I feel badly because I owe some of you Meal Planner Monday!! Particularly since I started planning healthier meals for my family on a budget! I promise to get you my best and most frugal meals, both good for your wallet and your appendix hole.
But before I get back to that, here's what I just made for my new home office. It's pretty kick-A if I don't say so myself. My inspiration came from the Young House Love. They created a beautiful office desk, that looks like a custom $$$ built-in!
I built my office desk using a lot of the same resources they did at Young House Love. HELLO Habitat for Humanity Restore! I love you! Have you been to one? It's freakin' awesome and when you purchase through them, it goes to a great cause.
At the blog Young House Love, they were able to find cabinets at their Local Restore for a $1 each. What the WHAT? Seeing that, I couldn't bring myself to buy anything for more than $20 a cabinet. SO, I went on the hunt. I called local thrift stores. I called Custom Kitchen Companies to see their inventory of used kitchens. I check craigslist everyday. All this with no luck. You know the problem with trying to find kitchen cabinets is that people want to sell the whole set. BLAH!
Finally I tried our local Habitat Store. I didn't try this first because it was 40 minutes away home and I needed to find babysitting. Do you know how hard that is to do with four kids? You know the drill. But alas, the stars aligned and I was able to pull together a trip to Norristown, find babysitting (Thank God for grandparents!) and get there the day of their 25% OFF EVERYTHING sale! I win! I purchased four cabinets originally $10.00 each for $7.50 each. I bought all those knobs for 75¢ each. I also found two cans of Minwax stain in ebony for the custom built counter top for 75¢ each.
And I used the Tutorial from Aubrey and Lindsey's Little House Blog to construct the desk counter-top. I use the word I, as if I actually did this myself. My Husband did the constructing and I sanded and stained.
The lumber and the hardware cost $54.67. The whole project cost...drum roll please...$94.39! Gotta love that! And I do.