10.05.2010

Something is terribly wrong with me.

I have a habit of looking at a perfectly good, intact piece of furniture and envisioning myself dismantling, deconstructing, and all but destroying it.  Exhibits A & B:
The table in the foreground used to be a bed.  Perfectly fine.  But did I go ahead and completely dismantle it?  Yes.  Yes, I did. The floating tables in the background?  Used to be a perfectly fine side table.  Did I saw that sucker in two?  Yup.  I just might have a problem.

Of course, realizing this did not stop me from destroying yet another innocent piece of furniture.  This poor guy didn't stand a chance when I spotted him on craigslist for just $20:
This was a solid, heavy, quality hardwood table.  Practically perfect in every way.  It almost hurt a little to destroy this one, but I had a vision in mind.  With just a little bit of elbow grease, some heavy-duty power tools, a little heavy lifting, and a tiny bit of head-scratching, we had this:
a custom built-in desk for our weird, cabinet-less kitchen nook.  It is a great workstation, it brings the dark stain from our cabinets around to this side of room, and finally gives this nook a function!

(The shelves above the desk are still a work in progress.  There are two more to install, and all of them need to be stained to match the desk.  I'll fill y'all in soon, though.)

I'm learning to live with my sickness, and to accept that this is just who I am.  Furniture beware! 


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29 comments:

Amanad @ Heart Tree Home said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW! This is fantastic! And it would be a perfect spot for a buffet spread when you're entertaining... Well done!

Stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips

I love what you've done in that nook! What an awesome idea!

In the Tweeds said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow that looks amazing! You have quite the furniture vision!

Kendall said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks AMAZING! Great Job!

Dovely said... Best Blogger Tips

ooooh i wouldn't make the shelves dark - keep them light! they look so good as is in the pictures. a white wash stain or white paint would make them look fantastic. the two toned look is great :)

Rebecca said... Best Blogger Tips

Brilliant! And it looks like they fit perfectly!

Nikki said... Best Blogger Tips

I think it is brilliant!

Traci said... Best Blogger Tips

You are STINKIN' AWESOME!!! I feel a little inspiration coming on! =)

mustard seeds said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it, love it, love it.

Jennifer said... Best Blogger Tips

I thought the shelves above that desk were painted at first...I think they actually look nice as a different color because it makes your desk stand out more :)

By the way, I am LOVING your blog...just found it recently. You have really inspired me to get my decorating groove back. I have an architecture degree and was a designer before I left to be a full-time mommy. Money has been tight around here ever since, and I've felt limited as to what I can do to improve my home. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!

LAURA!!! said... Best Blogger Tips

looks amazing. what a great vision!

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips

That's brilliant!

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it Britt!! Perfect for that space! Sorry we did not get to see it last night. I guess y'all had a small crowd since 3 families were sick. Hope there was enough food! See you soon.

Kim said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing...I love it all. I hope what you have is catching!

Shannon Richardson said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks great!! I wish I could envision things like you do!

Britt said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks everyone! Amanad - I hadn't thought about using it as a buffet. Great idea!

CASABrasi said... Best Blogger Tips

That's really pretty. I like the way your serving dishes are arranged on either side of the window. So pretty!

Dawn said... Best Blogger Tips

You are SO creative! By the way, where did you get the curtain in the window?

Britt said... Best Blogger Tips

Dawn, thanks! I made the shades in my kitchen. I'm pretty sure they're in my "project file" tab if you want the step-by-step.

Andrew and Meagan said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! i love it- you are a genius!
meagan

Stella said... Best Blogger Tips

I love what you did with the table..WOW ! Great job!!

Sawdust and Paperscraps said... Best Blogger Tips

So, how did you come up with the long desk? Cut the table in half? Or did you just use the legs and apron and make a new top? Very curious. And now I have to get out of here as I've just spent the last hour drooling over all your amazing projects and house!

Britt said... Best Blogger Tips

Sawdust Paperscraps- We cut the table straight down the middle. We used all of the original table except about 6" that we took off one end so the two new halves would fit snugly together.

Britt said... Best Blogger Tips

Sawdust and Paperscraps - we just cut the table straight down the middle. We used all of the original piece except about 6" that we cut off one end so the two new halves would fit snugly together in the middle.

Britt said... Best Blogger Tips

Sawdust and Paperscraps - We just cut the table straight down the middle using a table saw. We used all of the original table except about 6" we cut off one end so the two new halves would fit together snugly in the middle.

Sawdust and Paperscraps said... Best Blogger Tips

Very Cool!

Julie B. said... Best Blogger Tips

This is ingenious! I am so impressed with your vision! What a great use of space!!

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The Stanfields said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks terrific! I did a similar project and used half the table as a custom sideboard in my breakfast area! Gotta love craigslist deals and a repurposed beauty! Thanks for sharing this!

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