DIY Charging Station from Thrifted Box

Call me quirky, but I find it a thousand times more fun to make my own decor rather than to go out and buy it. Two reasons (1) it’s kinda like therapy (2) ain’t nobody gonna have one like it – tee hee. When I spied this little box at the thrift store, I saw the potential had to became a DIY charging station. Stay with me now.

Thrifted Wood Box Before Makeover |

It’s nothing more than a pine box, but there is potential right there. The features that I like: the size, the drawer, and the overall design with open top. The box was missing some wooden plugs and the finish was worn – no problem.

Thrifted Box Side by Prodigal Pieces |

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I replaced the missing plugs with some from my stash and stained them to match. Next, I decided to remove the finish to get an even surface, which is easy to do with the right stuff. I like to use CitriStrip for a less harsh method. Just brush it on, leave rest for an hour or so (sometimes overnight if you really have a stubborn piece), then scrape off.

Stripping Thrifted Box with CitriStrip |

In reality I could have skipped the stripping, but in order to get the look I was after I wanted to remove that slick finish. The next step was to use petroleum jelly to create spots I wanted to resist paint. You can see how I’ve used it in past posts on furniture and the like HERE.

Distress with Petroleum Jelly by Prodigal Pieces |

Just wipe it on the places you want the raw wood to show through, but keep it to a minimum and where natural wear would occur.

Time to paint! I wanted a fun color that gave a vintage vibe, so I used this Jack Fruit and my Square Brush like I did on my chest of drawers to give it some yellowy goodness. While painting, you will see the petroleum jelly resisting the paint. Just keep going and even give it a second coat when dry.

Painting Thrifted Box Charging Station |

For a bit of whimsy, I wanted to add some typography. If you know me, I am slightly addicted to typography and will add it whenever possible. You can see all my projects using it in this collection. This truly is easy. Just create your design in a software program like Word or Photoshop or use a ready made one. Then apply using my transfer method, and paint it on.

Making Transfer for DIY Charging Station by Prodigal Pieces |

Once all is dry, use a bit of sandpaper to distress those parts you used petroleum jelly on and you’re done!

Vintage Styled Spice Box Charging Station with DIY by Prodigal Pieces |

I just love it! It has that 50’s vibe I was after and the best part is how it can be used. You can most certainly use it for most anything, but check this out.

Thrifted Box with Vintage Typography as DIY Charging Station. Get the tutorial at Prodigal Pieces |

It’s a DIY charging station! The top can hold perfect for a tablet and a few phones. Also, the open back makes it easy for cords to be connected. If no open back, just drill a hole. Even the drawer can be used to hide the cords. Isn’t that fun?

Power Cord Drawer in Charging Station by Prodigal Pieces |

No one would ever know you have devices and you can have your vintage farmhouse kitchen too. Win-win!

Farmhouse Style DIY Charging Station Using a Thrifted Box. Tutorial available at Prodigal Pieces |

I’ve made several of these over the years for my shop and they never last long. You can see my repurposed bread box one in this past post. Absolutely fun to do and use.

If you’re loving this newest creation, you can purchase it from my online shop. (SOLD)

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Do pin and share this fun tutorial how to make your own DIY charging station. It really is my goal to inspire others to make their house their home and give DIY a try. Thanks!

So cool! A thrifted box can be so much more. Turn it into a DIY charging station. Larissa of Prodigal Pieces shows you how. Head to

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  • Kimberly

    Hi Larissa, I love seeing how utilitarian objects can be made to fit in with your decor style. Would you consider doing a post (or part of a post) that shows the best method for caring for your Zibra brushes?
    Thanks for all you do!

    November 2, 2017 at 9:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hi Kimberly! I wash immediately in warm water and occasionally use soap. If build up occurs, soak in hot vinegar for at least an hour or overnight. Hope that helps!

      November 2, 2017 at 11:36 am Reply
  • Kristen

    I’m trying to paint a bookcase that has wood slats for the shelves. The slats are between 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch apart. Do you have a recommendation on a brush that would work?

    November 2, 2017 at 11:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hi Kristen. 🙂 Would you mind emailing me a pic? larissa at prodigalpieces dot com. Thanks!

      November 2, 2017 at 11:34 am Reply
      • Kristen

        Thank you. I sent an email this afternoon.

        November 3, 2017 at 2:05 pm Reply
  • Mary

    That is so clever Larissa. I am always loosing the cord now this is a great way to keep it in one spot.

    November 2, 2017 at 11:44 am Reply
  • Robyn Wright

    I want one!

    November 2, 2017 at 1:10 pm Reply
  • Bonnie

    Another great redo and love that color yellow!

    November 2, 2017 at 8:07 pm Reply
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