Built-In Desk

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Project by WOODCEPTUAL posted 08-17-2013 03:43 PM 1678 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I do love me some built-ins!! Architectural elements add a personality and a craftsmanship to your home that freestanding furniture can’t do on it’s own. That’s why I’m always looking for an excuse to build some! A perfect example is our living room, which is a long rectangle & our furniture arrangement works best as a square, giving me a few feet behind the couch to play with. In comes the built-in desk I made…

I simply built four shallow base cabinets for my built-in desk. The slim cabinets only needed to be 15 1/2″ deep, just enough space to accommodate my family’s laptop. I also incorporated charging station shelves in the far right cabinet for my phone and my little guys’ Nintendo + the top of that cabinet, along with the marble on top, has a 2 1/2″ hole to allow cords for lighting and electronics through. Once built, I slapped two coats of Behr ‘Polar Bear’ white paint on and waited for the granite top to be cut. The gorgeous grayish green piece of granite was, lucky for me, near free since hubby had an awesome connection to a scrap yard through his tile business. I still can’t get over how pretty the stone is! I also made myself a gallery wall with my favorite Art, (Drifting I & Drifting II by Jane Bellows from Gallery Direct) along with shelves I’ve refinished, silhouettes I drew of my little guys, and treasured family photos. Needless to say, it is now my favorite spot in our home!

I still have to caulk some spots, fill some picture frames, and I might eventually build Shaker cabinet doors & file drawers, but, for now, I am in love! Have you tackled any built-ins lately?

-- The only difference between try and triumph is a little umph... and many a splinter in the hands! ;)

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#1 posted 08-17-2013 03:45 PM

I love built-ins too! Nice work.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 08-17-2013 06:15 PM

Nice, very nice. Great job, and the white paint sets off the green granite very well. Looks great.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 08-17-2013 10:20 PM

good work !!!!

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#4 posted 08-19-2013 08:11 PM

I really like the clean lines of your desk. You did a great job of blending it in with the existing decor.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 08-21-2013 03:52 PM

Great looking built in! Very well designed and nice colors complementing the whole room.

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