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