I promised this blog post ages and ages ago. My summer, like all of yours, has been busier than I expected I guess. Usually I’m out of the craft room and in the garden but this year I’ve been in the house, fixing up rooms that were emptied by The Great Daughter Migration of 2017. Also travelling and working.
I was excited to share pictures with all of you of my desk renovation, but by the time it was all done it felt pretty basic to me. I had planned on putting together a corner desk but the space was all wrong for the piece that I found. So let’s start with that piece:
This project started with the desk you see here. We found it at the Habitat for Humanity Restore in West Madison, and it was literally on the last aisle of the store. I had looked at everything else-kitchen cabinets, living room furniture, everything. I was trying to find cabinets/hutches/drawers to work with and make a desk/worktable out of. This desk had everything, except a desktop, which was fine with me. I would have picked up a piece of counter top at the same time but at this point I was stuck on the idea of making a corner piece and figured I’d just make something.
My oldest daughter is always on the hunt for more shelving so I gave the hutch and shelves to her. I really wanted to put them to use but my space is limited.
And then I started the usual process of cleaning, cleaning, cleaning and sanding, sanding, sanding. I really hate sanding. It’s the main reason I don’t do more of this kind of thing. I know you’re supposed to be able to skip a lot of the prepping with chalk paint but I’ve never actually worked with the stuff. I researched it a little and it seemed like it might not stand up to the constant use I was planning. Also, waxing? Most sites I read recommended re-waxing every six months to a year. I don’t even wax my legs that often!
So I went with the traditional latex enamel. Easy to work with and stands up to constant use. And because this project was entirely for me, I went with a bright, fun color.
The color was great, and it turned out that the pieces were mostly solid wood. All I needed now was the hardware, which I had already picked up at our local resale shop. A big bag of glass knobs for ten bucks!
They’re mismatched but I don’t care.
The paint color is not really this light. My photography skills need work.
All that was left was the desktop, which I quickly made from a sheet of plywood I had sitting around. Not the best choice, but I figured it would do for now until I spot a replacement at a garage sale or resale shop. The benefit, of course, was that I could make it any size I wanted to.
I can’t tell you how much I love this thing. I sit at it every day. Would you like to see the rest of the room? I have posted pictures of that on Facebook, too, but should blog it just a little. Maybe later, for now I have to go make chili!