Cable Wrangler

July 17th

Hiding cables

 

There is something about a pile of cables that drive me nuts. I really didn’t like the way this corner of my home looked. There was a power strip underneath this piece of furniture and a dozen different cords running amok.

 

 

 

Hiding cables

 

Gah. See the edge of the power strip in the center? If you sat on the couch, you could see the tangle of nonsense.

 

 

Hiding cables

 

In December, I found this wood carrier at Goodwill for $3. I wasn’t sure how I was going to use it, but I thought with a bit of an update,it could be placed restroom to hold rolled washcloths or other necessities. In six months, that plan hadn’t happened. I found it the other day in a closet and was newly inspired.

Hiding cables

 

With a bit of leftover house paint and some paper market sacks, I got to work on my idea. The first phase involved several coats of paint to cover that lovely basket design, and other wear and tear.

 

Hiding cables

 

And then a bit of glam. I love gold accents.

 

Hiding cables

 

I then asked for help to drill a large hole in one end. And got back to work with the paint touch ups.

Hiding cables

Hiding cables

Hiding cables

 

A girlfriend gave me these for Christmas. They came in very handy; I stuck them to the back of the side table to wrangle a few of the larger cords, including the power strip.

Hiding cables

 

I then ran the router and wireless thingy’s cords through the hole and placed them in the newly painted box. With a few zip ties — cords wrangled.

Hiding cables

 

To me — this is a big difference. It is easier to clean around (I can lift the container to sweep and mop, rather than trying to deal with a tangle of technology), and there aren’t a dozen cords beneath the side table to collect dust.

Cords done wrangled.

Also: three cheers for using what you already have!

~K

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3 Responses

  1. Love this! I’ve got a corner like that. And probably something around here I can repurpose that way. Great idea!

  2. That looks like a really hard place to “hide”. The little container looks like a good solution.

  3. Great idea, Kelli! You’re amazing. As usual. 🙂