Friday, August 4, 2017

Disguising the Electronics

Electronics are useful but typically not very decorative. My speakers, modem, and router are black and thus not overly conspicuous on my black furniture. Nonetheless, I decided to make disguises for them. Even electronics like to play dress-up, right? ;)

To dress the subwoofer (Can I just say... I love that word! My dorky brain can't help but think of a subwoofer as a less dominant dog. In my house, Indigo is the woofer and Nook is the subwoofer. WOW, I am corny!)

Anyway, to make a disguise for the subwoofer, I used a black cardboard box...

And a photo frame from the dollar store.

I removed the back and the glass from the photo frame. Using acrylic craft paint, I painted the frame black and set it aside to dry. I centered the back on top of the box lid and traced around it with a pencil.

Following the pencil lines, I cut out the rectangle from the box lid.

I turned the lid over bottom side up. To cover the hole, I used a piece of black lace. I duct taped it into place. Duct tape isn't very classy, but it's MUCH easier than trying to glue lace.

I turned the lid back over so the top side was up.

I added the frame. It has little metal tabs which one would normally bend inward to hold the back in the frame. I bent them outward instead, and they worked perfectly to hold the frame in the opening.

Then I turned my attention to the box itself. The box was shallower than the subwoofer. This wasn't really a problem, though, as I didn't need to enclose the entire subwoofer. I simply cut a hole in the bottom of the box large enough for it fit through.

I slid the box over the subwoofer with the box's bottom toward the back and the top toward the front.

And placed the lid on the box.

The router generates some heat, so I did not want to enclose it in a cardboard box. Instead, I placed it in a magazine holder made of filigree metal.

I turned the holder backward so the tall "front" hides the router while the much shorter "back" allows the cords to exit. I used a second magazine holder for the modem.

For the speakers, I made covers that double as candle holders (details HERE). The disguises were complete!

After looking at the pictures... I think I'll shift things so the box is in the center with a magazine holder on either side. I like symmetry.

EDIT:
I made the change. Symmetry!


18 comments:

  1. Great ideas. I love the magazine holders

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  2. So inspirational! Such genius! I'm so in awe!

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  3. LOL After my first thought which was "Wow! That looks really good! What a great idea!" my second thought was "I'd have to put the magazine holders on either side of the subwoofer." I'm glad I'm not the only one who like symmetry... and who giggles over the same image of a subwoofer. ;)

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    1. I'm a bit surprised I didn't set it up symmetrically from the start, as I generally do that without thinking. I guess I was focused on making the covers. But as soon as I got a good look at the photos, I thought, "Nope. That needs to change." :)

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  4. Did you have any issues with your wifi signal? I'd worry about the metal acting as a Faraday cage.

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    1. No issues. The top and most of the back of the magazine holder are open, and the signal seems to be getting out fine.

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  5. Symmetry is everything! Symmetry is life!

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  6. The duct tape idea is brilliant

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    1. I have terrible luck (or skill) with glue, thus I usually opt for tape whenever possible.

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  7. So many great ideas! I am looking to hide my router, etc. as I'm looking to change up our TV stand. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad it was useful. :)

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  8. Oh. My. GOTH. I can't wait to get some furniture...!!

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