Martha Made it Look So Easy

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  January 8, 2013 — 10 Comments

Recap: I got this desk for $16 at a thrift store and decided to turn it into a bedside table.

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I did away with the duck decals and painted it pale gray.

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Now that we’re all caught up, I was totally inspired by this Martha Stewart how-to to make the top drawer of my new dressing table a convenient spot for charging my cell phone and other devices. She made it sound so easy. Just drill a hole in the back and feed the wires through. Any ol’ housewife can do it. The big thing is that Martha just drilled a hole large enough to poke the small end of a charging cord through. My cell phone charger isn’t long enough to reach all the way through the back of the drawer and to the wall outlet. I decided to use a surge protector to bridge the gap, meaning I needed to drill a hole large enough for the surge protector plug. Oy.

I don’t have a drill bit that big, so I came up with the brilliant idea to drill several small holes and somehow merge them together into one mega-hole.

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It ended up looking like something done by a rodent. And it still wasn’t big enough.

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After more drilling and some chipping away with a screwdriver, bada bing bada bang, charging drawer is a go.

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I’m actually making it sound much easier than it was. It was a major, major pain. And to top it all off, all that drilling made quite a mess. Do you think this is how Martha operates?

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Next, I fed the plug of the power strip through the back of the drawer. It took some finagling, but I figured out how to adjust the cord so that it didn’t jam when the drawer opened and closed.

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All that was left to do then was plug in my essential devices. I may add my blow dryer and (rarely used) flat-iron when I move over all my stuff from the bathroom. Haven’t decided.

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Do you notice the baby monitor charging next to my cell phone? It’s getting a lot more use these days because, drumroll please, Jack is sleeping in his own room at night! We were planning to keep him in a pack n play in our room for the first year because it’s supposed to help prevent SIDS, but when I mentioned his frequent night wakings at his six month checkup his doctor said that being able to see, hear, and smell us was likely making it more difficult for him to sleep at night, especially since he’s breastfed (what can I say, I smell delicious). He has never done well with taking naps in his crib so I braced for the worst, but he went down that first night without a peep and has been sleeping longer and longer stretches between feedings every night. I don’t even mind walking all the way downstairs to feed him when I look at the clock and realize he’s slept half an hour longer than he did the night before. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, people.

Now that the pack n play has been packed away I am getting even more excited about this little mini update to the bedroom. I really didn’t see the point in beautifying a room with such a huge piece of baby gear out and about, so I let things slip a bit. Surfaces got cluttered and the bed went unmade. But now it’s all grown-up furniture and it’s fun to work on a little corner that’s just for me.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


10 responses to Martha Made it Look So Easy

  1. Unrelated to your post, but the more I see the plates, the more I like them on the drawer handles.

    And GO Baby Jack!

  2. I hate to disagree with Brandi, but I don’t think I love the plates. Can you keep the handles and not the plates?

    That solution totally makes sense. My friend sends her husband in when she knows the baby isn’t hungry because the baby can smell her and doesn’t want to go back to sleep.

  3. Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap January 8, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Lol y’all, the first thing I said when I put the hardware back in was that I didn’t live the plates, but they’re totally growing on me.

  4. I love the table, plates and all and I think the power bar is a good idea. I love those things. When I travel, I throw one in the suitcase when I travel because motels seldom have enough outlets to charge everything. I digress.

    It is wonderful that Jack is sleeping better and therefore so are you. I have heard similar stories from other parents.

  5. I like to charge my cell phone on the nightstand every night. However, the little wire kept falling off into the crevice under the bed…very annoying. This handy little stand allows you to simply dock the phone into place. Your charger cable goes into the back of the stand, the phone sits snugly on top.

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap January 23, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      Love that! It would probably also force me to put. down. the. phone. once I plug it in for the night.

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