Sunday, August 31, 2014

DIY Live Edge Desk With Shelving

Now for the creme de la creme of the office, our custom computer desk. This is going to be a long instructional post so I'll get straight to it....

We started with the base of our old desk. It was still functional and we figured we could just add to it. We like upcycling around here! So we added a piece of wood on either side of the base to make it longer, since this desk would be bigger than our old one.

This is the corner base piece, as you can see in the photo below the two top pieces meet at this corner, so by adding the extra wood we were able to increase the support.

We used our existing black book shelves for the two end bases. These shelves were in the office previoulsy. And we didn't want to lose the shelf space with a bigger desk, so we combined the two to get the best of both worlds!
The bookshelves were originally taller than we wanted for a desk, so the hubby took the top off and used the table saw to cut them down to the height we wanted. We put the top back on the book shelves for added support and then placed the desk top right on top of it.

Here's a view from the other side of the desk. (Nevermind the monster trucks that seem to appear in every picture.)

And the back.

Below is the back where the two pieces of wood meet.

And this view if from the back of the corner, just to give you an idea.

We then painted the entire base of the desk black, we used the same flat black spray paint for the desk as we did for the media console (you can view that post here!) We even painted the bookshelfs. The bookshelfs were already black, but we wanted to ensure the base matched and looked cohesive.

Once the bones of the desk was complete, we started talking cord management. One of the continual issues we had with our old desk was our cats kept playing/sitting on the cords. Also, cords in the office can be a major eyesore. Well, the hubby came up with the brilliant idea of bringing the cords off the ground and attaching them to the underside of the desk.

To make this cord management system dream into a reality, we took a piece of wood and simply screwed velcro straps into it. We also attached a power strip to the board. There are actually two pieces, one for each side of the desk; the long side and the short side. We also painted these boards black to match the base.

And we drilled holes into the base to give the cords a pathway to each side of the desk.

While we were creating cord management we also decided to hide my hubby's computer tower behind one of the bookshelves. The bookshelf on the right side of the desk is pushed forward and a space was created behind the shelf for the computer tower. You can see in the picture below that we added a piece of wood behind the shelf for additional support. (Do you like my hubby's product placement there?)

 We added a piece of wood on the bottom behind the shelf for the computer tower to sit on.

After attaching the tops of the desk we screwed the cord organization boards onto the underside of the top. Here is a view from underneath the desk.

The side of the board with everything attached faces the wall, the empty side faces out. So when you look underneath the desk you don't see any cords, only a black board.

Here is the view from the front of the desk.

We added some cord holes through the top of the desk to allow for computer chargers, lamp cords, etc. A hole was drilled in three different spots: one on the short side in the middle, the corner, and the long side in the middle.

We added these nifty caps that we found at Lowes.

And now for the desk top. We went with a faux live edge. We utilized the same method as The Hunter Interior's tutorial, which you can view here. Pretty much we took a belt sander and went at it.

We used a gel stain for the top. I've never used a gel stain prior to this, but I got to tell you...I won't be going back. The gel stain was easy to put on, easy to wipe the excess, and gave the top a really finished look.

The top of the desk is actually three pieces. The short side is two attached pieces because we needed this side to be wider to match the bookshelf and we couldn't find one piece of wood that wide. So we used two, if you look at the photo below you can see the seam in the middle. But there has been no issue with the seam. 

This desk took about a week to build. The staining and painting took the longest. And it cost less than $100 to make. The three top pieces cost the most. The desk itself is 8 feet long on the longest side and 6 feet long on the shorter side. Because we reused what we had for the base we were able to save some money in wood. The bookshelfs were originally from Walmart at $15 dollars a piece.

Not too shabby for a week of work and less than $100!

And a special thanks to my mom who was in town visiting during this project! We put her to work painting and staining and she did a great job!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Silohuette Shooting Target Artwork aka Cheap Man Cave Artwork

The artwork was sort of a spur of the moment decision that worked out well for us. This was what was on the wall previously. And actually this artwork has been there for a while. The motorcycle print was a b-day gift to the hubby that he took to his office. And the original clipboard art gallery post can be seen here. Although, I admit I do miss Jakey's artwork, but I have plans to hang it in the upstairs hallway.

Nick came home one day and said he switched offices at work and needed a piece of art. After looking around for a while I saw this image on pinterest.

My hubby is pretty manly so I thought this would be perfect for his new man cave. And he quickly agreed.

We made a quick trip to a local shooting range and picked up four targets for $3.00. Seriously, $3 for art!!!

Then we made a quick trip to Michael's Craft store where I picked up four 18X24 frames on sale from $39.99 to $10 each! Four frames for the price of one, yes please!

Hanging them was simple too. I measured the entire wall, took that number and divided it by 5. I think the number I got was 22.5 or something similar. Then I made a dot every 22.5 inches. Next, I measured the distance from the ceiling to the dot to make sure each one was lined up evenly. There you have it! Easy and cheap art!! Perfect for any man cave!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ikea Shelving and Urban Home Chairs

Hi guys, hope the end of summer heat is treating you well. Soak up the sunshine while you can!!! I wanted to give you my sources for the office! 

The shelving is originally Ikea's Vittsjo, which retails for $80. This particular shelf we found on craiglist for half that cost. You can find the link for the shevling here.

I realized after the office post went live that I never introduced you to this blue chair. This was a target find, you can find the link here. I bought the chair for the living room and have not yet shown you the latest pics of the living room. Well, hopefully my house will be clean enough soon to take pics! Anyway, the chair is now back in it's home in the living room, but we will be finding some sort of reading seat to take this spot in the office, but there's def no rush on that!

And lastly, the new desk chairs are from Urban Home. I wanted to give you the source, but will tell you I had terrible problems with their customer service so I won't be providing the link. I do want to keep my blog a positive source though so I won't get into all the drama. But despite the issues I do think the chairs give the office more of a man cave look.

Monday, August 11, 2014

DIY Task Lamp Revamp

I started with this task lamp that I found at Salvation Army for $4. You can't tell in the picture, but it was sort of that old dingy yellowish white. So I gave it a coat of off white rustoleum spray paint. I even painted the springs, but I painted those black.

Next, I added some wood pieces to give it a more modern look. These are craft boards, that can be found at Lowes or Home Depot. I used poplar. I just cut them to length and drill through them. Then I added a screw that I had previously painted black.

Here's a closer up of how all the pieces fit.

The lamp has a smaller range of motion with the added wood, but that's ok because I like the way it looks.

I think I might go back and add more wood to the base to make the look more cohesive.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Man Cave Office Reveal

While making plans for the office my husband notified me that the home office wasn't really turning out to be his man cave like we had originally said it would. So I tried to make it into a man-cave space we could still share, all three of us that is. I already told you that this room is a catchall and that all the stuff seen in the pictures from my last post must be put back into this room. Let me know what you think of the new space...

Yes, those are silhouette shooting targets that we framed. The desk is custom built by us. You can see we added a book shelf on one end (closest one in the photo) for Jakey's books and art supplies. And we added another shelf (under the printer, farthest shelf) for our books and knickknacks.
This room is really hard to photograph. I had to do it in sections. The doorway is at an angle, so I apologize for the weirdly angled shots. Here is what's opposite the desk.

Ok, ok, so this chair doesn't actually live here. It lives in the living room, but we are going to get a chair or bean bag or something to sit on while reading, we just haven't yet.

For the life of me I could not find any before pics. We didn't get a chance to take any due to the pipe leak. And these are the only two pics I found even taken in the office. Maybe you can get an idea of the hot mess that was our office (if you can get past the cuteness that is Jakey of course)!

I think I never took pics in here because I hated it, lol!!! Well, here's what it looked like about a month ago!

And the after again...