Favorite “PINS” Friday!

August 15, 2013 AT 10:06 pm 8 Comments

Happy Friday, y’all!

I hope you have had a great week! Smile

We are headed to the Ky State Fair tomorrow for Jonathan to compete in the Coca-Cola talent competition.  It is the semi-finals, so I will let you know how he does!

Here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week!

Enjoy!

leather sofa

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Yellow adds the perfect amount of color to this living space

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Bathroom with coastal touches

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We love this built-in window bench in this soft dining area! More built-in banquette ideas: http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/eat-in-kitchen/built-in-banquette-ideas/?socsrc=bhgpin081513cozybanquette

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DIY Faux Chalkboard Bathroom Storage and Towel Hooks via Makely School for Girls

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simple fall vignette

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stunning bath alcove

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love this

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Reese's Butterfinger Cheesecake Bars from MyRecipeMagic.com

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Have a blessed weekend!


 


DIY Office Desk and Window Seats–Part One

August 15, 2013 AT 6:07 am 12 Comments

 

I have so much to show you in my new office room!!!

We have a done a ton of work in this room that I haven’t even posted about on my blog.

There is so much to show you, I am going to have to break it down into several posts.

So today, I am going to start with showing you how Cy made the wall to wall desks in my office.

I LOVE a lot of desk space, so I love having built in desks all around my office.

diy office desk

 

This is about a 12×12 foot room.  It was Jonathan and Luke’s room when we first moved into our home two years ago.  When Jonathan and Luke finally moved upstairs in the new addition, the office was a “junk room” and looked like this…

office makeover "before"

We started working on the closet in this room first.  Remember this project?…

closet

Once I finished the craft closet, I couldn’t wait to work on the rest of the room!

So we cleared everything out and ripped up the nasty, stained carpet.  We were going to sand and paint the subfloor, but then we decided to cover it with Rustoleum’s Restore.

It’s a durable coating that is usually used on decks and outdoor surfaces.  It is an AWESOME product, but we weren’t crazy about it the look of it for my office.  Plus, we read on the box after we had already used it, that it was for exterior use only.  oops.  So we decided to paint the concrete with floor paint.  {We painted the floor tan AFTER we painted the desks and window seats.}

We are still not 100% crazy about it, but it is better than the nasty carpet.  It’s super easy to sweep up a mess on.  Down the road, we may do something different, but not right now.

After we finished the floor, Cy got to building me the desk plan that I had in my head.  He made me draw it on paper, and then he went to work!

Cy used 3/4 inch birch plywood from Lowe’s to create the desk tops and window seats.

diy office desk

The desk tops are supported underneath by 2×4 cleats that were screwed to the studs in the wall.

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The next step was to attached the trim pieces using wood glue and finish nails.  You can use any type of trim piece you want for this part.

diy office desk

All of the edges of the desk were trimmed out with the same trim piece.

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For the trim on the fronts of the window seats, Cy used 1×2 poplar boards.

diy office desk

He added ball feet from Lowes to the bottoms of the window seats, and under the base cabinet on the other side of the room.

diy office desk

He also added the 1×2 poplar boards to the tops of the window seats to create arm rests.

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Then I filled all the nail holes and cracks with paintable wood filler.

 

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After the wood filler was dry, I sanded it smooth with 220 grit sand paper.

Here is what it looked like before we painted it.  This is the corner you see right when you enter the room.

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Here is a look at the other side of the room…

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The last thing we did was to paint the desk and window seats white.  I used my HomeRight Finish Max paint sprayer to get the job done.  It was amazing how quickly I was able to get the whole room painted!

 

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So the bottom part of my office was finished, but I still wanted to add some upper cabinets to this space.

 

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Next week, in Part Two, I will show you how we made some new upper cabinets for my office!

Stay tuned….


 





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