Portable Guest "Recharge" Station

A few weeks ago, I (Vicki) noticed a director's chair in my neighbor’s trash pile. An idea popped into my head--I thought I could use it as a stand with a box on top of it to create a portable guest "recharge" station.
The Guest Recharge Station provides a place to store supplies for overnight guests including towels, toiletries, beverages, and charging devices. The box and folding stand stores away between guest visits.
The trash pile we found the director's chair
Gather supplies:
- Director's chair—mine is bar height
- Wood boxes—we used two wood wine crates
- Wood blinds—from Craigslist
- Hardware—the hinges are upcycled from the director’s chair, the handles from an old desk, metal embellishment and coat hooks from the depths of my garage!
We used a variety of paint supplies from Rust-Oleum including Chalked paint in the spray and brush-on versions in Aged Gray and Linen White, metallic paint in copper, 2X Primer in white, and Varathane stain in Bearsmoke.
We also used Dap RapidFuse and wood filler.
Remove the arms and foot rest from the chair, clean with Krud Kutter, fill screw holes with wood filler, sand smooth, paint with Rust-Oleum Chalked Spray Paint in Aged Gray. Clean all the metal parts, prime, and paint with Rust-Oleum Metallic Spray in Copper. Distress the edges of the stand with a high grit (220 or higher) sandpaper.
Filling the old screw holes
Spray base
Deconstruct one of the two wine boxes. The bottom of one, now becomes the top to the other. Sand, prime, and paint with chalked paint.
The underside of the top is painted with chalkboard paint. Once dried, the surface is covered in chalk and then wiped away to prepare it for writing. The top of the lid is painted in the chalked aged gray paint.
The top was distressed with the Varathane stain. A metal embellishment as well as handle was added to the top.
Wood blinds were used on the sides of the wine box to create a crate look and to cover the wine logos. The wood slats were cleaned, one side was sanded and primed and painted with brush-on chalked paint in Linen White.
RapidFuse by Dap was used to attach the slats to the box. This glue is nice to use because it dries very quickly.
Slats are glued and clamped into place and allowed to dry.
The hinges are screwed into place as are the handles and hanging hooks. The metal embellishment is glued into place with JB Weld Clear Epoxy.
Velcro is added to the top of the stand and the bottom of the box to keep the box into place.
Fill the box with whatever your guests need to feel comfortable and special. Be sure to include your WIFI password.
To see how easy this is to store visit our Facebook page for a video!

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