Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Re-purposing furniture

During the holiday break, my husband and I were able to spend two weeks at the desert house.  We heated the pool and took the dog for a swim (see post here) and we did some work on the house.

At the beginning of January 2013, my husband removed the desk and wall unit out of the office and he couldn't decide if he wanted to re-purpose the materials or purchase a new desk.   We looked and looked for a new desk that would fit the available space in the office and since we didn't find anything, my husband finally decided to re-build the desk that he removed.

Re-purposed desk frame in the garage

Top of desk added

Testing desk in office

There are two things that I'd like to say about this desk:

1.  It probably does't look very special so why couldn't we find a desk to purchase.  Well, the area where the desk can sit in the room is a long and narrow area and most desks have a deep depth and are shorter in length similar to the desk in the master bedroom.  On the right side of the room is a sleeper sofa, so if the desk is wide and short, then we can't pull the sofa bed out for guests.

2. Don't believe HGTV when they say that repurposing items is easy.  It's not.  It took a lot of work to pull apart the desk, measure and rebuild it.  Plus the desk still needs to be sanded and stained.  We will probably find a furniture re-finisher to do this work.  I do agree that it's great to recycle and reuse items, but just note that DIY is labor intensive.  Shows on HGTV will tell you the cost of the materials or money you saved re-using materials (cheap!), but they never tell you the cost of the labor (expensive!).


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