My neighbor called me a couple of weeks ago and gave me this…
A huge shipping crate! Yesss!
After thinking about it for a few minutes…
I knew exactly what I wanted to do… a computer desk.
We only have one computer desk for two people…and I wanted one of my own.
A custom piece for me… yay!
I was in the middle of working on my Winter Mantel Display when I put everything on hold to work on this.
So… the tearing and ripping apart began!!
The crate was way too tall for a desk… so I had to cut it down to size.
Then… it was off to Lowes (only a couple of times) to buy wood for trim and slats.
After cutting the crate down… I reframed each side with a combo of new and left over wood.
I also cut some wood slats to glue inside each frame and then roughly painted the whole thing black.
It got really cold outside so I had to move the operation indoors!
(I don’t have a workshop so the living room, the kitchen and the back porch became the workshop)
Next, I painted the whole thing white/cream and added some moulding.
Finally, I cut a table top from scrap wood and did a decoupage, paper bag, faux leather look to it. I sealed it with a few coats of Polycrylic.
Here is the final piece…
Custom Built Shipping Crate Desk!
As for the molding or moulding…
I had old canvas frames from my painting days and used two of those on the front of the crate. I found the corner pieces at Lowes and used them for the bottom corners.… along with shoe molding for the whole thing…
This is what it looks like from the inside… I secured the sides with cut corner pieces. I may add a shelf in there later.
And this is my black faux leather table top. I glued and then screwed the top down from the underside. The top is not perfect… in fact it has a little warpage to it. BUT… it didn’t cost me anything and I can take a little warpage… especially since I don’t even notice it when I’m using it.
All this building reminded me of the Crate Table I built a couple of years ago!
Wasn’t sure where I was going to put this desk at first.
Yes… we have an office but the hubs likes to sit in there and watch TV while on the computer… as I do, too.
we don’t always like to watch the same programs.
Therefore… for now… I will put it in the corner of my living room.
Post coming soon!
OK… I said soon didn’t I…lol? Click Here to see it how my desk looks in the living room!