I’ve always been a hands on/crafty kind of person. I love me some good DIY projects. So it’s not too surprising that I love woodworking/building things! It’s becoming a new hobby of mine I decided. You know, because I have alllll this extra time for hobbies. LOL. Whenever we go to Home Depot or Lowe’s I always have to walk by the tools just so I can dream a little. Is that weird? My husband even got me tools for Valentine’s Day and my birthday this year! Romantic right?! He truly knows the way to my heart!
In college, I was starting out my second year in an unfurnished apartment with three other girls and I was going to need a twin size bed. I needed something that was higher off the ground than your average bed so that I could use the space for storage. It was hard to find something like that that wasn’t one of those bunk beds with the desk thing under it. Bunk beds are cool when you’re 10 but it wasn’t quite what I was going for at 20. So my dad and our family friend, who has a sweet woodshop in his basement, helped me build the frame for a bed that was just what I needed. I think that must be where my love for woodworking began.
Now any time that I see a need for something in my home I always ask myself if I can build it. I love to think up some design in my head for what I want and need. If I can, I put it down on paper, or I start searching for plans online that someone else may have already drawn up. I love following the girls over at shanty-2-chic.com. They have some awesome projects. I want to do them all! Some are super simple and some are more complex and need some crazy cool tools. I’ll stick to the simple ones for now. Ana White from ana-white.com also has some really cool projects on her site.
When we lived in Idaho, before I’d heard of the two websites above, I wanted to put an entry table in our front room. Something that I could decorate and a place to set our keys and what not. I drew up what I had in mind and went to work. All I had to work with at the time was a small corded circular saw. It wasn’t the prettiest diy table around but I built it from scratch with no plans other than my own. I was so proud! When we moved to Colorado we sold it to save the space so unfortunately I don’t have it anymore. But that just means it’s time to build another one right?!
When we moved here to Maryland from Colorado I left behind my file cabinets which were the base of my desk. So, now I was in need of some desk “legs”. I use an old door that we found at a junk yard and cleaned up for our wedding as my desk top. This time I wanted sometime prettier and more fitting that a couple of ugly and bulky file cabinets. I found just what I was looking for here on shanty-2-chic.com and they actually refer to this plan from ana-white.com. These saw-horse style legs were perfect to give me the look I wanted and provide some shelving for storage!
I got to work using my handy dandy Kreg Jig, a borrowed jig saw, and my trusty circular saw. If you ever want to get into building anything, I highly recommend getting yourself a Kreg Jig! It makes things so much easier and your pieces turn out a lot more sturdy as well! I wish I’d had this when I built that first table in Idaho.
My cuts would have been better if I had used a miter saw like the plans suggest, but I didn’t have one so I did the best I could with my circular saw.
Everything might not be perfectly straight, but for this being only the second thing I’ve built on my own, I’d say it’s not too shabby!
I decided to stain the legs rather than paint them so that they kind of matched the wood of the door that peeks through the chipped paint. This was also my first time staining anything and I loved it! It was so much quicker than painting and I really like the look of it.
So here is my desk all put together. We went from having it set up on our tubs of Christmas decorations to this! I love it.
Now I need to find a pretty desk chair to go with it and hang up the artwork and pictures I have to go above the desk and this area will be complete! Any ideas on where to look for a good chair to go with my desk? It needs to be pretty and functional!
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