Category Archives: Scrap Area

Step 1: Desk

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Although some of the pictures and information are already available, I thought I would put it all in one spot.

Finished Product

THE CUTS

3/4″ plywood cuts: used 2 different 4×8 sheets
-30″ x 72″
– 24″ x 42″

2×4 cuts: used nine 8′ long 2x4s
Short desk –
two – 36″ (legs)
two -24″ (leg supports)
three – 21″
two – 42″

Large Desk –
four – 36″ (legs)
two -30″ (leg supports)
one -68 7/8″ (leg supports)
two – 72″
four – 27″

THE PARTS

Aaron found the info on how to build the base.  We used lap joints along the top corners.

Large desk -30" deep x 72" wide and 36 3/4" tall - Back view

Large desk - bottom joint

Lap Joint

large desk - holes where the small desk attaches with bolts. There are 2 sets of these holes on the desk so I can rearrange and have the "L" facing the other direction.

2 ft x 3.5 ft desk on it's side.

painted and upright view of the small desk


THE PROCESS

Once built, I used wood putty over the screws and then primed it with a primer and sealer (Kiltz Primer and Sealer) twice on the legs (2x4s) and three times on the plywood. I made sure to find a primer that also seals because it blocks wood gains and knots. Next I painted it white and sanded it with 150 grit. Lastly I sprayed the top with Minwax Polyurethane (Semi-Gloss.) I sprayed it 4 times, sanding with 220 grit in-between per directions on the can.

Desk is DONE!

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All put together!

Desk set up for how I will use it temporarily.

Doesn’t it look small once things start pilling up on it?

more temporary storage

Black shelf has embellishments that will be transfered to the topper. The brown shelf (minus paint supplies on top) will eventually be stored on my “mess” cart (misting, painting, stamping and embossing.) We do not plan on making this for awhile…. so i have plenty of time to plan the perfect set-up ! 😀

Even more temporary storage.

Still a mess, but this stuff will eventually be stored on my rollout paper cart.

I will post again tonight with a more detailed information about the desk.

Primed and Painted

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Well, both desks are primed and painted! I think it is looking great. I have to wait 4 hours for it to dry and then go through and make sure I did not have any drips… if so, i will need to sand and then paint again. After that I have a spray polyurethane to cover the top of the desk.
If there are no drips we can put the desk together tomorrow!!

Time to paint!

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6 ft long x 2.5 ft deep x just over 3' tall (about counter height)

 This and the second desk (2 ft deep and 3.5 ft wide) are built and now I am priming them! I will post the next set of pictures soon!!!

Until then,
Liz

Scrapping Soon To Be Reestablished

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A long time ago I enjoyed the hobby of scrapbooking. Then after one vacation I lost all my notes and sketches for my scrapbook plans… along with it I lost my scrap mojo.  I tried working on projects. I finished a previous vacation book, and every time i looked at it i was disappointed with the lack of creativity.  After that I only did a few layouts as gifts, all the while wishing and wanting to get stuff done. In that time I got a Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot (more on them another time) but was too intimidated to get started (again, my lack of feeling creative added to this.) Now over the past few months I felt my mojo come back to me and am ready to start scrapping. My only hinderance this time is a place to do it in because it seems I collected a bit more than just 1 machine and computer program and I do not fit into my space anymore.

Aaron and our neighbor Mark are building me my “dream” scrap area. Dream meaning practical yet “oh my gosh I actually have a whole desk and storage system devoted to craft things, oh yeah, and it looks great!” They got started on it yesterday, and hope to have the largest part of the desk done this week. Mark is a busy guy, but thankfully his family is letting us borrow him for a few hours in the evenings to get this done. Once they get the base done, I will start painting it with a primer/sealer.  I am hoping my next post will include a few pictures of our progress.

Until then,
Liz