I have been begging my husband to agree to the idea of purchasing a desk for me to get my work from home journey off to a good start. He has never really bought into the idea that another piece of furniture added to our already clutter life would be worth it. He just couldn’t visualize where this desk would go and how it would not obstruct surrounding space on our second level. Well, I knew exactly how this would work, I just needed him to trust my vision. I knew if he was home he would find a way to divert and sabbatoge my progress, so I waited until he wasn’t home to get started.
My vision was simple, I wanted my desk to be sturdy and equipped to hold a printer and office supplies. I didn’t want the desk to be too big and bulky. My husband was right, it shouldn’t take up much space. Then, I came across this Pinterest post showcasing a desk that was made from 2 x 4 and a few wood panels one morning. Starring at the photo, I was trying to figure out how this desk was put together. It looked rather simple. Without any instructions, I looked at each component of the desk to understand how it was put together. An overwhelming feeling came over me. I immediately got an urge to create a replica of this desk. It seemed all I needed was a few screens and brackets to hold the wood slabs together.
Let’s get started!
Understand, I am not the craftiest person and by no means am I handy with drills and saws. However, there was something about this project that I felt I could do. It looked manageable and in some crazy way, easy.
I measured how high I wanted the desk to be and wrote the height measurement down. This would be the number I would give to the employee at Lowes to cut my 2 x 4 (priced at $3.52). I purchased two 2 x 4’s, one for each side. Then I bought three wood panels and had them cut to size for my project ($10 each). Lastly, I bought, wood stain, hand sanders (three types to smooth the wood), and nails (total around $20).
It took me three hours to get the supplies, sand and stain the wood. My husband came home just in time to share is an opinion on my progress. To my surprise, he was impressed. He actually led a hand and pulled out his electric saw to make some last minute adjustments to my measurements. He also helped with nailing the panels to the 2 x 4. I may have started this project, but we finished as a team. I am so excited about my new desk. What I like most is the sturdiness and texture of the real wood. I’m confident this desk will last longer than anything I would have bought. It’s definitely a welcomed addition to the second floor.