Saturday, January 29, 2011

"D" is for Desk #2

I built Grandpa a new desk.

Here's what we started with, a little corner nook with a wall that jogged back and a window and radiator on one side:

In order to make the best use of the space I designed the desk to fit exactly the length of the wall and snug in between the wall and radiator.

The plan is based off of Ana White's cubby desk although I modified the size and added the hutch shelf piece.

If you're ever looking to build a furniture piece Ana's site is your best starting point.  The plans are detailed with graphic drawings and lots of measurements on the drawings which makes it easy to modify for your space and size requirements.
Here I am putting together the drawer:

All together in the buff, sanded and ready for stain and paint:

Good view of the drawer:

Desk surface got two coats Minwax cherry stain plus finishing paste:

All remaining parts got:
 1. one coat Kilz primer
2. two coats Behr off white satin
3. distressed with 220 grit sandpaper
4. Minwax cherry stain
5. one coat Minwax satin poly

Added an open shelf under the right side, which would've been unused space due to the radiator:

Added a hutch shelf on top for books (only a few Grandpa, not your whole collection), an undermount light and some cork space for pictures and notes:

drawer with hardware:

Good view of window and radiator sticking out:

from the side:

before and after:

Now Grandpa (and Grandma) have a designated workspace made to fit:

I'm linking up to:

Furniture Feature Fridays Sawdust and Paper Scraps The DIY Show Off Shanty2Chic


Lisa said...

What a great job! It fits perfect in that space!

fawndear said...

Very Clever! Made-to-Fit are so much more satisfying than shopping-to-fit.

Rachael said...

Wow great work!! The desk looks beautiful! Would love to see you on my weekend linky party :)

Debber Doo said...

Wow you do GREAT work!

School Street Primitives said...

You are a sweet granddaughter!