I know you are going to be surprised at this….but I have brilliant ideas every day.
I’m always thinking of them.
The challenge is…..97.25% of them don’t work out.
But every now and then….once in a blue moon….an idea comes along that actually works.
Like this idea for a built in desk.
And then….I totally amaze myself.
I amaze myself with an idea that is easier and simpler and looks better than I ever imagined.
This is the successful story of one of the 2.75% ideas that worked out.
Here’s the before of the craft room.
In its glory day it was a tanning bed room.
People from all over the county would come to the beauty shop for a cut and curl and a tan.
The room measures only 6 feet wide by 11.4 feet deep.
Perfect for a craft room.
We started by pulling up that black and white linoleum.
(total aside: I love black and white linoleum….just not some linoleum that is pulling away from the wall and oddly smells like a tanning bed).
Next we pulled off the baseboards and primed the floor.
(total aside number 2: the pronoun “we” is a little misleading….I was the supervisor).
Then we laid down peel and stick tile in a diagonal pattern.
(total aside number 3: peel and stick is a great option on a budget leaving plenty of $$ left over for a brilliant idea)
(total aside number 4: a “total aside” is so much better than just an “aside.”)
I wanted built-in cabinets….but to hire a carpenter is so expensive and this is a budget craft room.
And the room is so narrow that there is only a 15″ clearance on either side of the door and cabinets that you buy off the shelf typically have a 24″ depth.
Enter brilliant idea number 1,345,678.
We bought four upper cabinets off the shelf at the home improvement store.
These cabinets measure 30″ high x 18″ wide x 12″ deep.
Four cabinets fit perfectly along the wall with a 21″ space between each one.
Four cabinets created three desk areas with plenty of storage.
Just make sure when you install them the doors are going the right way.
(total aside number 5: not that anyone would have forgotten to check that around here).
We made sure all the cabinets were level, shimmed them where needed and attached them to the wall.
Then we simply added a 1″ piece of MDF that was cut to 14″ wide for the desk top.
This allowed a little overhang and made it look like a custom built-in.
All we have left to do is add trim moldings to the bottom and add a piece of super thin plywood to the sides to cover the press board and then caulk and paint the built-ins.
Normally my brilliant ideas take days or weeks or months.
Or never at all.
But this one….we finished in an afternoon.
Good thing “we” are so handy. 🙂
PS If the rest of my brilliant ideas work out I should be able to show you the finished craft room next week.
PPS I wanted to announce the winners of the Blogging Extravaganza Giveaway!
Thank you so much to everyone who entered!