The Cofran Home
The Cofran Home
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Built-In Desk Reveal


We recently did a three room makeover by painting and adding wainscoting. It REALLY made such a difference in our house and we’ve been LOVING the facelift! What I didn’t show you, was the BIG nook in our family room that we left out of our makeover! Beware…. It’s pretty ugly.

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We purposely did not add wainscoting, or paint this poor sad corner, because we knew it’s day was coming… and I’m happy to say – that day is today! Before I get to the good stuff, let me show you a before picture.... YIKES! Pretty bad, right?!

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My husband and I decided the project was a little too big for us to tackle on our own, so we hired our friend who specializes in woodworking to build the desk for us. We worked very close with him on the design of the desk, because we knew EXACTLY what we wanted. He worked for weeks building the separate pieces of the desk at his shop, and when all the pieces were ready, he came to our house and installed it. We cleared out the space before he came, so it was all ready for the transformation!

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He removed the trim temporarily and installed the desk piece by piece.

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I knew I was IN LOVE the first time I saw it installed... and it wasn't even painted yet!

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Our neighbor is a professional painter and has a sprayer (it is so quick and easy!), so we asked him to come over and spray the desk for us. My husband installed the hardware and it really just finished off the look!

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Then it was time for the fun part... using it!

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I picked up most of the accessories from Home Goods and Target. I'm planning on putting a bulletin board or calendar in the space above the computer - I just haven't quite decided what I want there yet!

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  • Lisadoll
    on Dec 26, 2018

    i notice this post is 2 yrs old...

    Great looking built -ins.

    About the "computer" space-

    Just curious: Did you hesitate just long enough so that your husband slapped his big screen TV in that space one day while you were grocery shopping?!

  • Lisa West
    on Jan 1, 2019

    Very nice. What did you in the empty space above the computer.

  • Mamcd
    on Jan 2, 2019

    Love this! How large was your wall space? The size of the cabinets and shelving? Thank you.

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  • Jodie
    on Jan 1, 2019

    Looks Amazing !!! I’d put a nice sized mirror in that space to reflect the natural light, you can tape things to a Mirror as needed for reminders !!!

  • Debbie
    on Apr 2, 2019

    Love this! I plan to try this in my home office.

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