Monday, February 21, 2011

The Making of a Desk Part 2

If you haven't read Part 1 of the Making of a Desk go read it so you will be caught up.

Once again I will keep this as simple as possible and hope that it helps you with projects of your own.

-It might be hard to tell but I painted the insides of the open cabinets green, and started playing around with what I might like in them.
-We reattached the doors

-You can see the difference in the old paint and the new here

-The sides were in rough shape and we knew they would need help

-This side had a gap, we had to fill in with plywood to make the sides even

-We chose to cover the sides with bead board to add some charm,
I have loved the idea of hanging bead board horizontally since seeing it in my friend Kelly's house.

-Added crown molding to the top 

-We finished the corners with trim

-The edges did not meet up with the wall here, so we encased it with shoe mold trim
-This gave it a more finished look

-I knew I wanted to use trim to make "boxes" on the front of the doors
-We drew out where the trim would go with a pencil

-Cut trim pieces to size and used a finish nailer to attach

-I knew I wanted a self in the middle for extra storage, so we cut a board to size and used brackets (purchased from Lowe's) to hold it up
-To give it a balanced look we also used a bracket at each end
-You can also see where we got inspired and add a piece of trim around the side of the desk top to match the trim on the front of the cabinets

-Fill in all nail holes and gaps with wood filler
-Let dry



-And paint

There you have it...

That is how we got from here



This whole project cost around $200
not bad for a custom desk.

I hope this inspires you to try something at your house.

Sit Relax and Read


Anonymous said...

I'm in the process of planning a spot for 3 people to work very similar to what you have, although mine will be next to windows, so no upper shelves. Could you tell me how you made the table part? I'm looking for something to fit 108" and having a hard time finding something long enough. Would love to see more details on your project. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

ahh, sorry, just found part I. :) The space is lovely! How long is your table, though? Now that you've used it do you think it's sufficiently long for 3 people to work?

Christi @ Writing the Waves said...

You did such a great job! We are not handy at our house at all. I'm envious when I see such pretty DIY stuff! :)

Have a great day!

Unknown said...

A.MA.ZING! thank you!!! for sharing the deets!

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Tiffini said...

Hey girl:) Love this still! hope school is going well and the projects your working on. talk soon

The Pennington Point said...

I love this project! Trim is the fixes everything. When you see something in my house with a bunch of trim it's 'cuz I messed up cuts and measurements and covered it. Now you know the secret. LOL! The desk is so great. I love the sideways bead board. Lisa~

Susan said...

Love it! What a great place to teach your girls!

Grace and Beauty said...

That looks amazing!!!! Love it! Love it! Love it!

Arcie said...

This really looks fantastic! Great work and nice pictures, thank you for sharing it ;)

Jayme C. said...

A MAZ ING! I love this so much! Your hard work paid off tremendously! I'm now dreaming of a spot I can duplicate this in. :)

Kalleen at Second Street said...

This is still one of my all time favorite makeovers I've ever seen. I can't look at it enough. I think I've convinced my husband to do something similar for my crafting area. Now I have to convince my dad to help me. It will be forever before it happens but, I sure like thinking about it.

Allison Shops said...

The space turned out great. I'm sure it's nice to have them doing schoolwork all in one place.
Dropping by from How To's Day. Hope you'll come see DD2's picture wall we did for her.


Pamela said...

Looks amazing!!

Shannan Martin said...

Fantastic! I love it. That trim makes a world of difference!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

What a gorgeous transformation! I can't get over how much brighter the area looks. Job well done!

BTW, love the yellow suitcases. Did you buy them yellow or paint them yourself for all to match?

alison said...

I absolutely LOVE it, Mr. CFO agrees and we are using this as our inspiration for our kids workspace.

Lou said...

what type of trim did you use on the cabinets? is there trim on the table? if yes, what type did you use there. thanks for sharing.

Lou said...

thanks for sharing. have been waiting on your post to update our kitchen cabinets. what type of trim did you use on doors? is there trim on the table? if yes, what type did you use? thanks.

melissa said...

This is AMAZING! Such perfect timing too. A roomate that we were helping out just moved so we have a new empty room. We do house flips so we have random canbinets and even some crown molding. Now I can get it out of my way and get some use out of it :)

Anonymous said...

Love the desk and it would be perfect in our office. What is the length of the desk? What are the dimensions of the box to hold the desktop?



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