#1,787 DIY Desk.
by Erin Napier
A few years ago Ben read an article on the Art of Manliness about all the benefits of using a standing desk and we were both crazy about the idea. Turns out it’s kind of hard to find one like we’ve had in mind all along, and if you do it’s antique and outrageously expensive, or a flimsy drafting table that looks better suited for a dorm room. We let the idea fall by the wayside until recently when he made the decision to join me at Lucky Luxe full time, and it’s been on our to-do list for a few months so he’ll have his own desk for production. Today was the perfect day with nothing on the agenda to finally get started. He’s been saving an old church pew in his reclaimed wood collection for just this occasion, and today I showed him a style I think would be cool to sort of base the design on, the printmaker’s desk from Restoration Hardware:
He made the desktop a few weeks ago by gluing two sections of the pew together, so today we got started by trimming off the ends to make it even, then by building the body:
I helped by cutting anything that had to be done on the miter saw—thanks to that college education framing my own prints in the Ole Miss art department. Meek Hall memories!
Measure twice, cut once:
And we left it at this stage today—ready to build the drawers, add the trim, stain it all, and add some of the old cup pulls we still have left from that amazing architectural salvage shopping spree we took with Josh and Em in Boston.
And then we went home for showers and cozy clothes to meet Ben’s parents for supper in Meridian at Weidmann’s.
Shrimp and grits. Yum!
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!