Okay, so we are back at the farm from the anniversary trip at Mackinac Island. What a fresh breath of air for us to step away from the hustle and bustle life at the farm, our day jobs, and renovations. If you didn’t catch our Instagram stories at lizmariegalvan or whitecottagefarm, we took a few pictures while we were out, no worries LMB will be sharing pictures of our travels over on her site. Just a super-super quick run down of Mackinac Island (pronounced Mack-in-aw). Its a very small island that measures roughly 8 miles in circumference. Its right off the Mackinac Bridge that connects lower Michigan with Upper. It holds a military fort, and has some very fun and interesting historical facts regarding British and American Wars as well as Native American ties. With the exception of emergency response vehicles, there are absolutely no cars… The only means of travel are bicycles and horse carriage…
Even the thought of the upcoming vacation a few days prior, had crept into our minds we were found a glimpse of refreshed motivation and knocked out a quick project out of necessity.
So a little background about the idea.
We came across a beat up and old furniture mover that we used at The Found Cottage, this furniture mover was a huge sheet of plywood with a bunch of these little transfer ball bearings that rolled the plywood around with ease. I absolutely loved the design of the mover, and planned on mimicking the build for this hideaway laptop tray.
The idea was to make a small furniture mover-like laptop tray. Knowing we have slipped covered couches with little pleats that just hit the floor. I wanted the tray to hold the laptops and slide under the couch at night when we wanted to button up for the night. I thought it would be useful to install an outlet to the top of the board, to allow for a closer plug when computer power is needed or cell phone power is needed without having to hunker down next to the nearest outlet.
Here is how it turned out…
This build took all of 2 hours and was very easy. This is a complete build out of necessity… Not having charging cables nearly strung from one end of a room to another, being able to plug in right next to your feet, and having the ability to tuck that little tray away at night is wonderful. Using a little more expensive materials, this tray could be a bit flashier and more integral into the style of the home given it stays out and used as a charging hub. No more limbo, or jumping over a string of hot lava…
If you want the step by step head on over to our Ryobi Nation account (Link: Here). And while your over at Ryobi Nation, browse around a bit and make a wishlist because we think it’s about time for another GIVEAWAY!!!
LMB and I had some much fun on our 10 year anniversary trip, we realize we need to do more weekend sneak-away’s. So in order to qualify for this giveaway leave us a comment below, where you think we should take our next trip, as well as like us on Facebook. That is it! Entries close Halloween night, so get to it. Thank you all, and as always Give Grace.
How I got this project under 75 dollars:
Roller Ball Transfer Bearings: 43.00
Wire Clamps: 2.00
9ft replacement cord: 13.00
Outlet Cover: 2.00
Table top: 5.00 (Garage Sale)
Screws for Ball Bearing: 1.50
Silicon adhesive (optional): 6.00
Such a cool project idea, thanks for sharing. I really like the roll away feature.
We live in Michigan as well, and visit a different city each year for our anniversary, Traverse City, and Saugatuck, are our favorites.
We love our Saugatuck as well… being both born and raised in MI, it’s crazy to say that neither one of us has been to Traverse City! Great suggestion. Any time of the year you recommend?
Traverse City is great to visit any time of the year (unless there is a lot of snow). Late June through early July is a great time to visit while the cherry crop is in full swing.
Mary Hannah Johnson says
Ocracoke on the Outer Banks, with a quick visit to New Bern of course.
This is always going to be my favorite get away… 😉
If I could only pick up New Bern and bring it here I would. Especially the BBQ!
Victoria Amaral says
You should visit San Francisco, CA!
That would definitely be a dream for LMB! She wants to go see the “painted ladies” very badly.
Carly Williams says
Charleston is my favorite spot for a vacation for two!
We were so close to Charleston… but never made it. We hear nothing but great things. Closes we made it was Columbia which is were some really good friends live. Great suggestion!
Kristina Biermann says
What a cute idea!
Y’all should head to Starved Rock here in IL or go to the Smoky Mountains in TN (we just got back last month- perfect vacation spot!)
Starved Rock? Putting that on the google list later… Smoky Mtn TN area is one of our favorites too. Did a friends weekend out there a few year back at Gatlinburg. It’s about time for another visit I’d say! Thanks for the comment.
I’m a fellow midwesterner (WI) and my husband I love to take as many mini fall getaways as possible. We also live on a farm so these trips are usually few and far between this time of year. We love the Lake Geneva area or anywhere up North. We have family near Shawano so this is a favorite of ours.
Looking forward to more pictures of Mackinac!
More pictures coming very soon. I think you have us pegged. We both love traveling in the fall season… and this sounds like a fun trip. It’s on the google list!
Jessica Gipson says
I think you both should come to Louisiana, New Orleans. 🙂
Oh I love that idea. Good friend of mine was from the military was from Baton Rouge… what I wouldn’t give for a backyard broil.
You should go to Chicago! 🙂
What a great idea!
You should visit, Lancaster, PA
We love Frankenmuth. Quaint shops and great food.
Tabitha P. says
St. Augustine, FL is beautiful and so fun!
Tiffany Banks says
I would suggest going to Hocking Hills in Logan, OH. Very beautiful place! https://innatcedarfalls.com/specials/romantic-getaways-in-ohio/
christina purvis says
What a cool project! You should visit chicago. There are a lot of things for 2 to do there
Pam Ballard says
We are looking forward to a trip to South Carolina.. Love the beauty and history. Lovely giveaway!
Elizabeth N. says
Those pictures are incredible! I think you should go to Austin, TX 🙂 Love that city.
I love me some Texas. I need to get LMB down there, she’s only flown into Waco… I want to get her to Austin and San Antonio. Great idea, thanks for reading.
Nicki J. says
I say Montreal!
Scottsdale, AZ. Fun and relaxing vacation spot!
dianne hall says
What about San Diego? La jolla is beautiful and they have great restaurants.
Someone else wrote St Augustine, FL, I second it….such a beautiful town with so much history. We’ve been there 4 time’s and still have so much to see.
angie depue says
I think you should come to Central Oregon! It is beautiful! Lots of lakes and mountains!! So much to see and do, no matter what time of year you visit!