Upcycled Charging Station Bread Box

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If you know me by now, you know I’m a sucker for the wood section of the thrift store. Potential abounds and so do the 80’s heart cut-outs! haha! Last time, I showed you a pile of projects I was attempting to update. Today is all about that bread box. It’s about to become an upcycled charging station. Oh yeah!

Vintage Bread Box Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

To catch you up to speed, here is the pile in question. We have a laundry bin, a side table bin, and a bread bin. Notice the trend here? If you missed what I did with the side table bin, you can see the end result HERE. I’ll be sharing the laundry bin next, but today is all about that bread box.

Vintage Thrift Store Heart Cut-Out Wooden Bins | prodigalpieces.com

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In this past post, I’ve shared what can be done to those heart shapes if you aren’t enchanted with them. However, this time I’m all about embracing the hearts.

This bread box is in fine shape, but a little drab. It could use some whimsy and added function. I’ve created these upcycled charging stations in past posts, so this isn’t new to me. Each one is different. In like fashion, I thought I’d share a new way of recreating a vintage find.

For those of you that enjoy a video of quirky lil’ ol’ me creating, or just plain like to see the step-by-steps in live action, I’ve created a video tutorial below. Otherwise, follow along to create this project yourself.

Just so you know, you need not be limited to using a bread box. Anything that will fit a power strip or your devices works. Also, you can see this spice box I created as an upcycled charging station. Bread boxes work best because they can hold everything inside.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Materials:

Tools:

Step 1

First, I used my drill and forstner bit to make a hole just above the bottom of the inside of the bread box. Make sure you measure and mark so that you don’t drill into the bottom board.

Drilling Hole into Vintage Bread Box | prodigalpieces.com

Step 2

Next, dry fit your power strip inside your box to make sure it fits. For added function, I like to create a resting place for the devices. A simple piece of scrap wood works. Just glue in and tack down with a couple of brads.

Installing Power Strip in DIY Charging Station | prodigalpieces.com

Step 3

At this point, this is where you can have fun with it. For my project, I wanted to create a vintage time-worn look. To do that I applied a crackle medium using my Square Brush and let it cure.

Applying Crackle Medium with Zibra Square Brush | prodigalpieces.com

While the crackle medium is curing, you can work on painting the inside of your box if you prefer. I used a soft pink I linked to above.

Step 4

Now it’s time for our upcycled charging station to get some lovin’ on the outside. You can add all the detail to your heart’s content on this part. I have a passion for vintage typography, as seen in these post posts, so that was my end goal.

I used my Fan Brush to apply a heavy coat of paint. If you’re using the crackle applying one heavy coat of paint is key as opposed to two layers. In addition, to make deeper, more evident crackling, use a hairdryer to set the paint.

Drying Paint on Crackle with Hair Dryer for more dramatic crackling | prodigalpieces.com

Step 5

This next step in our upcycled charging station is completely optional, but totally fun. The typography I chose to use actually came off of a vintage bread box I previously sold in my shop. I took my picture and cropped it so that I had just the text to use. Then, I use my transfer method to complete the rest. I describe it all in my video too.

Using Graphic Transfer Method to Trace Graphic | prodigalpieces.com

Hand-Painting Typography on Upcycled Charging Station Bread Box by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Step 6

Last to do on our upcycled bread box charging station is to add in the power strip. You could use screws to mount it, but I prefer to use hook & loop (aka. Velcro). It makes it easy to remove if need be and a whole lot less fuss to install. For added security, I use my hot glue gun to apply some glue to my already adhesive Velcro. It ensures the Velcro won’t come off when I remove the power strip.

And…we’re done!

How to Turn a Vintage Bread Box into and Upcycled Charging Station with video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Cottage Chic Bread Box DIY Charging Station | Video Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Isn’t it pretty? And, the best part is our devices are tucked away inside keeping our counters clutter free. As a result of the added wood rest, I was able to stick our tablet, and five phones in here with no problem.

Inside DIY Upcycled Charging Station by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Video Tutorial at prodigalpieces.com

Cottage Chic Style Bread Box Turned DIY Charging Station by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Step-by-Step Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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In the end, I did end up using a bit of gray wax and light distressing to give it more time-worn wear effect. I’m delighted with the outcome.

Beautiful Repurposed Vintage Bread Box made into a Charging Station for your Kitchen by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Details at prodigalpieces.com

Likewise, if you’d like to make this upcycled charging station your own, you can find it available in my online shop.

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Absolutely cute cottage style kitchen charging station created from a vintage bread box. DIY by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I invite you to pin and share my upcycled charging station so that you can inspire others to give DIY a try. It makes life fun!

Oh so sweet! This vintage bread box with heart cut-out got a new look and purpose as Larissa of Prodigal Pieces shows us in a step-by-step video tutorial how to make it into an upcycled charging station | Head to prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #home #homedecor #homedecorideas #farmhouse #vintage

Up next, last part of my 80’s heart cut-out project is about to get a new look. Head HERE to see the laundry bin makeover.

Vintage 80's Laundry Bin Before | prodigalpieces.com

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6 Comments

  • Kim

    Another ingenious idea, Larissa! I think the charging stations are a definite must any more! I really hate seeing all the electronics laying around plugged into various outlets! This makes it so much cleaner! Great work!

    December 27, 2018 at 7:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You sound like me. The less mess the better! Thank you, Kim.

      December 27, 2018 at 11:44 am Reply
  • Lindsay Fay

    This is super cute and practical, Larissa! I also wonder if the bread box/charging station could work as a sound amplifier when the top was up, allowing you to more easily listen to music or podcasts or something from your phone as you work in the kitchen. If you try it like that, I’d love to know how it goes!

    December 27, 2018 at 6:57 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! So fun to create. It does make a great amplifier per my previous experience – that is if you leave the lid open. haha.

      December 27, 2018 at 9:41 pm Reply
  • Debbie Roberts

    Your crackling looks so much better than mine! I like your idea for using a hair dryer – will have to try that sometime. Off to find me a breadbox! Loved your project!

    December 28, 2018 at 4:32 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It sure does the trick and not all crackle products are the same. Fun to try! 😀

      December 28, 2018 at 9:46 pm Reply

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