DIY Built-In Desk

Sorry y'all. No final kitchen reveal as promised today. Instead we are jumping to a different space under construction: My office. Bedroom number 2 of three upstairs. It's been my little space for my clothes and all of my stuff since we moved in. But alas, having a baby is about compromising and changing and making space and so I am gladly welcoming LB into "my space" to create our combined office. The desk may go, but the clothes? They stay. :) Speaking of the desk... that big blue bad boy was PERFECT for law school. It was a Goodwill score that we painted before school started and it served me well throughout all the studying hours that were mandated for my little ol doctorate. But the time had come to take it apart and scoot it along.


I also had to say adios to my dressing bar... sad.


We had kicked around a lot of idea of what to do with the double desk situation that needed to happen. In the end we went with what would be the most simple: a double desk "built-in" made from stock cabinets at Home Depot, plywood, and laminate flooring.

We picked up two 18 inch lower cabinets (they each have drawers) and one 12 inch guy for the middle. When putting the plywood down we cut the slab in half and then used L brackets to attach it to the wall.


Once we got the slab all the way across the top, we stopped for a few days because we had to figure out what we were going to do for bookshelves on the top of the desk. Originally, I assumed we would do Billy Bookcases from Ikea. However, they were way too tall and as someone who has tried to cut Ikea crap before, we knew that trimming them would NOT be simple.


So, LB found these on Amazon for $97 each (picture is linked):


They were the perfect height and price. Once they arrived we realized that the decorative pieces weren't attached already. Which was great because I hated them for this project and was planning to saw them right off.


We once again used an L bracket all the way at the top to attach these to the wall and left space at the top for crown molding and trim to be applied down the road.


As for the top of the desk, we just picked up some Allure Laminate flooring and using an X-acto knife and some tape for the lines, trimmed it up to fit. In hindsight- I'd get a piece of wood that I could stain and call it a day/the desktop.

The bookcases are all loaded up now, but we still have the trim work and the other wall to deal with (read: finding a futon/couch/daybed that we like for that space and clearing out the pile of tools that got moved in here from the nursery. We need a shed people. We need a shed real bad).


So stay tuned for the final word from our office...

Wall Progress: The Opening of all Openings

Here was the plan: Wall Plan

On day one while I was sitting at jury duty, this happened:

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Here they are building out the header.. when it was all framed out I started to understand the plan even more.

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All framed up:


The next day they got it all drywalled and one coat of mud put up. I just can't get over how open this has made the house already. The header is going to house the two pendant lights that came in from Ballard Designs. And the butcher block countertop is going to rest on the cabinets that are going into the nook that has been created by the little half wall that was built. IMG_4798

Here you can also see the switch that was put in for the pendant lights. Jeff also installed an outlet over on the side: perfect for crockpots, smoothie making, and juicing. IMG_4800

Looking down you can see the notch on the right where the butcher block is going to go. IMG_4802

Here's a shot of the heating vent that is going to get routed through the toe kick of the wall cabinets that are going to get installed.


All that is left is a round of sanding, mudding, sanding, painting, toe kick platform building, heater vent running, cabinet install, pendant light install, and then countertop install.

We are also taking the opportunity to install can lights in the living room and kitchen. Which means that the light box in the kitchen is finally getting removed.

So, I've got a math riddle for you (cough, cough, Ashley, cough): we need 64 linear inches of cabinets. We originally assumed that we would get two 32 inch cabinets, but wouldn't you know it.... Lowe's and HD and everyone else only carry 30s or 33s. So, math people, what combination of cabinets could we get to have 64 linear inches of cabinet love using these widths:

Oh, and I already know we could a 33 and a 21, but I think that would look lopsided and silly. I'd like some combo of two smaller flanking a larger one. May the math gods be with you!