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Metamorphosis: from junk shed to cozy work and relaxation area

After ten months of invariably working at the kitchen table, it has been great. The family has a space upstairs that they would like to give a new multifunctional role: office space for Martine and Stefan and a relaxation area for the kids. Patrick will ensure that it becomes a practical place with plenty of storage space.

Paper work place

Patrick starts with the basics of the workspace. He places a botanical wallpaper behind the desk. This gives depth and atmosphere. Do you want to work at home and do you need multiple roles? “Always pay attention to the batch number and the amount of extra length you need to allow a motif to continue. If the batch number differs, there is a chance of a color difference. You don’t want that.”

Repaint paneling

Stefan and Martine had austere blue paneling in the room. Since this does not match the atmosphere that Patrick and Lieke have in mind, Patrick paints the paneling in a natural tone in a playful way. Nice effect!

Patrick uses MUD SOLDIER NO for this. 46 from LAB PAINT.

Make office furniture

Patrick makes a desk that is three meters wide and 70 centimeters deep, which makes it easy for Stefan and Martine to work side by side. In addition, the DIY expert makes a lot of cupboard space. For this he uses the super strong 18 millimeter birch plywood.

When making a desk, consider the height. “The advice is somewhere between 75 and 80 cm. This is a good height for your back and you can keep it up all day.” Patrick made the legs 74 cm high. Add to that the thickness of the top and you will arrive at exactly the desired height.

Since the desktop has to support quite a few kilos, Patrick glues and screws the parts of the legs together. In addition, it strengthens the whole with so-called ribs between the legs.

Blind mounting of cupboard space

Patrick places a large cupboard above the desk. Since he does not want you to be able to see how the cabinets are mounted, the handyman opts for blind mounting. To achieve this, he has mounted the rear plate slightly recessed. In addition, it attaches one shelf to the cabinet and one to the wall, which collapse when mounted.

Also for the assembly of the cupboard space, the strongest result applies both gluing and drilling.

To ensure that the cabinets will hang firmly on the wall, Patrick works with several plugs and sturdy long screws. This way you can be sure that they have a lot of carrying capacity.

Treat wood

Patrick only treats the wood of both the desk and the storage cabinet with stain. This penetrates the wood and makes the grain beautifully visible. It gives the whole a somewhat robust touch.

For this job Patrick uses a Vestingh Wood Stain Transparent.

Tile the desk

Lieke is going to tile the desktop. For this she uses ready-made tile adhesive that is specially intended for birch plywood. “Always read on the packaging what the processing time is. I now have thirty minutes to process the tiles on the panel. You wipe the adhesive in curls with circular movements. This way you get the most even distribution of the adhesive.”

Once the glue has dried, you can start grouting. It is important that the grout is completely smooth. Mixing well is a must. Lieke spreads the grout between the grout with a skimmer. Make large circular movements so that every joint is filled.

Finally, Lieke washes the tiles with a damp sponge. “Sometimes you see somewhat thicker joint lines. You can repair this by making rotating movements with the sponge.”

Build a room divider

Since the room has two functions, Patrick makes a room divider. Here the handyman makes slats that you can open and close. “This allows them to work undisturbed from each other, but you still keep it open. Moreover, this item also works well for acoustics.”

Small side note when making a room divider with slats: if you want to run wood on wood, there is a chance that the resistance is too great. To solve this, Patrick places a small plastic ring, so that the slats can move smoothly on the screws.

To stabilize the room divider, Patrick mounts a planter on the side. “If you can’t get rid of such a planter, you can also go for a wide plate or legs. This way you get the same effect.”

Repetition of color

As a finishing touch, Lieke has stained a shelf on top of the old TV cabinet in the same color as Patrick used for the desk and cabinet. This repetition of color creates one whole.

After two long days of work, the end result may be there!


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