The resident Scotsman, from TV3’s The Block NZ joins the YH&G team to show us how to put a personal spin on budget-friendly finds. Here’s a clever desk idea…
Materials you will need
2 x bookcases; 2 x cans spray paint; 18mm plywood; Click-in flooring; Wood glue; Timber surround; Nails; Clear varnish; 8 screws
Tools you will need
Tape measure; Hand saw; Hammer; Square; Pencil; Sandpaper block; Hand drill; Paint brush
Apply 2 coats of white spray paint to bookcases, leaving to dry totally between coats.
Measure and cut your 18mm-thick plywood to the size you desire for the desk top. We cut ours to 1200mm x 500mm. Measure and cut the click-in flooring to the same size.
Using wood glue, glue the flooring onto the plywood, making sure it fits perfectly.
Cut timber surround to fit along all sides of desk top and mitre corners. Glue surround to edges and, if needed, hammer in a fine nail at each corner for extra security. When glue has set hard, give whole top a good sand so edging is perfectly flush with top.
Give the desk top and sides at least 3 coats of varnish to protect the surface (we used clear but you can use a tint if you wish).
Place desk top on bookcases, ensuring overhang is even on both sides and it is balanced, from front to back. Using a drill, screw in 4 screws per bookcase, as shown in photo (make sure screw length is less than the combined width of desktop and bookcase top).
- Check the space where you want the desk to go and make it to size.
- When spray-painting the drawers, make sure you have a large, clear area as the spray paint spreads through the air and will land on any nearby surface.
- Make sure you have someone leaning on the desk top while you are drilling the bookcases to it.
- Check what materials you already have as you can make it more cost-effective if using recycled materials.
Created by: Catherine Wilkinson and Martin Laidlaw