Saturday, January 29, 2011

DIY Simple Desk with Hutch

A new desk for Granpa built to fit a funky little space plus a bonus hutch on top:

diy simple desk with hutch

diy simple desk with hutch

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

desk space before

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.

diy simple desk with hutch

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

simple desk hutch with corkboard

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:

assembly of desk drawer

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

diy simple desk built and ready for finish

Good view of the drawer:

diy simple desk built and ready for finish

The desk surface got two coats of Minwax cherry stain plus finishing paste:

simple desk top using premade 2' x 4' pine panel

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

simple desk top using premade 2' x 4' pine panel

simple desk top using premade 2' x 4' pine panel

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

hard drive shelf under desk

Added a hutch shelf on top for books and an undermount light and some cork space for pictures and notes:

diy hutch with undermount light and book ledge

Everybody needs a desk drawer for all the random small bits:

diy simple desk with single drawer

Good view of window and radiator sticking out:

simple desk made to fit custom spot

simple desk made to fit custom spot

from the side:

diy simple desk for NYC apartment

before and after:

desk space in nyc apartmentdiy simple desk for NYC apartment

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

diy simple desk for NYC apartment

5 comments:

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!