stylish storage solution for modems

It all started with this pin from Anamu.

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Well, really it started with a thorn in my side that is this modem and the tangled mess of cords that comes with it.  I’ve tried to forget about it by tucking it in the corner of the desk behind desk accessories and decor.  But, then the internet would lose connection or the t.v. would lose a signal, so we’d have to part the red sea to get to the modem and find those magical numbers, the password,  that would restore all that was lost. Then it would just sit there, staring back at me in its monstrosity, until I finally put it back in place.

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During these last few weeks with all of the home reorganization, I was trying to decide what to do with the big book box.  I originally bought it to set on the coffee table and corral remote controls, but it just wasn’t practical.  Then, in a light bulb moment, I decided to see if the modem would fit inside the book box.  Yes, indeed it did.   I immediately got to work, marking off where to drill the holes for the cords.

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Well, the holes weren’t big enough.  I tried to widen them a bit more, but it was something like one o’clock on the morning, and there wasn’t much I could do to muffle the drilling sound to keep from waking my sleeping family.  Another light bulb moment!  ( I know, right.  Two in one night)  There was a seam on the front side of the box.  I tried to pry off the front at the seam, but that didn’t work.  So, I got a saw and hacked off the front of the box and placed the modem inside.

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I think I’ll be able to patch the holes with some putty and cover them up with terracotta paint.  If not, I’ll come up with a cute, travel related patch.  It’ll give the book some character as though it’s worn from its many trips around the world.

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Until then, I’m very pleased with my new stylish modem cover, wearing its big letter “S” like Superman, except that the “S” really stands for Sharon. ;)

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See you in class,

Mrs. Hines

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After 17 years in an elementary classroom, Mrs. Hines retired from teaching to pursue her passions: decorating, writing and homemaking. While her formal education is in teaching, she discovered her talent for design at a young age and is a self-taught decorator. Mrs. Hines' DIY spirit has earned her appearances on the show Deals which airs on the Live Well Network. She continues to teach and inspire on her popular Lifestyle blog, Mrs. Hines' Class. Homemaking is Mrs. Hines' first love. So, when she isn't decorating or writing, you can find her at home watching television with Mr. Hines or trying to keep up with her teenaged daughter.

Comments

  1. Seriously what a great idea!

  2. Thank you, Clydia. I’m so glad to have found it on Pinterest.

  3. “SuperSharon!” Isn’t it great when you get one of those light bulb ideas and solve an issue that was forever bugging you!

  4. It’s a very good feeling indeed!

  5. Again another brilliant idea for the class! I just had my internet provider over last night (trying to fix this stupid machine) and we were talking about all the cords, how we could design a system to make everything easier to keep sepearated, look nice and here you go and beat us to the punch!!!! I should know by now that the teacher always can outsmart the student – I love your idea, and will try to put it to use as soon as I know if my computer is going to last or not.

  6. LOL! Well, I can’t take credit for the actual idea…I adapted it from a pin on Pinterest. I hope your computer lasts for you.

  7. I love pinterest, but am also starting to use StumbleUpon too. I always try to give credit where credit is due, but don’t always succeed on Pinterest. I use HT, Pinterest, and now SU as much as FB, if not more.

  8. I haven’t delved into the world of StumbleUpon.

  9. I’m so with you on wanting to hide the techno mess. I love your solution!

    Lynn

  10. Love it!! What a great fix for a necessity that is not pretty ;) Thanks for sharing!!

  11. Thank you, Lynn. The blogger I got the idea from used a real book and tore out all of the pages. Clever.

  12. I was so excited when I first saw this idea. Finally, a solution!

  13. Brilliant. I switched to a Mac just to get rid of some of the cords computers seem to require. But the ugly modem remains. You’ve shown me how to put it out of sight. Great idea/adaptation.

  14. I love that it hides the modem. The cords are still visible, but it’s better.

  15. So clever! Great idea

  16. Thanks for the visit. This was one of my “pin tests” and I’m very happy with the results.

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