A while back I did a small, simple project that has continued to bring me nothing but pleasure ever since. I got rid of the unsightly clutter of devices and cords that made-up the charging station in our kitchen. Can you relate? Okay, I couldn’t completely get rid of it or my family might kick me to the curb – they really like their devices. But, the clutter of it that gave me hives every time I looked at it has been replaced by something that actually looks nice. And it took me about 2 hours to complete.
I started with a simple Lipper International 8847 Bamboo Bread Box with Tempered Glass Window, Tan, purchased from Amazon, General Finishes QSW Milk Paint, 1 quart, Snow White & General Finishes QTHS High Performance Water Based Topcoat, 1 quart, Satin (leftover from kitchen cabinet renovation), a can of Rust-Oleum 257465 11-Ounce Specialty Spray, Sea Frosted Glass, and a bottle of DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Black. The first step was to drill a small hole in the back of the box, using a spade bit or hole bit, depending on how big you need for your plugs. I used a medium spade bit, borrowed from the hubby’s garage, that went through the bamboo like butter.
After a very quick, light sanding, I painted the entire outside of the box with two coats of the white paint, allowing each coat to dry for at least one hour. I kept the button knob the box came with, painting it white to match. But, this is an area where you can be creative; match the knob to your kitchen, if that’s where the box will live, or add something fun to match your style.
My box had a glass window on top, but the whole point of my doing this project was to hide the mess inside. So, I chose to frost the glass by taping off the panel on the inside, then spray painting it with Rust-Oleum 257465 11-Ounce Specialty Spray, Sea Frosted Glass. This stuff is awesome!! My hubby already had it on-hand after using it to frost the small windows in the garage door. Just a light spray does the job. But, you can put on as many layers as you’d like to get the frost you like. TIP: Make sure you spray a light coating each time and give it some dry time in between coats. Like most spray paints, if you over-spray, it will drip.
Because the frost was only on the inside of the glass panel, I didn’t even have to wait to move on to the next step. I simply closed the box and started on my exterior glass paint. Kevin typically likes to have the charging station in or near the kitchen – a request that usually makes me want to cry. In this case, it led me to keep the integrity of the “Bread Box” in tact by painting the word “BREAD” on the glass panel. You can choose any word that works for you, and you can paint this freehand, with a stencil, or even choose a rub-on. I decided to copy it with a little help from my printer. Here’s what I did: I went into Microsoft Word, chose a font I liked, typed the word in the size I wanted, and printed it out. Using a sharp pencil, I outlined the letters hard on the reverse side of my printout. You want to really push hard and get plenty of graphite on that outline so that when you set it in-place on the glass panel and outline it again from the front side, the outline transfers lightly to the glass. Once you have the outline, all you have to do is paint between the lines with the DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Black and a small brush.
I went pretty conservative with the back and white paint because the box was to be in my kitchen. But feel free to be creative with your colors and artwork; anything goes!
Finally, I covered the outside of the box with two coats of General Finishes QTHS High Performance Water Based Topcoat, 1 quart, Satin, allowing an hour of dry-time between coats. I placed the LUCOG Universal Multi-Port USB Charging Station, 24W /6.8A/5V Detachable 4-Port USB Charging Dock,Multiple USB Charger Station for Smartphones, Tablets & Other Gadgets (4 PORT) inside the box, ran all of the necessary plugs and cords, and it was ready. Everything fits inside the box, keeping every cell phone, e-reader, tablet, charger and cord organized and out of sight. This makes me very happy!
Blessings and Thanks for Reading,
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