I really tried hard to come up with some cool new word for this project. It seems like everyone is able to coin a clever term for things by blending 2 words together.
Like “Clofice” (closet turned office) And “Brunch” And…ummm…”Brangelina“??
So, please allow me to introduce you to…The “Bookdesk“!!
Ok, so I guess there really isn’t a cute word for this project.
But it is still one of my favorite ones I have ever done!
I had been trying to figure out some way to add a desk into my son’s room but frankly, I couldn’t see how to squeeze one more piece of furniture into that space.
And then, it came to me!
There had to be a way to combine a work space with his existing bookcase.
Out came the shelves and everything got a lovely coat (or 2 or 3) of white paint and then back it went into the room.
I know what you are thinking.
Ummm…that looks NOTHING like a desk, right?
I wondered if it would be possible to just simply attach a board to an existing shelf creating a “desk” coming straight out from the bookcase.
First I measured the width of the bookcase. Then I measured the depth of the bookcase.
I got a rough estimate of a typical desk depth as well and added that to the depth of the bookcase.
Does that make sense? You’ll see how it all comes together in the end.
I purchased a fairly thin unfinished piece of oak from Lowes and had them cut it to size.
Then I purchased 2 table legs (plus the brackets for attaching them) and painted them to match the chair.
Once I had the “desk” painted, we simply attached the legs and then attached the entire thing to the shelf using wood glue. You could also use brackets or hinges but I was wanting to make it all look as seamless as possible as well as avoid the risk of splitting the oak.
Now, this is IMPORTANT!! Learn from my mistake!
I forgot to allow for the 2 inches that the existing shelf (which was a non-adjustable one!) would add to the height of the desk. Which meant, when we went to attach it, the legs were too short. Lesson learned! We solved this problem by adding “blocks” to the desk portion and then the brackets for the legs to those blocks. And in the end, I ended up liking that they made the table look more substantial.
I also added a bit of trim to the edges to soften them and give it a more finished look.
Then it was done!
And here is our bookcase turned desk turned Bookcase/desk.
Small paint cans are the perfect place to store pens, pencils or in the case of the one on the left…
your essential top secret Spy Gear!
I also had Lowes cut to size this piece of plexi-glass so Ian could put postcards and photos underneath while also protecting the surface of the desk.
My boy was almost as thrilled with the results as I was!
And when he tried it out for the first time, he gave me that, “thanks for understanding that I wanted a desk even though I never mentioned it to you mom” look that just melted my heart.
Thanks so much for joining me today at the Fence,