Length of time for project: weekend, maybe two
What you’ll need:
2" x 2" x 8' boards (6)
1" x 10" x 10' (2) and one 6' board
1" x 8" x 8" (4)
pocket hole screws and kreg jig
Black paint- quart (satin finish)
Polyurethane (satin finish)
What I learned:
It is best to use two pocket holes on the 2x2s. It can be hard to get two pocket holes side by side on a 2x2, but if you don't the pieces will rotate with movement and it won't be super sturdy. Also, wood glue should be used at every connection.
Paint with a sprayer: saves time, money (less paint), and gives a great finish! This is definitely an optional step if you don't want to commit to a paint sprayer just yet. But if you've been thinking about it, I highly recommend!
Literally months have been lost on looking for the perfect desk. Combing Pinterest, online shops, yardsales; I’ve literally looked everywhere. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t exist! Not saying there aren’t hundreds of lovely stylish desks out there, but are they really perfect in size, design, color, organization for your particular space? Chances are, they probably aren’t.
Enter-the Instagram challenge. As a relatively new blogger and new Instagramer, I was scrolling my feed one day and came across an Instagram builders challenge. I was instantly intrigued. You know the moment when you read something and you are like, was this written just for me??!! And wouldn’t you know it, the builders challenge was a desk this go around. Instantly I knew I had to join and be a part of it.
The way this challenge works is they provide you with a plan as inspiration. You can take that plan and make it exactly to the list of specifications or you can make any modifications you like as long as they can still somewhat see your inspiration in the piece (i.e. don’t build a chair if they are looking for a desk). Our office needed an L shaped desk to provide more table space for my tornado, ahem- husband, to work and maintain an orderly space. Also, in order to maximize table space, I knew I wanted printer storage below the tabletop.
The plans came from DIY Huntress and you can check them out here. In the original design there is a panel on the left side and three drawers on the right hand side. For my design, I swapped things around putting the panel on the right side and adding the storage section on the far left. In the middle, I added a L-shaped support piece to help support the corner of the desk while keeping the chair side free from any legs.
The plan called for a 2 x 2 wood frame and I stayed true to this in my design. The 2x2s have a bit of an industrial vibe (I think they mimic metal when painted black or stained dark), it is relatively inexpensive, and it is pretty light weight which makes it easy to work with and move around.
To start, I worked on building the side bases. I wanted a bit of overlap of my desktop over the sides of the base rather than flush like the original design. So after calculating my desk top measurements (which I discuss in more detail below), I used those measurements and deducted about an inch in order to give a 0.5” overhang all the way around.