Are you ready for one of my favorite DIY projects ever?
Yep, my boyfriend and I built a desk! Actually, he did most of the building. I was mostly just an extra set of hands to hold pieces together during assembly.
We used the Fancy X-Desk plans from Ana White. The plans were great, but I’d suggest reading the comments before starting on a project. For example: the plans call for five 2’x4’s, but you really need six. Luckily someone wrote that in the comments or I would have had to go back to the store…and I would have been annoyed!
We also had trouble with a couple of the measurements, but maybe it was just us (although one of the comments mentions the same issue).
You’ll notice that our back pieces face a different direction than the plans. We cut those pieces as described, but they didn’t fit correctly so we just screwed them onto the back. No biggie.
Once the desk was built I used stainable putty to fill in any holes and then I stained the desk using Minwax Dark Walnut. We let the desk air out for a couple days (stain has a really strong odor) and then moved it into the office. It fit perfectly!
(Ignore all the cords/modem/router behind the desk)
Both of us are pretty proud of our build and happy to have our own desk space. Now I just need to bring in some accessories and storage. You’ll also notice that I finished the second yellow paint-dipped chair!
Finally, the office is actually functional for two people! And with that, another project is crossed off the to-do list (but another project has been added...it never ends):
Sell current desk on Craigslist
Replace outlets and switches with white ones
Buy pair of desk lamps
Buy and paint file cabinet
Cords/modem/router solution – newly added
Mount TV on the wall
Create a gallery wall around the TV
Build pallet artwork
Buy sleeper sofa
Buy/build end table