Wednesday, August 26, 2009

how to

one: ignore the mess. i gave up earlier today.

two: here's how to make a big ass desk for cheap

i went to lowes and bought two pieces of stain ready pine. one is 2' by 6' and the other is 2' by 4'. i sanded them b/c brian made me, but you don't have to unless your husband is a carpenter nazi.

i stained them with one small can of walnut stain and put two coats of polyeurothane over that.

then i used small metal plate bracers (which look like a small sheet of metal pegboard) and screws to join the two pieces together to make the L-shape

=big ass desk

you'll just need two, or three if you go with an L, pieces of the same height to sit the desk top on.

if you build it, prowler will sit on it and about it.


Leslie said...

man, it's always a flurry of activity over there, jamie! love your desk, and believe me, that is NOT messy. price perfect (cheap). size rocks.

brynalexandra said...

fabulous stain!!!

Jennifer said...

love it! and the mess.

CJ said...

Good idea -- you can also use a hollow core interior door that hasn't had the knob hold drilled yet.

Yansy said...

I just love your desk! I might just have make a desk of my own.

P.S. I have the ikat bowl from anthro and I love it.

my favorite and my best said...

it is very good. prowler is very bad. as only good cats can be.

Jennifer said...

I may be stealing this.

Louisa said...

I love the desk and will be stealing the idea. Where did you find your desk chair? It looks comfy.

wesley's mom (sue) said...

I love it! And if that's what you call a mess. You'd die over the current state of my desk.

honey living said...

great job staining!

Lauren said...

Looks good! Where did you get the cabinets for underneath? And how much did the project end up costing?

katiedid said...

I like your mess better than my mess.

amy said...


Erin Gates said...

Love it! My desk is way too small and disgusting and I need SPACE for no $$$ (because those glass topped chrome sawhorse desks I covet cost as much as a car.)

Tracey said...

Great idea! Did you attach the pine to the shelves/drawer pieces at all? If not, are there issues with it moving around? And I'm also curious where you got the pieces underneath!

i suwannee said...

the top is just sitting on the shelves/drawers. it's stable without being affixed.

the bottom pieces came from target. it's some crafting collection that you can buy different pieces of... drawers, nooks, files, etc.

missysue said...


I was curious of what you used to put the pieces of wood together. I'm not sure what the metal brace things are that you referred to. Thanks!

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