Kristi Linauer is an interior decorator with a knack for giving throwaway furniture a new lease on life. She often blogs about the DIY projects she's done in her Waco, TX condo on her site Addicted 2 Decorating. We're often in awe of what she can do with a haggard dresser, chairs, or desk, but this particular project has Unplggd written all over it.
"I'm married to a computer techie network administrator, and while I love him dearly, I don't love the computers everywhere," Kristi writes on her blog. "But because he's a network administrator, we absolutely have to have a computer network at home, which means we have to have a place for the network server."
The Linauers previous solution was to have everything stacked on a desk, but when they moved Kristi had enough. She was intent on coming up with a more visually pleasing way to store and organize all her hubby's geekery. With a new condo full of discarded furniture the previous tenants had left, she decided to see if anything could be hacked. "Our permanent solution needed to be able to hold the TV (which also doubles as the monitor for our network server), a keyboard, mouse, speakers, and of course, the CPU with the side off and its innards exposed...grrrrr!" Now that's some geeky shit even we would have a hard time dealing with.
Kristi turned to a cheap dresser unit left behind. Since its fake wood veneer was a serious eyesore she sanded and painted it, removed the drawers and used the fronts, which she decoupaged, to create a front panel that can be removed so her husband can access the computer within. A power stip installed withing powers everything and keeps cords out of view.
The front of the computer peeks out the side of the armoire so the couple can easily turn it on and insert DVDs. The top two drawers are still intact and store the keyboard and mouse and small speakers that can pulled out when needed.