back in march, i was looking for inspiration for our workspace and i posted the picture below. i love that is doesn't appear to be an obvious desk when closed. a few frames and decor pieces on top helps it blend nicely into the rest of the house.
here's the space i planned to put the desk when we moved in, its just across from the living room.
the wall was tricky because of all the things it had going on. the air intake filter top left, door bell to the right of that, the thermostat was directly in the middle of the wall with the light switch a little below to the right. then there's the awkward wood built in that i needed to keep for storage but hide because it wasn't working for me.
below is the cupboard my friend michelle and i turned into my custom secretary desk
we sanded it all over, wood puttied everywhere, sanded a ton more, put on four legs, four wheels and cut the top edge off all around it then primed and painted.
here's the after -- i love it!
(there's no picture of the inside because it's not yet finished)
we have our laptop, charger and other electronics in it now so it's usable, just not complete.
i bought this old metal bertoia chair at farm chicks for $20 last june
above you can see the door we built, painted and hung to cover the built in and you'll notice the thermostat moved to just above the light switch.
(we hired a handyman to go into the crawl space, rewire and move the thermostat over the needed 15 inches. it took him about 2 hours)