Charging Station

In my house, we charge all of the devises between the couches. The chords are unsightly! So I had to do something about it. Here I make a charging station that fits in with my decor!


  1. Buy a box with  lid that will close and stay closed when sat upright. I found a bread box at target with a magnetic lid.







Make sure to try out your box to ensure that it works. Leave open on a flat surface. If you return and find a cat in it, then it’s a good box.








2. Measure the box. The lid will be the front. Choose which way you want the door to open and mark the top and bottom (short ends).








3. Measure the plug.








4. On the center of the bottom mark a spot to drill the hole for the chord. I have an 1 1/4-inch long-edge of my plug, so the hole was 1 1/2-inch.







5. Mark four evenly spaced (or however many chords can charge at once) ticks on the front lid.






6. On the back of the box (opposite side of the door), mark two evenly spaced spots along the center. This is to affix the box to the wall.





7. DRILL HOLES! Or have your husband do it. It’s his tools, so I just give good instructions. Let’s be clear, I know how to use all of his tools, and am perfectly capable of using power tools. However, I stick to my tools and he sticks to his. . . .and the ones he has absorbed from me.







8. Use screws to affix the box to the wall. Use a level to ensure the box is not uneven.






The finished product in use. Note that our chord has a hub that is plugged into it. There are two standard ports and two USB ports.

Spicing Up Our Pillows

Our couch is old, it has old pillows. But until we buy a house we’re not going to replace it. While looking through the remnant section of Jo Anns, I found some upholstery fabric that i liked! And I decided that this is the time to spice up our old couch. I made two pillow covers out of the fabric.

First I measured the pillow, they are about 18 by 18, so i cut one 20×20 square, then two 20 x 15 rectangles.


For the two rectangles, I did a double fold under for the hem on one 20-inch edge. I then overlapped those edges and put them right side in against the 20-inch square.


I was able to sew one continuous seam around the outside edge of the square. Then I snipped the corners flat and flipped it right side out using the overlapped fabric gap.


Finally I put the old pillows into the new cases and they look so good! It definitely brightens up the room. I don’t care that they do not match my couch mainly because nothing in my living room matches and secondly because nothing could match these old couches at this point.


Revamp a Stool

A friend gave me a table with two stools or smaller tables (we aren’t really sure the intent) last year after they moved.  We revamped the table in the fall to go in our back room and act as an inside plant incubator for 3-4 potted plants through the winter.  The process was the same.

Remove seat. Sand off rust. Wash the metal. Spray paint top and bottom! (Obviously let dry in between).  Pails in the pic below keep the wind from blowing the plastic onto the paint as it dries.

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Add topper with a few screws. The topper was made back in the fall when we fixed up the table. First it was cut to size, sanded, then finished with outside poly/stain.

The main reason for this project was to have a small table by the window for the inside plants after we rearranged the room.  Otherwise we would have left the stool outside to act as a plant holder. Our outside plant holders keep the plants at a dog pee-free height. Since the stain and spray paint are weather proof the stool may be put back outside in warm weather. However our bamboo and aloe stay inside.; aloe does better indoors for me and bamboo is an invasive species in this area.