Finally! I get to share my excitement! I’ve been harboring these exclamation points for far too long!!
SO, to the beginning we go. I already wrote about this but just as a reminder my dad and I searched for some pre-made cabinets that would work but since the 2 sides of the windows were uneven we needed to custom make something. And we couldn’t find anything. And we’re impatient people. So away we went. (We = Dad). I filled and painted them once he was finished building them as he went home and made the tops. We decided to use oak flooring and stain them to match the woodwork in the house. I know I said too much wood already, but since we’re going to a built-in look I agreed that was a good idea.
Dad had some woes but in the end made 2 beautiful desk tops. I found some skinny metal file drawers at IKEA for $40 a pop and bought two, so all we had to do was connect them with the desk tops and wham bam thank you ma’am! Obviously nothing ever happens that easily.
Some issues we ran into:
1- The file cabinets were way too short. No big deal! Dad wanted to build them up and add the same floor boards that the cabinets had to make them look like they were a couple.
2- The house has settles enough that fitting something square into the corner wasn’t a possibility. Solution: Get them in there enough to make them look right, then add a piece of finishing boar to the top back and top side of the desk (where it should meet the wall) to cover the gap.
3- Dad forgot to account for the existing floorboards, so the width of the desk was about ½” too short. No big deal… above finishing boards covered that Oops.
4- Me + pneumatic nail gun. ‘Nuff said. Seth coined Dad “nail whisperer”as he had to go coax in several of my (our) mistakes throughout the day
That’s about it for the big problems we encountered. In the end I think they’re great! I guess it’s not “the end” yet. Still to do:
-Sand & touch up base boards
-Fill nail holes on desk top
-Add finishing pieces to cover gaps between desk and walls
-Add a slide-out drawer for the printer
-Add a slide-out built-in file holder
-Add doors to the cabinets
-Hang some motha stinkin art up in here.
-Add window seat…. Whoa surprise! We’re also planning on adding in a window seat that will connect the two desks and make it look “built in.” There is a big gap between the back of the file cabinets and the wall where Jackson currently likes to crawl through:
But will soon become a little book cubby. How sweet will that be? We’re not set on if the bench will have a storage option or not. I of course want everything in my home to have a storage option but I don’t know how much more I can squeeze out of Dad, so it might be a plain ol’ bench. With a supa pretty (I SWEAR not beige) cushion. Does greige count?? OK OK I’ll do something fun. Maybe a print. Yikes. I think I have hives.
Like I’ve said a million times, I’m really excited and love these. Jackson also approves. However, he has now figured out how to pull those chairs to the couches and climb on them. The unfortunate part is he doesn’t understand that running back and forth on the couch usually ends in tears…. Ah toddlers. And hey, how ‘bout those chairs? Gorg, eh? I found them at Junk-Palooza that I attended with my mom and a few girlfriends a couple of months back. They came with a really neat table too but I was being good (it might have been Savings September or No-Spend November) and just got the chairs. I think I paid $40 for both? They came from an estate sale and I bought them from two guys named Durt & Dusty. It doesn’t get more legit than that.
So far the desk on the left (we’ll call her Baby A… more on that later) is more creative and inspiring. It’s where I have my photos, some design books, and other artsy stuff. The one on the right (he’ll be Baby B) is where we have the computer and all the techy stuff that comes with it. I had a phenomenal time organizing everything and am far from done. It’s all about function these days so I want to make sure it all makes sense. And I don’t have to commit to anything. They’re only a few feet apart after all. (Note: This is a pic right after I loaded them up. They are much more organized and pretty now!) (And we did put the air nailer away, though I was certain we had more use for it. I kind of love him.)