I have written about my need for a dedicated home office space on numerous occasions since starting this blog. And since reclaiming my utility room (my previous office) a couple of months ago I have mainly been working at the dining room table or on the sofa. But now that the kiddies are back in school and nursery I’m finding working from the sofa quite problematic, as I end up watching old episodes of Gossip Girl or The West Wing when I really should be tapping away at the laptop!
It had always been my plan to move my workspace upstairs, into the alcove in our bedroom. It’s the perfect size for a desk. But, as always, I have struggled to find one I like or one that I could afford on a budget. So, when Luxury Wooden Flooring challenged me to see what I could make with some leftover wooden flooring as part of their #1PackChallenge I decided to try to make a desk!
I say ‘try’ because anyone who knows me will know that I’m not the worlds greatest when it comes to DIY. For example, I use Command Strips to hang photos because I have outstanding skills at knocking massive holes in the wall if I try to knock in a picture hook.
So, when I told R that I was going to ‘Build a desk’ he looked at me like I was mad. That look quickly changed to one of fear when he realised that I would also be using a saw to build it.
I decided to incorporate an old bedside table into the desk as I also wanted to include some storage. So after a quick trip to Homebase for some furniture paint, a couple of table legs and some glue I made the most of a sunny weekend and got cracking with the build.
It would be safe to say that I turned the air blue on a few occasions yesterday while I was sawing away. I should have noticed just how much the alcove wall in our 160-year-old cottage curves when I was measuring up, but I didn’t, and when it came to fixing the desk together I actually couldn’t slide the floorboards in. I ended up having to saw off another inch just to get them to fit.
Despite all that, I am really happy with how the desk turned out. Okay, I will be the first to admit that it’s not the most imaginative use of the floorboards, but it is something I desperately needed and is very practical. I decided not to paint the floorboards the same colour as the cupboard as I really like the contrast between the two. I also painted an old wooden chair the same colour as the cupboard, as I do not have a proper office chair yet.
I really enjoyed getting handy with a saw and building this desk (even if I did swear like a trooper every now and then), and as we have a couple of floor boards left over I’m now thinking and pinning ideas for my next DIY project. That’s if my husband hasn’t hidden the saw….. 😉
This is a collaborative post but, as ever, all words & images are my own.