My New Craft Room: The Work Station

With the walls painted, it was time to address the work station. I considered the surface space that seemed comfortable. I wanted enough room to spread out but not so big that it would overpower the room. I decided 22" by 48" would work just fine. As it happened, we had an old, laminated desktop–leftover from another re-do–out in the garage accumulating dust. It was on the big size, so MWT* trimmed it down to size.

I also knew I wanted two pedestals with drawers to hold up the desktop. I found 11" x 10 ½ " x 10 ½" navy blue fabric drawers on sale at Target for $5.99 that would, again, do just fine. (As the cube drawers are only 10 ½" deep, I will have room in the rear of the 22" deep pedestal for little used equipment or space enough to add additional drawers behind as need might arise.) We took pencil to paper once again, designing the pedestals to fit the drawers. After that was settled upon, MWT went to work measuring, ripping and assembling a sheet of 3/4" MDF into shape.

My New Craft Room: The Work Station

As always, when construction was competed, MWT sanded down the project and then handed it off to me for finishing. I chose to prime the piece with an interior, oil base primer and then followed up with three coats of white, latex semi-gloss, sanding with 220 grit sandpaper between coats to get the smoothest finish possible.

Tomorrow: A Comfy Place To Sit

*MWT: Man With Tools



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DIY Maven on Jul 25, 2007:

Paint can make ANYTHING match. It's the best!

baconthecat on Jul 24, 2007:

Ah! This is how the desk got made! And how you got everything to match perfectly! Heh, heh, I now have one of Maven's secrets! SCORE!!

jasimar on May 11, 2007:

If it had to be done, then it was well worth the effort.  I am naive and inexperienced in the art of priming.  Primer just looks like white paint to me.  But the desk is fabs and I will definitely look up a primer on.. erm, priming!

DIY Maven on May 10, 2007:

The oil-base primer was a Benjamin Moore product and it was recommended as the best to use for this type of application per my Ace Hardware paint expert lady. Believe me, I was not thrilled as oil-based anything makes me ill. I just opened all the windows, turned on a fan and took one for the team. And yes, I became a little ill. But doesn't the desk look great! ;)

jasimar on May 10, 2007:

love love love it. but may i ask, why the oil based primer? 

bruno on May 08, 2007:

That looks great! I love the fabric drawers.

substance12 on May 08, 2007:

not bad at all :)  looks nice.

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