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So I woke up yesterday morning. I got the kids squared away with a food, clean diapers and an activity. The toddler was remarkably entertaining the baby and so I knew that I had a couple of minutes to sit down and let some creative juices flow! I sat down and my stress level elevated. Even my heart rate sky rocketed (according to my fit bit)…side note…I LOVE my fitbit! This is the one I have and it is awesome…
Sorry…talk about a “squirrel” moment.
Anyways…the reason for the increased stress? My work space! My desk was a complete mess and I couldn’t even think!
My hubby and I had two mismatching desks. His was too low for his chair, but he refused to believe it. So every 10 minutes or so he was thrust his chair forward hitting his desk and the whole desk would rock back and forth. My desk on the other hand was wobbling. I was sit down and the whole thing would shake left to right! I just couldn’t do it anymore!
So I grabbed a few measurements and I packed up the kids and I was on the hunt for a solution.
I traveled around Salem all day long. We ended up stopping by at 7 different thrift stores, Kmart and Lowes. We finally found everything that we were searching for.
It took me so long, because I found a filing cabinet I wanted to use, but then I couldn’t find anything else that matched it! I finally settled on this wood filing cabinet. One of them was $7 from Goodwill and the other was $5 from a local thrift store.
I bought two cans (for $.99) at Lowes. I choose the color black.
I also bought these brackets at Lowes for $8 total.
(Excuse my messy counters)
I also found a big piece of plywood in my shed. So that was completely free!
AND it was already painted! Like how did I get so lucky!
The first thing that I did was paint the cabinets.
It only looks patchy because of the flash, but it looks better than this 🙂
While I waited for the paint to dry I decided to cut and prepare the top of the desk.
The BEST thing about creating a custom desk is well…ITS CUSTOM! So you get to decide how tall it is (based on how tall you choose your cabinets) and how wide, or long it is. The huge problem with our last desks were the sizes. So I decided to make our desk taller, wider and longer. I chose the filing cabinets to be 29 inches the tall, the desk to be 29 inches wide and 8 feet long. I wanted a big desk in which my husband and I could share! We have always wanted a really big desk, but big desks were always so much money we couldn’t afford anything that we wanted.
So I marked the big piece of plywood so I would be cutting a strip that was 29 inches by 8 feet.
I then used a jigsaw in order to cut the board.
We placed the filing cabinets in their spaces (make sure they are dry)!
We then used the brackets to brace the board up on t he bottom so that it would disperse the weight due to the massive length and the weight on top.
Make sure you use a stud finder to find the studs in order to place the brackets on a stuff instead of drywall (that will not help in carrying the weight).
I made my husband help me, because I was getting mad at the stud finder.
LOOK! So much better! 🙂
We set up our computers and it looks so much cleaner. I actually feel like I can be more creative!
Here is my side of the desk!
This is the final product of the desk! I am so happy with it. We were going to drill a hole through the desk to string the cords through, but we have small children and I didn’t want them to grab the cords if they were om the ground. We also already have a convenient plug (as you can see) near our computer. Ugly…but more functional!
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