Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Home Project: Built-in Desk Under The Stairs

Months ago, I shared my Pinterest inspiration photo for a new built-in basement work space in Casa de Nenonen...

We tore out the existing dark (and useless) closet in the journey towards a light and bright basement work space.  Here is a peek at the process, from start to finish, which included a serious staircase makeover (carpeted to hardwood)...
I am happy to report that the project is almost complete!  We are finishing up the last of the molding right now...

What do you think? I am tickled pink!  Note:  I wasn't expecting people to be as interested in my desk as they have been, so no... this isn't a sexy staged photo sans cords. A quick snap on an iPhone of a neat-freak's desk.🙂

In venturing into this project, our contractor assured us that starting with foundation pieces would greatly increase utility while reducing cost.  We started with 3 basic foundation pieces...

1) The base (just didn't use the top):

 Find HERE on Amazon.

2) Behind the drawer system on the left to provide support, storage space, and the perfect depth of our "u shape".  Half runs behind the drawers so concealed, but we added the door option to the 2 remaining cubbies to provide more storage

Find HERE on IKEA.

3) Shelf above:
Find HERE on IKEA.


-The overall height of the system was determined by the Kallax shelf as it is taller and doesn't have legs or a removable base.  We added 2x2s to the bottom of the Amazon desk pieces and then encased everything in molding to create a seamless look.

-We created a custom top with wood and shoe molding from the hardware store.  We opted for 3 pieces which we carefully spackled and sanded for a seamless look, polished with 2 good coats of primer and then paint. 

-I have received several inquiries about a few things in the room:   
  •  The chair was a Homegoods find 
  • The paint color is Sherwin Williams Repose Gray. 
  • The family name medallion is 24 inches in diameter, solid wood, and came from a local St. Louis artisan for $55.  I absolutely adore it and get comments galore from everyone who walks in our basement.

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