Aaahhh yeah Operation De-Crap Room in full effect. Except one small detail. I’m moving my office out of, well, my office and moving into the dining room. If you missed the most embarrassing photo I’ve ever shown then you’ll want to view it here.
I know, I know. What kind of crazy transforms a dining room into a
crap craft room?
My kind of crazy that’s who. 😉
Here’s the scoop. Big Daddy and I aren’t “Jeeves can you bring us our hamburgers into the dining room” kind of people. We also don’t have family in the area so no need for the big holiday table. When we moved in I knew we weren’t going to use the dining room as a dining room so I dubbed it the “coffee shop”. I envisioned a library-esque with comfy club chairs kind of room. However, since we moved in I’ve made no progress in that room.
Enter my big idea.
I decided to move out and into the dining room and allow Big Daddy to move out of the back office and into my office. Then we would convert the back office into a dedicated guest room. Make sense?
Big Daddy’s office is in the back of the house and even with two windows it’s a bit dim. While my office on the other hand is in the front and has one very large window. My office is cheery and bright and his is more ’bout to get down with my bad self in this dimly lit martini bar.
What’s with all these references anyways? We don’t drink martinis or coffee. Literary license I suppose.
I originally bought these two white cabinets (along with a bookshelf) for 50 bones last year off of Craigslist. I loved the clean white look and the simple modern lines. These beauties have been playing musical
chairs cabinets all over my house. And every time I thought it would work in the space, it just didn’t.
One of my last ideas was to place a 8ft long board on top of each cabinet to create a pretty craft desk.
Each cabinet is 33″H x 30″W x 17″D. Even though the depth of my cabinets isn’t a lot, it’s plenty big enough for me to get crafty.
The process is pretty simple. I decided I wanted the entire unit to span the length of the wall which is about 8ft. Big Daddy and I went to Home Depot and found a white melamine predrilled shelf (I think they use these to build closet shelves) that was 1″ x 16″ x 8′. Perfect!
But what wasn’t so perfect was that white top. I wanted something a bit rustic to balance out the modern design of the cabinets. Of course, Big Daddy and I discussed the possibility of using several pine boards and attaching them to each other as a table top but in the end I didn’t have the clamps needed and we didn’t want to spend more money. The big clamps are really expensive!
Big Daddy was/is ultra worried about the middle sagging which is another reason he wanted to use one strong board. After a little pouting I finally conceded.
But I wasn’t going down without a
fight Plan B.
To get the wood top I was looking for I headed over to the tongue and groove pine wood paneling and found something similar to this. A pack included 6, 8ft. boards that were unfinished and ready to be stained.
I used the same process and the same Dark Walnut stain as I did in my DIY Sofa Table.
I bought a tube of Heavy Duty Adhesive or Liquids Nails and a caulking gun and went to town. You’ll have about 10 minutes to adjust before it begins it’s heavy duty adhesive thang.
This part was a bit tricky because I had to center the boards but I also had to make sure their tongue and grooves were snug.
You’ll need access to a few very heavy objects that you can weigh down the pine boards overnight.
We still need to drill the top into the the cabinets and I need to find trim to fit around the top but it looks good and it’s already functional.
Budget Break Down:
1 8ft. Melamine Board-$25
1 Pk. Pine Tongue and Groove Paneling-$16
Stain and Poly-$0 (had it on hand)
2 Base Cabinets-$16 (had it on hand from previous purchase)
I’m calling this project at $48 bucks. Definitely more than I wanted to spend but still not bad when you’re talking about an 8ft craft desk with storage.
So, what do you think is Operation De-Crap Room getting the job done? If you have organizational tips for the office lay it on me!