How to Build a Built-in Bench (Part I)

How to Build a Built-in Bench (Part I)

Step right up and sit on down!

I’ve got some more exciting office progress to share today! After completing the open shelving and framing the windows we literally could not stop ourselves. We’re just so excited to finally see progress in this house again! This time, we constructed a built-in bench!!!

Want to know how we did it?

First step…copy your friends who just built one in their house.

Duh.

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Installing Window Frames

Installing Window Frames

Hello hello! Today's post is a shorter one, but that doesn't mean that this project didn't have a big impact in the home office renovation. After installing our built-in shelves in the office…

…we were on such a DIY high that we couldn't stop working. The nail gun was probably still smoking from the shelf installation but we moved right into trimming out the windows. This was a fairly small and simple task compared to the majority of the other projects we have tackled, and have yet to tackle in the office, but it made a huge difference.

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There is a Desk in the Office!

There is a Desk in the Office!

Holy excitement! We have a beautiful desk in front of the window in our home office! <3 <3 <3

I am in love! The desk turned out better than I had imagined it (and I had imaged it looking amazing). Let's talk about how we installed this bad boy. Recall that before this beautiful desk occupied this space, there was nothing but a big gaping hole between the cabinets.

 

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Installing Wood Countertops

Installing Wood Countertops

Hey you guys! Guess what? We've installed the countertops in the office!

After cutting the countertops, installing them only took about an hour. We wanted to connect the countertops in the corner to create one solid piece. Our goal was to create a system in which we could tighten the two countertop pieces together to minimize the gap at the seam between them, and we used some great tips from my dad to do this! First, we placed both pieces on the floor upside down and roughly lined them up.

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How to Cut Wood Countertops

How to Cut Wood Countertops

We hit a small milestone in the office this week...countertops!

They really pull things together don't they? It was a little awkward looking without them haha.

We went with solid wood HAMMARP beech countertops from Ikea, the exact same one we have on the dry bar. To get all the pieces we needed, we had to get three of the longer 98-inch countertops (diagrams of this below).

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Thank goodness we live close (to Ikea)!

Thank goodness we live close (to Ikea)!

Hey guys! Hope April is treating you well :) I am back with more progress on the office! We took a tiny break because...

The Engineer and I went to London!

This trip wasn't planned super far in advance...we just took advantage of an opportunity :) I'll definitely put together a post about our adventures! We had a blast!

But back to reality...we have made some more progress with the office. We painted the office a nice light grey with a dark accent wall where we are planning to build open shelving.

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A Little Paint Gives A Lot of Life

A Little Paint Gives A Lot of Life

Happy Hump Day! On Friday I shared all the prep work we did for the office. Today is all about paint!

We left off with the office looking like this:

The next logical step was to paint. There were a few things we could have done (and ideally would have liked to have done) before painting, like installing junction boxes in the ceiling for pendant lights. The problem was that before we had all the cabinets installed, we didn't want to go punching holes everywhere. We wanted to be sure that we liked the placement of things before we committed. This meant installing the cabinets first, and before we installed cabinets, we needed to paint.

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Getting Ready for a New Office

Getting Ready for a New Office

Hello, hello, hello! Are you ready for a new office? We sure are over here!

The plan from the get go when we moved into our house just over a year ago was always to make the third bedroom an office. Since then, it has been a black-hole-junk-pit-where-things-go-to-die :( We have to prioritize each project and this wasn't exactly at the top of the list. When we finish a project, we consider what we need as well as what we want, before deciding what project we will tackle next. The truth was...we needed a place for more organization in the house.

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