How To Hide Router Cords With A Mid-Century Side Table

5 Materials
1 Hour

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There is nothing more hideous than a huge pile of cords in a beautifully decorated room. You spend all of your time and energy getting the room just right, but you can’t easily control where the outlets are or where your cable plugs in. You’re probably here because you are looking for a simple way to hide your router cords. Because, I mean…just look at this mess.

I needed a solution because I couldn’t have mess in my beautiful new marble & gold themed office. If you are stuck trying to figure out how to hide hideous electrical wires. I have a super simple and adorable DIY solution for how to hide router cords. You’ll never guess what I upcycled from the thrift store to make this mid-century side table. Here it is…

You’re still probably confused, right?! What the heck is that!? 

Well, I had no idea either. I just knew it was the perfect size and even better it had that front panel with holes for ventilation, which is a necessity if you’re going to be creating your own table as a solution to the how to hide router cords dilemma.

Turns out it is a really old school air cleaner. I’m guessing that’s kind of like a modern day air purifier. Regardless of what it was, what is was going to be is even better.

Step 1. Lightly sand.

Since I knew I was going to painting this with spray paint, I gave it a quick and very light sand with a fine 220 grit sandpaper.

Step 2. Tape off and spray paint front.

Next I used painter’s tape to tape off the edges of the front around the panel. I followed up by giving the front panel a few coats of gold spray paint. Remove the tape when finished.

Step 3. Tape off front and spray the rest of the box.

Since my office was marble, white, gold and mint green – I wanted to keep the box with a simple white and gold theme. I chose white spray paint for the main color. We did about 4 coats after covering the front panel with plastic and tape.

Step 4. Add legs.

This is where it really started coming together. I had been itching to do a DIY with hairpin legs because I just LOVE them. I knew they would fit in perfect in my modern office. We added the four hairpin legs on the bottom corners of the table.

Hop on over to the blog post to see how this mid-century side table comes together and provides a solution to my electrical cord eye sore !

Suggested materials:

  • Vintage Air Cleaner  (Thrift Store)
  • Gold & White Spray Paint  (Home Depot)
  • Painter's Tape  (Home Depot)
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