with.
I sanded the doors and body slightly between coats, then wiped with dry cloth prior to painting the next coat to get rid of any dust from sanding. The doors required two light coats and the body needed three. I find with anything white, it typically needs three coats for good coverage with the chalk paint.
After I finished with the painting, I sanded (fine grit sand paper, nothing too abrasive) some of the edges to give it a distressed look. I knew this cabinet would be taking a beating with the kids using it to charge their devices, so distressing it was bound to happen at some point. It just made me feel better having some control over it;)
The next step was to seal it. I used Amy Howard clear wax on the entire piece, following the directions on the can. On the doors, I used a very light coat of dark wax. You can find the dark wax by clicking here. It was a little darker than I was hoping for, so after it dried, I went back and dry brushed just a hint of white onto the doors to lighten it up a bit. After that, I applied another coat of clear wax to just the doors.
Charging Cabinet Before and After:
What do you think?
The kids did a great job! I love letting them help with things they will be using. They appreciate the details so much more and I think they were proud of their work. Now, we can keep their chrome books and Kindles where I can’t see them! At least as long as the kids put their things where they belong!
The cabinet is in our living room, so it’s convenient for them to grab their Chromebook for homework. Plus the charging station is in an area where my husband and I can keep an eye on what they are viewing on the internet. It’s been a win for all of us.
Do you have a charging station in your home? I’d love to hear what works for your family. Leave me a comment below.