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  1. delightfullyteal
    delightfullyteal at · Reply

    The desk looks great! I love this idea for a bedroom or office area!!

  2. Gilit
    Gilit at · Reply

    Loooove! The desk looks incredible and maybe it’s just me who is terrified to come up with my own piece of furniture and build it, but I’m so impressed.
    Also, you lied about being a bum. Just sayin’ 🙂

  3. Danielle
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    What a great desk! And it’s nice that it’s big enough that you can sit down next to your girlie and work or play along side her. The aqua is so pretty and works so well with the other colors going on in the room. As for the mess… I like to call it creative chaos. 🙂

  4. Danielle
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    Oh… and I can’t wait to read about the bulletin board. It immediately caught my eye. Love!

  5. Kelly (Cobwebs, Cupcakes And Crayons)
    Kelly (Cobwebs, Cupcakes And Crayons) at · Reply

    Alex, that came out amazing! She must love it. And I loved the real life kid’s bedroom picture. Do you know how many times I take pictures for my blog and crop out the mess!?

  6. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen at · Reply

    What a great work station.. such pretty colors as well!

  7. Victoria Elizabeth
    Victoria Elizabeth at · Reply

    I SO heartily endorse that aqua color. I’d like to spray paint something in my own bedroom that color!! She must LOVE the end result! Simple and practical. Also actually looks totally doable.

    I don’t think the mess photo is really that bad… Paul went skiing a few weeks ago, and I was alone for a whole week and did no laundry and did not make the bed… and just threw stuff on the floor… and it was great.

    Although her room looks like it might be possibly painful to walk through without paying attention… however? The cleaned up version really IS awesome and Pinterest worthy in the totally-not-realistic-way everyone seems to love about Pinterest. Something about the two perfectly-arranged chairs, the sparkling carpet… like a kids-home magazine.

  8. now at home mom
    now at home mom at · Reply

    I love it , it’s so pretty and girly too! 🙂 btw, your daughter’s mess is not close to be as bad as my son’s nursery 😉 even after I clean his room it still looks messy 😉

  9. Stacey
    Stacey at · Reply

    I certainly hope mom and dad got some serious screams of excitement and maybe some handmade thank you’s for putting this fab desk together. No doubt she is beyond happy. I love the color choice and how the top seems to float above the cabinets. Very cool design.
    I would have LOVED to have this when I was her age.

    You know the mess just doesn’t seem that bad to me. I don’t think my mom saw the carpet in my room until I finally moved out. It went from toys and dolls to shoes, clothes, and makeup smashed into the carpet. Ha Ha! Maybe if they had built me a super cool desk …. I’m just sayin’.

    Love the bulletin boards too. Those are Awesome. Great job on everything. I’m taking notes for my craft space that will “someday” get created.

  10. thethinkingcloset
    thethinkingcloset at · Reply

    The new desk looks SMASHING, dahling. I love how much surface area she has now for her artistry…in fact, can you build me one? I think I sorta need one now, too.

    And I think you should totally pin that picture – – we need more “real” pics on Pinterest, don’t we?

    Looking forward to your follow-up posts with more diy deets!

  11. Stephen Hughes
    Stephen Hughes at · Reply

    I’m so impressed with this, as being the most descriptive way of creating a desk! and spraying a filing cabinet! (which is a challenge in itself to dismantle) – great colour too!

    I hope your daughter was as delighted as you both must have been from producing it!

    I think you need to start thinking of writing a book or something, as your work really is worth the read!

    kindest regards Steve
    http://www.we-love-wood.com

  12. Thrift Shopper for Peace
    Thrift Shopper for Peace at · Reply

    ok. i totally would have just thrown a piece of wood across the top of the two cabinets and had that whole sag thing going on. what a smart and easy way to prevent that from happening. very cool.

  13. Aubrey Tate (@projectlovegood)
    Aubrey Tate (@projectlovegood) at · Reply

    Lovely job on that filing desk table!! I was just telling my husband that I have an idea that turns a filing desk into a table for our print-making studio, using wood on the tops of the cabinets to make a table. I want it table or bar height, so I’m waiting on the right filing cabinets.

  14. kimberly ah
    kimberly ah at · Reply

    This is awesome! You guys make it look so easy! 🙂

  15. jolene
    jolene at · Reply

    I love this project. Great choice on the colour too. I may just have to try this for my crafts table I’m looking to make for our basement.

  16. Christina @ No. 29 Design
    Christina @ No. 29 Design at · Reply

    That came out great. I’m about to try this in my own home so I’m taking notes!

  17. Taylor de Sa
    Taylor de Sa at · Reply

    This is a great idea… also for adults who share a home office! I really like this!

  18. cheryl
    cheryl at · Reply

    Oh yes, PIN IT! As much as I love pinterest, really, how often do we get a chance to see kid’s rooms being actually used by kids? It’s so nice to see everything cleaned up and tidy, but then it seems so awful to walk into your kids’ rooms and see how they really use it, which just means that we end up with unrealistic expectations of how rooms get used. I had to walk out of my daughters’ beddroom a few days ago and close the door behind me it was so awful, and lemme tell you, that wasn’t because of high expectations, that was because I needed a hazmat team. No lie… I swear…

  19. Jessi
    Jessi at · Reply

    This is EXACTLY what I needed for my 8 year old niece’s desk in her new home! Thank you for the detailed instructions! They are going to be thrilled. : )

  20. Filing Cabinet Desk
    Filing Cabinet Desk at ·

    […] This idea by Alex from Northstory is so creative and beautiful. You can see the tutorial right here: http://www.northstory.ca/?p=4423. […]

  21. john
    john at · Reply

    Hi

    This is a great idea, we sell colourful filing cabinets here in the UK and have seen many of our customers try this very thing over the years for home offices or study, Now this is becoming even more popular in the modern bright office environment. As an example a customer bought 2 Purple filing cabinets and Topped it off with a Granite effect Kitchen style worktop available at the local DIY store. Not cheap but a great one off design – but it just goes to show that with a bit of imagination there is no limit to the colour combinations. Okay and now the plug for any UK readers

    http://www.directofficesupply.co.uk/colourful-metal-filing-cabinets-and-office-storage-b51

    cheers

    j

  22. Candi Hagan
    Candi Hagan at · Reply

    I love this!!! The desk is awesome and the “real life photos” are refreshing!!!

  23. Sami
    Sami at · Reply

    Love this & your princess is completely right, aqua is gorgeous & completely of the moment! I am a home schooling Mom to a terrific son who is 5&1/2 & I WANT MY KITCHEN TABLE BACK!!!! This will 100% achieve that, thank you. My husband is a great wood craftsman & big fan of the Home Depot scrap bin. I am pretty sure we have all the wood we need here. I was also thinking of taking one of those (cheap) skinny bookcases but laying it on it’s side & putting it up against the back of the desk top. Grab those cute storage bins to put in the 4 or 5 divided sections intended for books that may solve your dilemma on the plastic tower to the left! Oh course only AQUA for your sweetie!

  24. Make a homework are in the holidays | Supermom
    Make a homework are in the holidays | Supermom at ·

    […] This is a great idea if you have two kids sharing a study area – or even if you’d like your own spot at the table when you’re helping with homework. Apart from the extra-long desk mounted on filing cabinets, there’s ample lighting under the overhead shelf and twin pinboards for pictures and papers. Find the DIY instructions for the double desk here. […]

  25. DRUM Supermom Make a homework area at home » DRUM Supermom

    […] This is a great idea if you have two kids sharing a study area – or even if you’d like your own spot at the table when you’re helping with homework. Apart from the extra-long desk mounted on filing cabinets, there’s ample lighting under the overhead shelf and twin pinboards for pictures and papers. Find the DIY instructions for the double desk here. […]

  26. eveofreduction
    eveofreduction at · Reply

    This is SO practical because so often I’m sitting with my kids helping them with their work – they’re sitting and I’m kneeling next to them. GREAT project!

  27. hezakiya
    hezakiya at · Reply

    If you wouldn’t mind sharing, what was the cost for all of the materials start to finish?

  28. Cathy C
    Cathy C at · Reply

    looks great! I have used a door from homedepot for a desk top on filing cabinets too!

  29. Make a homework area at home | DRUM Supermom

    […] This is a great idea if you have two kids sharing a study area – or even if you’d like your own spot at the table when you’re helping with homework. Apart from the extra-long desk mounted on filing cabinets, there’s ample lighting under the overhead shelf and twin pinboards for pictures and papers. Find the DIY instructions for the double desk here. […]

  30. Allyson @ All Our Days
    Allyson @ All Our Days at · Reply

    We’re trying to make a desk like this. What is the finished height? Would it work for adults or would it be better a little taller? We!re trying to decide between the regular file cabinets and the ones that are slightly (3″) taller.

  31. Veronica Peters
    Veronica Peters at · Reply

    This is amazing! I have been scoring the internet since it’s impossible to find what I’m looking for in stores. This is the perfect art table for my kids to share in the playroom in our new house. Thank you so much for all the details…can’t wait to make this! Do you mind sharing where those awesome chairs are from?

  32. Veronica Peters
    Veronica Peters at · Reply

    Awesome! Thank you! These are adult sizes chairs right?

  33. Hannah
    Hannah at · Reply

    I wish I was this creative! It would really come in handy if I could do something like this for my new apartment. I’ll just have to figure it out and recruit help!
    http://familyfocusblog.com

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  35. sooze98148
    sooze98148 at · Reply

    Hi, Alex,

    I just got here via Hometalk (I think).

    We’re currently working on my office. The walls were painted three shades of taupey-gray and, about four days ago, I decided the accent color should be Tiffany Box Blue.

    I have four three-drawer file cabinets that I think were manufactured by the same company that made yours…at least the pulls are exactly the same.

    The other person in this house thought I should just paint the drawer fronts but I see you two did a fabulous job painting the entire cabinet! So, thank you for the ammunition. And, I see that you were able to pull the drawers out of the cabinets, too.

  36. Yvonne
    Yvonne at · Reply

    Thank you for the post. I am in the process of converting a spare bedroom into a office/library/craft room and have been trying to figure out a way to make a desk that would do everything I need. Now all I need is a handyman to show this to and I am in business!!!!

  37. Alex
    Alex at · Reply

    Hi! This is an awesome idea. I’m wondering if your filing cabinets were textured at all or if they were the smooth ones? Also, how is it holding up? Thanks

  38. Zajawka
    Zajawka at · Reply

    Awsome!

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