I wanted a desk with a lot of counter space and storage area. I googled "homemade desk" and found lots of cool ideas. This one was inspired by estherthedog.com I went to Restore and found 3 awesome cabinets, about $100 for all 3. Good thing I always keep a tape measure in my purse! I went to the hardware store and picked up 4-2x6x8s. It took me forever to find 4 perfect boards that fit together just right and didn't have any major defects. The guy next to me looked puzzled and finally asked what I was making. He clearly thought I was crazy and said " good luck!" Once I got home I sanded each board really well.
I attached all the boards with some pieces of scrap wood. Tony always complains that I don't give him props for helping so here we go. Tony did a great job holding the boards together while I attached the scrap pieces to them! Basically, he did a good job doing something I told him to do.
This time I went with a stain plus poly so I could get this done in one step. The downside of using this stuff is that there are horrible fumes. But overall I really liked this product. It creates a beautiful color and the protective coat is so shiny. I did two coats lightly sanding between. This was after the first coat.
For sanding I used the liquid sandpaper/deglosser, same thing I used for the kitchen cabinets. Sanding without the mess! (The gun was used for entertainment only, when I was waiting for the paint to dry.)
I wanted to point out that one of the cabinets was not as deep as the other two. This was great because it leaves a space where the vent and outlet are. So we have complete access to those. I totally planned that.
I attached the 2x6s to the cabinets using L brackets and that's it. Later I will bring in the computer and some other stuff. I love how this looks, plus tons of storage space. Right now we have it away from the wall a bit because the folks from the phone company are coming to hook up our new internet!! woo hoo!
Wah-lah! That's it! This desk measures 8' long, so plenty of space for crafts and camera stuff. Total project was about $130. See, guy at the hardware store? Not crazy.
Now, to shop for a couple chairs.