Another week down in the $100 Room Challenge, which means only two more weeks left to wrap up this space. There are still lots of details to pull together but a HUGE piece of the room came together over the weekend so I am thrilled to be making progress. I will share the details below and also need your vote on something – so be sure to drop me a comment below helping me decide how to move forward!
If you are just tuning in, two weeks ago I kicked off a month long room makeover where I am turning a current dead space in between the boys rooms into an official Lego Building Nook. Last week I shared a small No Cost Lego Head Storage craft. This week we are going much bigger with a custom Lego Workshop Desk that my Dad created from (mostly) scrap wood.
I had a vision in my head for creating some sort of built-in desk here in this window nook where an underused sofa used to live. So I brainstormed with my Dad and before we knew it a workshop desk plan was hatched. It wasn’t finalized until he found this pair of vintage file cabinets and then it all started to come together.
The pair of file cabinets act as the base of the desk and then my Dad pulled together the surface using some wood from his basement workshop stash. I took tons of pictures of the process so hope to put together a full tutorial. The piece ended up being 95 inches by 24 inches and it looks like is built right into this nook!
Not only do I love this because it is custom and fits perfectly and is super-duper functional, but it was made lovingly from a grandpa for his grandsons and that makes is very special. Also, can we walk about how it only cost $6?! He had this large piece of wood in his stash that he just knew would come in handy one day. The stain and varnish was already on hand. All we bought was a 2×4 to add the trim on the front.
And as you can see, it is already getting tons of use. The boys swarmed it as soon as it was installed and now I am wondering what we did before we had this surface!
You may recognize these chairs from our dining room. I found the pair for $2 a few years ago, gave them a coat of spray paint and hand painted the blue detail on the seat. I recently upgraded the dining chairs and was trying to decide what to do with these. They are the perfect fit and I love that the boys can roll around on them. Oh- and I also love that they found a new home since I didn’t want to part with them quite yet.
OK, so here is where you come in. I can’t decide if I should paint these catalog file cabinets or leave them the original vintage green. These came out of a storage unit and were apparently from Lockheed Martin offices which is down the road from us. They are very cool as is and I love the industrial look – the color is an olive gray and I love the silver catalog detail.
However-I am toying with spray painting them with Oil Rubbed Bronze (a metallic black) and then giving the handles a gold finish. I am SO torn! After looking at these pictures I am leaning towards painting them…but maybe that is just because the lamp and chairs don’t match , which I could change to make work with the vintage olive color. Would love to know your thoughts- let me know down in the comments your vote!
Alright- that’s it for today. Since this challenge is so focused on the $100 budget, it’s probably time I check in to see how I am tracking:
$50 Pair of File Cabinets
$6 Wood for Lego Workshop Table
$15 Gray Area Rug
$0 Pair of Chairs (These were in the dining room and looking for a new home)
$4 Lego Minifigure Display (More to come next week!)
$2 Small Black & Gold Table Lamp
$0 Ikea Bookshelf (pulled in from the playroom)
$0 Blue Desk Organizer
$0 No Cost Lego Head Storage – See how I made this for free here
Welp- I am up to $77 spent leaving me with $23 left to spend. It’s time to get creative!
Here is what I still need to tackle:
- Making Minifigure Display Case
- Lego Art
- Lots of Organization
- Curtains (that is just a piece of fabric pinned up to see how it looks)
FOLLOW ALONG || LEGO BUILDING NOOK