Thrifty DIY desk and hutch + HomeRight giveaway

Working from home has been a blessing in so many ways. But it also comes with its share of challenges. One I’ve run into is finding a work space that fits my needs and is clearly defined (i.e. the kids and mister aren’t taking it over).

Up until yesterday, my tiny work space looked like this (on a really good day). 😉


I needed a bit more room to spread out all my stuff! Fortunately, the latest challenge from HomeRight® gave me the creative kick in the pants I needed to brainstorm a solution for more office furniture. As a HomeRight ambassador, I get the privilege of using their amazing tools every month to clean, organize and renovate my home. Yay!

October’s challenge was to use these ClosetMaid® Espresso Laminate Storage Cubes from Lowe’s and transform them using the HomeRight Finish Max sprayer* and other materials from Lowe’s.


Yes, my beloved Finish Max sprayer is now available at select Lowe’s! (Plus you can enter to win one at the end of this post.)


My goal was to paint the storage cubes to match my current desk (black), then attach them to the top of an old desk I purchased a few years ago at an auction for $15 (below). Of course, that meant I would also have to sand and paint the auction desk black, too.


After giving the desk and cubes a light sanding, I primed them both using my favorite black spray primer.


I will mention that, for superior durability on the cubes, I would recommend using this Bullseye 1-2-3 primer.

After priming, I used a brad nailer to attach molding along the “top” side of the cubes. I primed the molding afterward. (You could attach the molding first, then prime everything at once, if you weren’t in a rush and forgetful, like me.) 😉


Next, I loaded my HomeRight Finish Max sprayer with Valspar® Chalky Finish Paint in Boot Black, thinning the paint to the proper consistency for optimum performance in the sprayer.


When it comes to getting a flawless paint finish on furniture, I have not found any other tool that does a more impressive job than the HomeRight Finish Max.


After the paint dried, I sprayed on a coat of polyurethane to seal everything.


Then I added my new “hutch” to the top of the desk. Done!

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What do you think of my new, thrifty office space? I hope you’ll consider voting for it as your favorite! Click here or on the graphic below to vote.




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Disclosure: I’m thrilled to be a brand ambassador for HomeRight and, as always, all thoughts, opinions and projects are 100 percent my own.  

Beadboard shaker peg coat rack progress

If you didn’t catch the original post on this project, I’ve been building a mega, coat-rack-of-all-coat-racks in our garage. My goal is to add some serious storage for all our jackets, backpacks, etc., considering we have absolutely zero closets on our ground floor.

I started by adding a swath of beadboard wallpaper on the wall next to our garage entrance.


Next, I installed two inexpensive shaker peg coat racks over the wallpaper – a higher one for adults and a lower one for the kids – that I ordered from this Etsy shop.

I added 1×3-inch pine boards on the left and right sides of the coat racks. I also added a 1×3-inch board on the bottom to serve as a baseboard.


All the boards I used for this were scrap pieces I already had on hand. (Major thrifty points scored here!)

I ripped a piece of scrap plywood for both the shelf and the board above the top coat rack using my new favorite tool, the Ryobi® 10-inch portable table saw. I’m happy to report no fingers were lost in the process. 🙂


I made my own shelf brackets out of the remainder of the scrap plywood. These I cut out on my miter saw.


I used a piece of leftover window/door casing for the decorative trim below the shelf.

To hide the unsightly, raw edges of the plywood (and the screws in the shelf brackets), I ironed on a strip of birch veneer.



Next, I’ll sand the rough spots, caulk and level all the holes, and prime and paint. I’m hoping to share the finished project with you next week.

The coolest part of this whole thing has been the fact that I did it from start to finish, without asking for any help or advice. Yesssss!!!

Special thanks to Ryobi for providing me with the table saw necessary to complete this coat rack. As always, all opinions, projects, and blood, sweat and tears are 100-percent mine.  

DIY shaker peg and beadboard coat rack

Hello! I hope you’ve got the same gorgeous fall weather we’ve been enjoying here in Pennsylvania.

I have been working fast and furious on some outside projects before the weather turns cold – washing windows, cleaning out the garage and building a storage solution in there, to name a few.

I’ve discovered a ridiculously quick and easy way to get my windows clean and streak-free, which I’ll be sharing in a future post. But today, I wanted to show you what I’m building in the garage.

If your family is anything like ours, winter brings with it the need to hang up lots and lots of coats! We have absolutely zero closets on our ground floor, so I’ve had to get creative with our storage. We have one small coat rack near the front door and another in the laundry room. But these two aren’t cutting the mustard. So now I’m building a mega, coat-rack-of-all-coat-racks next to the entryway in our garage. It’s ultimately going to look something like this:

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I’ve actually been meaning to do this project since last fall, but I was missing one important tool – a table saw.


Now that I’ve got this Ryobi® 10-inch portable table saw and my miter and skill saws, I can cut any piece of wood that comes my way. Mwa-ha-ha-ha. 


For this coat rack project, I am using leftover 1×3-inch boards, a piece of plywood for the upper shelf, crown molding, two shaker peg coat racks from this Etsy shop, and a roll of beadboard wallpaper.


Stay tuned for more details on how to do this project, coming soon!

Do you have a problem finding space for all your family’s outwear? Do you have any creative storage solutions that have worked for you?

Special thanks to Ryobi for providing me with the table saw necessary to complete this project. As always, all opinions, projects, and blood, sweat and tears are 100-percent mine.