Fast Fix: Living Rooms

Create a Small Space Workstation

Re-invent an unused nook or niche as a handy workstation in a few simple steps.

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Materials Needed:

  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • spirit level
  • drill
  • drywall screws
  • 1x12 pine wood planks
  • 1x2 MDF trim
  • sheet of stain-grade plywood
  • table saw
  • orbital sander
  • medium-grit sandpaper
  • 2" paddle bit
  • caulk
  • caulk gun
  • touch up paint in existing wall color
  • quart of latex primer
  • quart of semi-gloss enamel paint
  • quart of polyurethane
  • wood filler
  • putty knife
  • mini roller
  • 2" paint brush

Mark Walls

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.

Cut, Trim, Pine and Plywood

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.

Attach Support Trim to Wall

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.

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