Router Cover: Project Challenge #12

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas!

It's the last Project Challenge for 2015.
 I can't believe it's the end of the year already!
This month our groups challenge was to create something made of books or book pages.

When we had our Internet installed in our new house this summer I asked for the router to be placed in our game room, so I didn't have to look at it.
But the technician didn't feel like we were getting strong enough service with it in there so he wanted to put it in our kitchen.

We have a built in desk in the kitchen and I hate having this ugly router and ugly cords sitting out on display and I hate looking at them all the time!

So I decided to make a router cover using thrift store books.
Step one: measure your router so you buy books that are tall and wide enough to cover your router.
I chose books where there is a space between the pages and the binding so it would be easy to take all the pages out.
It turns out the two middle books have a plastic film on them which made them difficult to paint.
So learn from my mistake and avoid those type of books.

Now, confession time....
I picked up my books from the thrift store the same day we were hopping on a plane to Florida and we didn't get back until the 23rd.
So I had to put this together quickly on Christmas Eve and Christmas day (which thrilled my family).
At one point I screwed up the way I glued them and had to rip them apart and glue them all over again, so my cover is kind of rough looking, but I couldn't go out and get more books and start over again.

But, despite how rustic my router cover looks I still think it looks better than it did without one!
I added some cute desk accessories to distract from the flaws in my books/cover.

I painted the books with chalk paint and then used various rubber stamps to place designs 
on the books.
If you'd like to see another post where I painted thrift store books click here.

A big project I hope to start (and finish) in 2016 is painting my kitchen cabinets.
I've never painted cabinets before and I am intimidated by such a big job, but I know I will be so happy with it once it's done.

Now go check out what the other ladies have come up with!


  1. I have the same problem with our unsitely computer cords and router. It drives me CRAZY!! I love that you made something that looks great to cover it up. I know it didn't turn out quite the way you wanted, but I think it looks great, I will seriously have to try this!!

  2. That's a clever way to upcycle old books. Great tips on painting the spines, I would have have thought about the plastic film.

  3. Lisa, I will totally miss your projects this next year. I love this idea!!! Your desk looks sooo organized and beautiful! I am bummed I had to miss this one!!!!

  4. That turned out so pretty, Lisa. You are the book beautifier!

    You know...we have AT&T Uverse. Is that what you have? Our router is upstairs in a corner room and it works great. I'm wondering if the tech just didn't want to work at the moment.

    1. He set it up in the game room first and wasn't happy with the signal. He was able to show us it was stronger in the kichen, so I really couldn't argue with the placement. :)

  5. Lisa I love this idea. So clever.
    Happy New Year.

  6. Super creative and it looks way better than the the exposed wires and router! I love the stamps that you used for the book spines and how you accessorized the rest of the desk top!

  7. Such a clever idea! I hate those necessary items too. My router is currently being disguised behind an orb and some other decor items. :) Good luck with your kitchen cabinets. I'd never painted cabinets before either, and it was so much easier than I anticipated. Don't let it intimidate you, it's not as hard as it seems. :)

  8. That was a really neat idea! I love how you decorated the spines with lettering and designs. I never thought of using stamps for that! Good idea.

  9. Great idea! And it looks very cute - I like it a lot!
    I have a great paint to recommend if you are painting your kitchen cabinets yourself. If you are interested email me!

  10. What a great idea.....they turned out fabulous!

  11. Hi, I'm visiting from Roses of Inspiration. What a fantastic idea, decorative and functional.

  12. What a great idea. So cute and so much better than a router.

  13. That looks awesome,'d never even know a router or wires were there!

  14. I also drew up the book have a plastic film and have trouble like you. Haha

  15. This is so clever! I remembered the countless times my son knocked over our router so this might help us out - thanks!