Wednesday, May 20, 2020 / by Liza Hach
During this quarantine, I have decided to take on a couple new hobbies! I did not grow up in a handy family whatsoever and before this year, I could barely assemble Ikea furniture. For some reason though, I decided to take on the task of designing and building a desk from scratch. I found a software called Sketchup after binge watching some HGTV and fell in love. You can design just about anything from desks to houses.
Just to let you know, I am not an expert at all and am still learning. I love the farmhouse aesthetic, so I had a design in my head and decided to attempt to create it on Sketchup.
Like I said, I am definitely not an expert as this took me hours to make and it still isn’t perfect. I actually still have yet to do the drawers as I decided to not attach them to the desk in case I wanted to switch sides. After I had this design worked up, I made my way to a lumber store in downtown Salt Lake called MacBeath Hardwood. I knew I wanted walnut as the top, but I almost changed my mind because they had so many different amazing woods to choose from! I purchased my walnut and then went to home depot to get pine for the legs as well as the finish for the walnut and white paint for the base.
Luckily, I have a friend that has all of the tools that I needed as well as the expertise that I definitely did not have. After many hours of hard work and patience from my friend, we were able to put it all together and all that I had left to do was paint! The painting I was comfortable with, so my friend was able to rest after all of his hard work! I am so happy that I was able to accomplish this and I will keep this desk for a very long time.
If you have been itching to do something different, don't hesitate! The greatest inventions all started with an idea! Good luck!