Sunday, November 20, 2011

{guest post} from Mimi Shim: DIY multi-use desk

 Ready for a cool DIY project?!
Enjoy my super talented guest blogger today- Mimi Shim from New York!
It's been said before and again and again... space is at a premium here in NYC.  I'm sure Bangkok and Tokyo feel our pain too - maybe even more so!  With that said, more versatile the space the better.  It's definitely helpful to be a little creative and a little thrifty.

We needed a really long and sort of narrow desk for our computer and music equipment - in the bedroom.  Deciding that the size of table we needed is hard to find and much too expensive, we made our own.


My husband's work place recently moved and were getting rid of some wooden doors, so he took one and had it cut in half lengthwise, and notched out parts where we wanted the cords to go. Since the surface wasn't very nice, we stuck Vyco on top of it for a smooth, easy to clean (and modern) surface. I love this stuff, it can be stuck on with double stick tape to just about any flat surface. Architects use it for drafting because it's a nice writing surface.


For the table legs, we used 4 pieces of steel 1.5" square tubing, welded 6"x6" steel squares to the top of each tube, and drilled adjustable rubber feet to one end of each leg. The steel is from metalsdepot.com and the rubber feet are from cc-efi.com. Thanks to a friend of ours with metal welding equipment, Zach was able to weld the pieces together himself. We had to make our own legs because our building is so old the floors slope, so the feet had to be super adjustable.

Cost:
Table top: Free
Legs: $78.41
Feet: $72.48
Vyco: $111.62
Total: $262.51






Pre-made table legs are available online too. Here is a large selection of wooden legs available at affordable prices - depending on the type of wood you want. For metal legs here are some options and for vintage inspired iron bases here are some other options. For table tops your local wood supply shop should be able to cut any kind of wood to any size for you.  Or - if you are even more thrifty, scouring antique and second hand shops for wood to re-purpose would be another option. The possibilities are endless! Also, Design*Sponge had recent post about DIY furniture, the book (which I have yet to get). Happy creating!

Mimi is a super extra ordinarily talented fashion designer, seamstress, craftsperson and all around cool chick!  Please check out her blog here.

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