I'm still out gallivanting around so I have another guest for you today. Jean from Backyard Bungalow. Jean lives in historic Butte, Montana in a Craftsman home built in 1920. Her blog is all about my adventures (and sometimes misadventures) in updating and decorating her house with antiques and vintage goods she finds at garage sales, thrift stores, estate sales or wherever cool things from the past are waiting to be discovered.
She is also the proud new owner of a real life store! And she agreed to fill in for me in her spare time - which I don't imagine she has much of while keeping that shop full of goodies.
Take it away Jean!
I find there are two kinds of people in the world when it comes to their everyday stuff. Everything out or everything in. I’m an everything "in" kinda person. Meaning, I like my stuff hidden or out of the way so everything the eye sees is clean and purposeful. Don’t get me wrong, I like my tschotskes and knick knacks, but to me those have a visual purpose. Anything without visual purpose has to be hidden away…eventually. Here’s my solution to my electronic clutter. What I call a charging station.
I took an old metal breadbox and spray painted it with Kilz primer first, waited for it to dry and then sprayed it with my favorite Rustoleum color Heirloom white. Unfortunately, I don’t have any pics of the painting. But I’m sure you can all visualize a sweats-wearing, ponytailed woman crouching in her basement asphyxiating her husband and two cats with spray paint.
Next I drilled a hole in the back of the bread box with a 1 ½ “ drill bit. I learned something along the way here….put a 2 x 4 behind your project so your drill doesn’t tear through the flimsy metal breadbox. And go SLOW! I didn’t do that the first time and ended up with a jaggedy-edged, un-circular hole in the back of my bread box. This one was for me, so I didn’t mind, but in the future for the ones I intend to sell, I will definitely be doing it the “right” way! I also found a grinding point set made by Craftsman that will grind and debur steel, aluminum and other metals. It's the perfect finishing touch for smoothing out the edges on the hole.
Finally, I took an 6-outlet power strip and put it inside the breadbox and threaded the plug through the hole I created in the back. My next step was building a shelf. Some breadboxes will already have a shelf and that will save you this step, but you will probably have to cut a second hole. One hole above and one hole below the shelf for the plug. Kapish? I just took scraps of wood and glued them together INSIDE the box. There was no way to get the shelf inside the box had I created it outside. I think glue will be sufficient to hold it together since it’s not going to see a lot of wear and tear.
When I was done, I stenciled the outside with one of my favorite Maison de Stencils French Stencils. I had a hard time getting the stencil to lay flat on this rounded and weird surface, so it didn’t come out perfect, but I’m perfectly happy with imperfection!
Me too Jean!
Thanks for helping a girl out while she's on the road. I hope you guys will take a minute and click on over to the Backyard Bungalow. She's got a lot of candy for the eye.
Make something wonderful today!