When we first moved into out house, there was a corner in our living room that was just empty space. I decided we could get the best use out of that space by turning it into a desk/command center.
I started by adding vertical shiplap to the wall. You can find pre-made shiplap at lowes or home depot. It’s worth the extra cost to get the pre-made and pre-primed shiplap in my opinion. I installed it on the wall using a battery operated brad nailer, linked here. For all the tricky cuts I used a jigsaw, linked here!
I filled in all the nail holes using spackle. My favorite spackle, linked here.
Then I sanded and caulked around the edges.
After the shiplap was up, I painted it. I went with the color “vine Leaf” by Behr. That being said, do yourself a favor and paint the sides of the shiplap before you install them. you will save yourself a LOT of time!
The next step was building the desk. I used 2x4s and created a rectangle box the size I wanted the desk to be. Inside the “box” I added supports ( like ladder rungs). I mounted the frame for the desk to the shiplap wall using 3″ screws, screwed into the studs. One of the corners of the desk needed additional support so I added a desk leg to that corner.
For the desk top, I cut a piece of plywood to size and mitered the edges. Then I added front pieces to the desk and also mitered them. When assembled, the mitered corners made the desk look seamless.
For the floating shelves on top of the desk, I used 1x2s as supports, and created a hollow box to slide over the supports. both the shelves and the desk I then used wood conditioner on, sanded with 220 grit or higher sandpaper, and then stained and sealed them.
It was a bit of a process but in the end it was worth it. We use this space all the time!