One of my favorite things to happen is this: I walk into a thrift/salvage shop, stumble upon something unique or odd, and instantly have an idea for a project. Perhaps not ideal for anyone reading this- because I’ve found a one-off and it can’t be immediately replicated from the same item at a shop near you- but nonetheless, I love that moment of upcycling inspiration. Probably because it means I’m not entirely tapped out of ideas just yet!
But that’s what happened here- a quick trip to my local Habitat ReStore yielded an unusual find- this interesting shelf/sconce. In fact, the sawtooth hanger on the back is the only reason I knew what it was!
It was well-made (i.e., solid wood) and didn’t have any markings on it, so I assumed it to be someone’s own personal handiwork and not a commercially-made piece. Which made me grow even fonder of it! But anyway, back to my inspiration…
I decided on the spot that it would be the perfect tablet stand for my kitchen. I’m always cooking or baking something from Pinterest, often using one of our tablets instead of dragging my laptop into the kitchen. But I didn’t have a tablet stand…until now.
All I needed to do was add a small ledge to the front- something for the tablet to butt up against so it could lean back. Right off the bat, a tile holder from Scrabble came to mind- but I didn’t have one that wasn’t already part of a game set.
So, I’d make my own. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
Repurposing it into a Tablet Stand
Luckily, I had plenty of random scrap trim leftover from my garden trellis project…including this piece that even had the same shape as a Scrabble tile holder.
We measured (twice) and cut (once)-hallelujah, a perfect fit! We also lightly sanded down the raw edges until they were smooth.
And then I used wood glue to attach the ledge to the sconce, and let it relax overnight as the glue cured.
The Big Reveal
And while I didn’t *need* to paint it, the grey winter days were annoying me and I craved color…so I picked up a latex sample from Home Depot because this punchy coral just spoke to me.
And once it was properly awash in gorgeous color, I set our 7” tablet (similar to a Kindle or Nook) in it and it worked like a charm!
I love re-envisioning random pieces like this shelf…and it’s seriously perfect for a smaller tablet. This will make following a recipe far easier…and it looks pretty snazzy, as well.
Craft On! (And Happy 2016)