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Completing My Home Office with the #1PackChallenge

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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….. πŸ˜‰

This is a collaborative post but, as ever, all words & images are my own.

 

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26 Comments

  1. 12th September 2016 / 2:13 pm

    That desk looks lovely, what a cute workspace you now have! x

    • Catherine
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      12th September 2016 / 2:17 pm

      Aah, thanks Donna! I’m pretty pleased with it! Xxx

  2. 12th September 2016 / 5:27 pm

    Love this! It looks very professional and I was just thinking about how I need to get a desk for my office space too. Great up cycling! X

    • Catherine
      Author
      15th September 2016 / 1:56 pm

      Thanks, Jenny. xxx

  3. 13th September 2016 / 1:35 pm

    Nice one Catherine! I bet the floor boards give a nice, smooth finsih to your desk and I love that you have done all this with just a few new bits and the rest is stuff you had.
    P.S. That bird in the corner is so cute. Is it from Marmelade Pie?

    • Catherine
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      15th September 2016 / 1:56 pm

      It is from Marmalade Pie! Lizzie sent it to me as a gift as one of my photos in her #OnePerfectThing hashtag was her favourite last month. I think it’s adorable! xxx

  4. 14th September 2016 / 9:32 am

    I think this is amazing, way to go, you would never know it has been made by someone who does not love DIY, hope it makes your super productive but rememeber to take breaks for Gilmore Girls xxx
    #homeetc

    • Catherine
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      15th September 2016 / 1:53 pm

      Thanks, Kara! Ooh, Gilmore Girls – That’s one to add to my viewing watch list as I’ve heard it’s meant to be brilliant! πŸ™‚ xxx

  5. 14th September 2016 / 9:45 am

    Wow, Hats off to you lady! I am totally crap at DIY but got the creative bug myself last week and knocked up a canvas! I love seeing things getting recycled, brilliant, well done! x

    • Catherine
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      15th September 2016 / 1:52 pm

      Thank you! I’m pretty crap when it comes to DIY too! πŸ™‚ xxx

  6. 14th September 2016 / 10:49 am

    This is more creative than you think! I’d never think to use flooring as a work surface but it just works! So lovely πŸ™‚

    #HomeEtc

    • Catherine
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      15th September 2016 / 1:52 pm

      Thank you! xxx

  7. From Day Dot
    14th September 2016 / 3:40 pm

    It looks great, and I’m impressed with the use of the saw – it’s generally where I draw the line and recruit the husband to help! I love the rustic style and now you have a lovely new work space! #HomeEtc x

    • Catherine
      Author
      15th September 2016 / 1:50 pm

      I will admit that when I had to saw it for a second time due to the measurements being wrong I got hubby to do it, as I was getting quite angry with myself. Being angry whilst in charge of a saw is not a good combination! πŸ™‚ xxx

  8. 14th September 2016 / 3:59 pm

    Love this idea for a desk. Genius and fantastic that it is made to measure for your space #HomeETC

    • Catherine
      Author
      15th September 2016 / 1:49 pm

      Thanks, Emma! I love it! xxx

    • Catherine
      Author
      15th September 2016 / 1:48 pm

      Thanks, Julia! Definitely worth the elbow grease!

  9. 14th September 2016 / 11:03 pm

    I think you did a great job! I’m rubbish with saws. I usually get the nice men at b&q to cut it on their saw machine!!

    There’s something so satisfying about doing it yourself. Plus it fits your space perfectly. Yay!

    #hometc

    • Catherine
      Author
      15th September 2016 / 1:47 pm

      Aah, thank you! Yep, I’m normally rubbish with saws too – in fact I’m downright dangerous with them! xxx

  10. 15th September 2016 / 9:07 pm

    Such a great idea and I think it looks really great! I would never think to come up with something inventive like this, to me it’s a great use of materials for the challenge X #HomeEtc

    • Catherine
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      15th September 2016 / 9:12 pm

      Aah, thank you! I really like how it turned out. Xxx

  11. 19th September 2016 / 6:42 pm

    I LOVE it Cat!!! Absolutely brilliant β€” it looks fab. And I can totally sympathise β€” our cottage is pretty unhelpful when it comes to not conforming to 90 degree angles!!! Our cottage is SO wonky!! #HomeEtc

    • Catherine
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      23rd September 2016 / 1:13 pm

      Haha, well I guess you could say that the wonky walls are part of what makes them so charming! xxx

  12. 19th September 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Looks great and what a super idea! Love re-using old furniture and painting it too! What a fab space now for you! Thanks for sharing xx

    #HomeEtc

    • Catherine
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      23rd September 2016 / 1:12 pm

      Thanks so much, Jess.xxx

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