Is your counter cluttered with phone and laptop charging cords?? This has always been something that drives me crazy; you see, I am very particular about things being in their place and being de-cluttered that even the 2 cords on my counter below drives me crazy!!
A friend recently asked if I had any suggestions for DIY charging stations for this, and it got me thinking, because this was an area I have been wanting to fix in my own house for quite some time! I had previously found a solution for my DVD player and cords for the TV that has worked out great, so I decided to try the same thing for my laptop cords and phone chargers. I challenged myself to use only what we already had on hand and my goal was to make it functional and pretty 🙂
Materials used for DIY charging station: (Amazon Affiliate links are provided in this post. I receive commission on the sale of the products, but this does not result in additional charges to you or cost you anything extra. For more information, see my full disclosure here.)
- an old box
- paint (I used leftover paint from our pantry door)
- painter’s tape
- grommets like these. I ended up using 4. You will also use the template that comes with these!
- X-ACTO Craft Knife
I had an old white VHS storage box with a lid that I found at Goodwill a few months ago for $1. I use boxes like this all over our house, and currently this one was not being used. If you don’t have a box like this at home, do you have an empty shoe box? That would work too!! Anything that is big enough to hold a multiple power outlet strip. I used an old basic surge protector in mine.
As far as making it pretty, there are numerous things you can do. You can cover it with a cute wrapping paper to match your decor or you can paint it (with a brush or spray paint). I chose to paint mine the same color as our pantry door (Sherwin William’s Copen Blue mixed in Valspar Signature). I decided to do stripes on the top, so I taped them off with painter’s tape and got to painting!
If you aren’t sure if the painter’s tape will come off easily, I would test a small area before you go to the trouble of tapping it all off, painting it, then rippping off half the box as you remove the tape. I painted 2 coats of the light turquoise on the box and lid. I painted right over the metal label that is on one side.
Once dry, I removed the painters tap and pulled out the leftover grommets from this project.
I used the template that came with the grommets to mark off where I wanted the holes to go. The step by step grommet instructions are here. I did 1 hole in the back- this is where the surge protector cord will come out and attach to the wall outlet. I did 4 evenly spaced out holes in the front.
I chose the grommets because I knew they would help give it a more clean look and help reinforce the cut out circles. I installed the grommets exactly like I did with my curtains. It took much more effort to get them to snap on since it was thick cardboard instead of fabric this time! A hammer comes in handy for this part 🙂
After these were snapped in, the charging station was ready to be tested out!
Now, you probably notice the back cut out below doesn’t have the grommet like the previous picture does….
Well, before you hook the grommet in, double check to make sure your outlet plug will fit through the opening! Mine, of course, would not, so I just pulled the grommet out. It’s at the back, so no one will see it anyways. I tried to clean the cut edge so it doesn’t look too bad. There are larger grommets you can get if it bothers you!
The box perfectly holds the surge protector, our laptop charger cords, my cell phone charger, and my husband’s cell phone charger. I wrap the individual cords up with tape to keep them from getting into a tangled mess(washi tape would be perfect for this!). If our phones are charging, we normally sit them on top of the box; however, there is easily plenty of space for them to go into the box while charging. My Nook was charging inside the box in the picture below!
Thanks for reading!:-)