Project Surface Area Day 5: Putting it together

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Miss days 1-4?  Take a minute to get up to speed.

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3 
Day 4

Don’t you LOVE the home stretch?  It’s exhilarating, isn’t it?

Like the day before you get on that plane to start a new life in a completely different part of the world…You can’t wait for all of the planning and sweating and hoping to all come together and fall into place right before your very eyes…

On our way to Switerland, where we lived for almost a year.
Visiting somewhere over there…Salzburg, maybe?
The view from our back yard…if you go out to the main street aways…
Our Pink Apartment…funny, huh?

But you’ve got just a few things left to take care of.

Like squaring things off, for one.

Square top of desk

And you want to pre-nail the 2 inch finishing nails before you start hammering away…


And you can’t monkey around and forget the bead of glue…

glue scallops

Before you start tap, tap, tapping…

Nail scallops

And blam, blam, blamming…

Nail scallops2

A few things may not come out just right, but with a little attention, you can smooth out those rough spots…

Corner b4 sandingSanded edge

Some cracks may show up along the way…


And you might run into a dent or two…{and have no flippin’ clue how they came to be ‘cuz the moment before everything was lined up so nicely}

dented corner

But, no matter, you can make it work…

Sanded back corner

And getting the support you need is not as hard as it may seem at first…

shelf support

{You can use a 5/32” drill bit to drill a snug hole for these 5mm shelf supports.  You might have to tap them in, but they are nice and tight which is good for thick, heavy shelves}

And then, after you’ve sanded things down and worked through the rough spots, you know that it’s been worth the trouble.

Desk with shelves and top

And, having learned a few things along the way…

Desk with shelves and top2

You can start thinking about the future.  To paint or to stain…

the top, that is…

The cubbies…they’ll be painted, fo’ sho’…but what about the coveted surface space?  Would you paint that as well…or stain it…

And if you’d stain it…dark or light?

Yall help a girl out and leave me a comment with your expert and thoughtful opinion.  I want ta get this sucker in the house and out of that nasty garage so I can get move on to Project Organize the Garage…


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  1. Ahhh man, I'm such a sucker for paints and color! But I see the dilemma. I guess it depends on the color you use 🙂 A light color would show off the stained top I think…

  2. it looks awesome! i love the scalloped trim! and i also love he pink apartment. 🙂

  3. I would paint it….a different color from the cubbies fo' sho.' You are such a rock star to have made it….love the pictures from Switzerland!

    thistle 🙂

  4. 6 days away from a 7000 mile international move… honestly, I don't feel like it's all going to fall into place right before my eyes, but I like the idea!

  5. I'm loving color and paint lately. You could use a colored stain… I don't know. It's so cute, though.

  6. She looks awesome! The scalloped edges look great too; that was a lot of cuttin'.

    I really like the paint/stain combo. And as far as stain goes I've always been partial to the darker colors, like Jacobean, Dark Walnut and Ebony.

    Although I am lovin' the Pickled White and Driftwood by Minwax.

  7. what a great job!! whatever you decide will look nice on this beautiful piece of furniture! good luck.

  8. You are a champion, my friend. And you'll keep on fighting 'til the end.
    Oh, you are a champion, you are a champion! (oh, sorry…where was I?)
    Well, I can't see you doing anything that isn't bold, so let's see it. I know it will be fabulous.
    I wouldn't have a finger left if I had attempted this, so I'm going to finish my song now.
    You are the champion….of the world!!!
    P.S. Baby boys cheeks are to die for and that pink apartment was too cute. Loved the photos. 🙂

  9. I'm not sure where your project is going, so I can't answer the stain or paint question but… if you dent your wood and it's pine (or any softwood), put water on the dent. You would be surprised how it can come back… well it's the fibres that are squashed, so they are there and water can expand them. (Now this doesn't work for wood you have knocked off, of course). I have dented much pine and even licked it to get it to come back …don't tell anyone that I lick wood, please 🙂

  10. Wow! I have to admit…I wasn't expecting it to turn out so CUTE! And colored stain sounds interesting!

  11. Dark or light stain depends on what color paint you go with – I think I'd like to see contrasting color, which you would be amazing at picking!

    Good job on a cute table/desk/surface area 🙂

  12. what a fun post… did not read page 1-4 but i can nonetheless see where you're going. like your writing style..

    I am actually coming to your site re. the Follower linky blog hop. I WILL BE FOLLOWING YOU *** WILL YOU FOLLOW ME BACK ? Thank you so much when you do.

    There is also a link party on our blog, where you can feature 'your best creative work'. There are some great projects to see already, but we want to see your work!

    This url is both to FOLLOW and to PARTY:

    Hope to seeing you around!!
    Have a happy, creative day!

  13. How fun was that? I love how you pointed out the details and what you were going to do next. I hope you don't mind but I just tagged you in a game that was passed over to me. It's all about getting to know your fellow bloggers and I thought of you. Go ahead and just have fun with it. Thanks Gwen!

  14. Definitely a different color! Love the little scalloped edge but especially love your little Swiss apartment (do I hear yodeling)!

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