Beautiful Things - Jan/Feb 2019
Hey, everyone! Thank you for choosing to read our DIY blog! We are super excited about everything that has been going on with HL Raymond Properties and our new show, Inside Out with HL Raymond Properties.
While taping the show has kept us super busy, we found a little time to work on a DIY Project while designing a She-Shed to raffle off for Habitat for Humanity Bay-Waveland.
Working on the She-Shed was a lot of fun and provided opportunities for some quick DIY projects I’d like to share with you.
The first one was the Shiplap wall. This one is a Shutter Desk.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 Shutter (Length depends on space you are filling)
- Circular Saw (To cut the Shutter to the right size)
- Saw Horses
- Sand Paper
- Paint or Stain
- Glass or Plexiglas (To put on top of Shutter)
- Tape Measurer
- Speed Square
- Safety Glasses
- Wood Pencil
- Wire Cutters
- Palette Board or Scrap Wood
- Bracket/Corbel (make or buy)
Measure the space where the desk will be permanently installed. It can be in a nook, a shed, or a space with three walls.
Obtain a shutter. I used one I got from a friend of mine who has a house on the beach. I knew I could bring new life to it.
Measure, mark, and cut the shutter using the circular saw.
Clean and sand the shutter. This will be the time you could paint or stain the shutter. I left mine natural because I liked the look it gave to the She-Shed. While you have your paint or stain handy, you may want to paint the bracket/corbels to prepare them for a step later.
Obtain the glass or Plexiglas to place on top of the desk. Since you’ve already measured the shutter for proper size, you will not have to measure.
Use the wire cutters to remove the handle/lever that opens and close the shutters (Some may not have one).
Find the studs in the wall then secure the bracket/corbel to the wall. The normal height of a desk is 28 to 30 inches. Be sure to measure the wall for proper placement of the bracket/corbel.
If you’d like to make the desk look a bit thicker, you can add fence boards to the front side of the shutter.
Place the shutter on top of the bracket/corbel. For extra support we added screws under the desk into the wall as well.
Embellish with appropriate desk items and a comfy seat. Time to get to work and enjoy your new desk!
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