Project Reveal

Remember that project I mentioned here??

Well, we finished it!

It is a computer desk. But not just an ordinary desk. Oh no.

One with a secret.

Oooooooooh.

We found the plans on our favorite building blog Ana White (no relation-but I’m starting to wish we were) and altered the plans. First, we made it shorter to fit the space we had. So instead of 96 inches long, we did 76. Much better. We also made it one board width narrower. The math part did slow us down slightly (we are not mathy), but still finished it in a day.

We added some simple hinges spray painted black. The stain and clear varnish that we used is low VOC- no odor- and just plain awesome. The color is Sesame by SamaN. I also did a little aging with some acrylic paint.

Jim came up with a fantastic idea to hide all the ugly wires and boxes and technical computery stuff (not his words, but mine).

A secret shelf!

I will show you a tutorial tomorrow.

For now, I am loving our new desk and can’t wait to build something else!! I have to say that building with my husband is so much more fun (not to mention so much quicker as 4 hands can do more than just 2) than building alone. I am glad he agrees.

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7 thoughts on “Project Reveal

  1. That is absolutely wonderful Michelle and Jim!! It looks fantastic – I can’t believe you guys built this awesome piece of furniture in one day – Wow!!!! 🙂

  2. Very nice stain! Great job!
    I noticed you mentioned “The stain and clear varnish that we used is low VOC- no odor- and just plain awesome. The color is Sesame by SamaN. I also did a little aging with some acrylic paint.” How did you achieve the aging effect? It would be nice if you could do up a detailed tutorial on your staining technique. And, from what I gather the Sesame stain color is a water-based formula, right?

    Thanks,
    Rob

    1. Hi Rob! The aging I did was to take a little bit of dark brown acrylic paint and rub it on (after the stain was dried). Then I quickly rubbed most of it off. I did this around the piece (mostly on the corners).
      The Sesame color is water based. The company is called SamaN.
      I hope that answers your questions.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I ran across your project, looking to do similar dimensions and not being a mathy person either, did you buy chance take note of your modified dimensions from the original plans? If so, would you kindly share? I need a sofa table and this fits the bill.

    Thank you!

    1. Instead of 96″ long, we did 76″. For the width, we just used one less board.
      I know Ana White has sofa table plans (free). You might want to take a peek at what she has first!
      http://ana-white.com/
      Glad you stopped by! Good luck with your project!

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