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Craft Space – Day 2

Well, since yesterday’s wonderful power outage, I thought for sure the desk building would be on hold for at least a week. However, my wonderful, wonderful husband created a work-around by running a long orange extension cord through our living room out to the garage! The saw worked, and didn’t dim the lights in the garage, so we had a good idea we would be safe running the saw off of that.

As we got the two 22″ wide boards cut yesterday, we began by cutting those boards into smaller pieces. We started by measuring the height of what the boards needed to be, either 26 1/2″ or 15 1/5″, depending on the board.


Then we got to work setting up the straight edge and making cuts. The first was was ok, but the second one – not so great on the chipping part.

The board chipped

I noticed that when hubby was sawing, he was going alot faster than he had the day before, and I suspect that might be a reason for extra chippage.

However, I also saw this on tv once: put some painters tape where your going to saw to help prevent chipping. Hubby didn’t think it would work because it was “cheap-a$$” tape (as he put it). I said oh well let’s do it anyway!


This cut actually turned out GREAT! However, I can’t give complete credit to the tape, because I did tell hubby that he looked to be going faster, so he went slow with the saw this time. So we did this on the remainder of the boards and continued until we got both of the boards cut.

Look, the boards are ACTUALLY in my basement!!!


On another note, I’m thinking of painting the white wall one of these shades of Benjamin Moore blue:


1. 767 Graceful Sea
2. 772 Hawaiian Breeze
3. 780 Crisp Moring Air
4. 787 Grandma’s Sweater
5. 794 Paradise View

If you know me, and my love of palm trees and tropicals, you should know before even reading this sentance that I’m already leaning towards Hawaian breeze. I like it because it’s blue with just a slight hint of green. I think it will look good with all of the natural wood colors. The other one I like, as crazy as the name is, is Grandma’s Sweater. The name reminds me of a blue cable-knit turtleneck sweater that my mom would always wear. 🙂

So that’s where we’re at with the end of this day. Hoping to have more soon!

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Craft Space – Day 1

We actually started working on the desk! How exciting is that?!?!


Does this thing come in pink?

First things first, we (hubby) had to “prepare” the sawhorses by adding some wood to the top of them. I guess your supposed to use a 2×4, but we didn’t have any, so we just used some scraps we had for now.



Next, we (hubby, again) had to change the blade in the saw. He picked up a blade for laminate, it has either 120 or 150 teeth on it, for about $7.99. I was expecting this to be more expensive, but I’m ok with that price tag! We decided to go with using the circular saw rather than the table saw because he knows how to use the circular saw better.


After that, we were finally ready to cut! We started by measuring out the 22″ piece that we needed, then added an additional 1 1/2″ to that to put our straight edge (the extra 1 1/2″ is the distance between the straight edge and the blade).


Here we go on the first cut!


One cut down, many more to go!


Now, I would show you more pictures, except about halfway through the second 22″ cut, the power went out. This was when we learned the hard way that the garage, the kitchen lights, and the upstairs bathroom are ALL on a 15 amp breaker. Guess we will have to figure something out here!

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Craft Space – A New Beginning

Well, here it is! This is what will be my new craft space in our new house!

Craft Space WM

Isn’t it a pretty little chunk of the basement! The back wall (behind where the door is open) is about 10 feet wide, and the side wall (of space that I’ll be using) is about 12 feet wide, so I have a really good space to work with. I’m not sure how happy my husband is, because I think he may have thought he would be getting the whole 900 sq. ft. basement as his “Man Cave” and my craft space would be in the sun room, here (please don’t mind the mess, we’re still unpacking!):

Sunroom Desk WM

Granted, who wouldn’t LOVE to craft in that space with that view! And all the sunlight (on sunny days)! However, the sunlight that warms my face would also be detrimental to my quilling paper, so it just can’t stay there.

Also, I think his tone might have changed when I won this at work with $40 worth of tickets for his man cave. It goes nicely with the PS3 he got for Christmas.


Well, as some of you may not have known, back probably 6-9 months ago I saw a pin on Pinterest for the $5 savings plan. Since we were in the process of looking for a new house, and I knew I wouldn’t want one that didn’t have an adequate crafting space, and I knew I would be getting that crafting space at some time, I decided to start following the $5 savings plan to have money to furnish my craft space when we finally did get a house. The basis of the plan is that any time you get a $5, put it away. The plan uses $5 because it accumulates faster than $1, and it’s not big enough that you would miss it, like $10 – it’s just that perfect, in between amount. So I started that plan, and ended up with $500 by the time we bought our house! I will confess, I did supplement it with $120 I made working overtime a few days at work, but even if I hadn’t done that, i still would have a decent amount of money to do something with 🙂 Sidenote: There’s also a 52 week savings plan that I came across that looks like it might be good, also. Go search that one out if your interested!

Also during the time of searching for a house, I was pinning like crazy of good ideas for my craft storage and organization, and found that I really loved this setup by Nichol Magouirk:


I really just fell in love with the white furniture, and having a corner desk for all of the “work” that is required to run a business, but having a separate craft table for actually doing crafts at. More views of her room can be found on her blog here:

After looking at her space, and finding where she got it at, I quickly found that there was NO way I could afford the $2000 – 3000 to have a space like this. I briefly considered the storage cubes from Michael’s, but they don’t really have a way to have a “corner” space (which I LOVE) and their cubes are only 14.5″ deep, which is not enough space for office supplies.

I don’t recall how I stumbled across Ana White’s website (I’m sure it had something to do with pinterest!), but I’ve been in love ever since! And wouldn’t you know, she has a plan to build a desk that is modeled after the one above!

Corner DeskAna White Office Corner Desk Plans

Nice, huh!

I also wasn’t too crazy about the narrowness of the base units, so I decided I would build two open base units and two file cabinet units from the Eco Office plans.

bookshelf-base-modern-6_0Ana White Eco Office Open Shelf Base 

file-base-modular-office-1Ana White Eco Office File Base

I’m SOOOOOOOO excited to start this build! I was originally wanting to build it out of white melamine, but looking at the quality of what is available in my area, I went with an epoxy/acrylic sided birch plywood, which looks similar to the bases (but a little lighter).

I did have to do some planning on how to build this, as my desk is going to be MUCH larger than the plans, so some of this project may be building by ear. My desk is going to be about 9′ x 12′. I had to make a “visual guide” in the basement to get a better idea of what it will look like. Hubby is running an electrical line around the perimeter of the basement as there isn’t any power there.

Desk Layout WM

After a bit of a snafu in getting the wood to our house, it is there, sitting in the garage, just waiting for me to start building. I would love to start this weekend, but alas, I will be spending the weekend at my sister’s house, babysitting her 4 kids while her and her hubby go to a hockey game.


One other plan that is not shown here is to build a separate “crafting table” in the center of the room. That will have to survive as another post. I hope to keep this updated as much as possible, but, as of right now, it still may be another couple of months before we actually get Internet at our house. So until then, happy crafting!

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