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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Controlling the remote controls

So we have a horrible remote epidemic at my house. It's called "can't put the remotes back on the table-itis". We have like 20 components hooked up to our tv so naturally we must have 45 remote controls (yes I am exaggerating slightly) so it seems like I can never find the one I need to get me back to cable or the dvd player remote.

I figured if they had an actual set place or holder, they would get put back more often. It's not 100% effective but we're doing a lot better than before.

I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up 2 wooden trays from the unfinished wood section. I got 2 different sizes and I think it totaled to about $3 with my coupon.

I gave them 2 coats of white spray paint and then found an eye chart I liked and printed it on cardstock on my home printer.  

 For the glasses, I knew I wanted to incoporate some yellow in my living room and felt that this was the perfect opportunity so I made a yellow chevron pattern in Adobe Illustrator and pulled in some glasses I liked.

I printed the glasses out on cardstock too and then did a layer of mod podge on the tray and laid the prints down inside.

Note: I learned the hard way that it's best to do the layer of mod podge on the bottom first, lay down the print and then let it dry before doing another layer of mod podge. Otherwise, your print will wrinkle and you'll have to strip it, sand it and try again.  It's frustrating. Believe me!

Once they had dried I did 2 more layers of mod podge over the top and they are ready to go! They also double as a water proof drink tray for the couch which has been VERY helpful!

This is such a easy, cheap and customizable project! You can do whatever you want inside and paint it whatever color you'd like!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you're having a wonderful week!


  1. I love it!!! I love the yellow Chevron pattern and the cute eye designs. I didn't know Hobby Lobby had those trays- so cool!!! Thanks for sharing! xoxo- Rachel

  2. So cute!

    ~Steph @ Silver Boxes

  3. haha i love this DIY theme ::) nice work!

  4. Love your theme! And it,s a cute way to make them remember where to put the remotes!!!