New Desk!

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This is an old picture, but you can get an idea of how little workspace I had, and how perpetually messy things looked.

For the longest time, I have been doing my more ‘crafty’ work at the kitchen table. It sucked. My supplies were scattered all over the apartment, making it impossible to quickly find things. Every time I finished up for the day, I either had to clean all of my stuff up, or just stare at the mess until the next day. And let me tell you, it was a BIG mess. Designing and making cards take a lot of materials. I missed spending time in my office, and I especially hated that I couldn’t just close the office door and forget about it all in the evening. Being in my apartment was starting to feel like always being at work. Who wants to think about the work they could be doing when they’re relaxing?

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So last weekend, I started brainstorming ideas. When I decide to do something, I get impatient, so I needed a fast solution. The desk had to be a specific size and height, and I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on it. I decided to ask David’s dad if he had any ideas. He is an excellent woodworker who has built things like dining room tables. We talked about it for a while, and the next day he called and asked if I had time to work on it that afternoon. Umm let me think about that.. Yes!

He had a lot of good ideas. We were originally going to try to find some cabinets and use them for the base, Young House Love style.     I started thinking about how much that would cost, and how we probably couldn’t do it right then (I told you I’m impatient), and we also agreed that it would look like a lot of stuff was crammed into one small corner. I wondered if we could use my existing file cabinet as a base, and we thought of buying a second file cabinet until David’s father suggested using the workbench as a base.

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The finished desk!

We ended up having to use a wooden block to make the desk level, and I love it. It looks like it’s floating, and the raw wood edge gives it an industrial vibe. The best part is, it’s very stable. We wrapped the wooden block in nonstick cloth, and we also put the cloth between the door and the workbench.

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You can see a little bit of the nonstick cloth here. It looks like it shouldn’t be stable, but it is!

We clamped it down on one side, and while it it looks like it might be wobbly, it’s actually rock steady. I painted the door white, to keep with my white theme I have going in there, and it looks SO fresh and bright.

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Here are the clamps keeping the other side in place.

The best part is, I have all the workspace I could ever need – and the total cost of the project came to $22.00. That’s right, less than 30 dollars for a desk that’s customized to my work space, and exactly what I want. Sometimes I find myself wandering into the office just to gaze at how beautiful it is.

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I don’t want to overplay my role in this project. David and his father put the whole thing together, and made sure it was level and sturdy. I so appreciate their time. If I had tried to do this on my own, my desk would be much uglier and I probably would have broken something.

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I’ve had it for over a week now, and I just love it. The luxury of having all the space I need to work is the best, and it looks like it was custom built for the space.

  • Gabie

    It looks great, Alison! I’m so glad you have a new desk now :)