Re-invent an unused nook or niche as a handy workstation in a few simple steps.Brian Patrick Flynn, Decor Demon
Use tape measure to determine proper height and depth for floating shelves and desktop. Mark height and depth with pencil. Hold spirit level up to pencil marks, and draw straight lines for installation.
Mark each 1x12 pine wood plank, 1x2 piece of MDF trim and sheet of plywood to size with same dimensions penciled on wall. Cut to size with table saw. Use orbital sander and medium-grit paper to smooth rough edges and tops.
Place 2-inch side of MDF trim flush to wall, top even with penciled line. Drill several drywall screws 6 inches apart through MDF trim and into wall. Tip: Shelves and desktop will require three strips of MDF each: one on back wall and two on adjoining walls.
Place newly cut 1x12 planks on top of secured MDF trim. Drill drywall screws 6 inches apart through pine planks and into MDF trim. Add wood filler to holes with putty knife, then sand with orbital sander once dry.
Insert 2-inch paddle bit into drill. Drill hole directly through desktop approximately 3 inches from wall. Use medium-grit sandpaper to smooth rough edges.
Place 2-inch side of 1x2 MDF trim flush with front tops of pine plank shelves and plywood desktop. Drill drywall screws 6 inches apart through MDF trim and into support trim, pine plank shelves and plywood desktop. Add wood filler to holes with putty knife, then sand with orbital sander once dry.
Fill gaps between pine, MDF and plywood with caulk gun. Once caulk is dry, apply primer with mini roller and 2-inch paint brush. After primer is dry to the touch, apply two coats of semi-gloss. Assure space is properly ventilated, apply coat of polyurethane to shelves and desktop. Touch up walls with existing wall paint using 2-inch paint brush. Wait approximately 48 hours for polyurethane to cure before placing items on shelves and desktop.