Make your own custom craft table from stock cabinets, plywood, and peel & stick vinyl tiles!
DIY Custom Craft Desk
One of the first things I did when we moved into our home was hire someone to finish the storage room in our basement. It was this huge empty space that needed to be something else!
After much debate and design, we decided to make it into a large guest bedroom suite with room for a custom craft nook for me!
Truth time: we finished the room in November and I still haven't really decorated the room yet! But I did spend time making my craft nook the way I wanted it to be.
First we made this custom craft table. We bought these stock cabinets from Lowe's. They are actually from the closet organization section. Our nook is deeper than the cabinets, but that gives me room to run cords down behind them and stuff, so it worked out perfectly.
Next, we cut a sheet of 3/4 inch-thick plywood to fit from wall to wall for the desk. It is supported in the front by the cabinets on each end, and to support the back, we made these heavy-duty wall braces from 1x4 pine boards. You can see from the pictures below that we screwed some flat to the wall for the back of the table to rest on, and the braces went in the middle for support for this extra-long desk.
We drilled a circle hole in the top of the cabinet for cords, and then the top of the plywood desk and braces were painted white (mostly so the adhesive vinyl tiles would stick better) Finally we screwed the desktop into the cabinets and braces. You could paint the bottom white but I'm lazy :)
We finished off the desk with these wood grain style adhesive vinyl tiles. Simply cut to size if needed, peel, and stick. We did have to use some extra glue for the small piece that line the front of the plywood.
The tile looks brownish but it is actually a lovely gray color. Chalk it up to basement lighting :)
Want to hear about this awesome giant pegboard we made? Tune in next week and I'll share how we made it, where I got my cute buckets and baskets, and more! Plus someday I'll show you the finished guest suite, if I ever get around to making it cute.
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