Have you ever been laying in bed, laptop on your lap and your legs heat up? Or you are worried that your computer isn't getting enough ventilation and will heat up? Yeah, that was me all the time! I'm guilty of blogging or surfing Pinterest until late at night on my computer after all of the kids have fallen asleep. A laptop desk for my bed was ALWAYS on my wish list. Heck, I had even looked some up on Amazon to buy a few times. Then I saw some expensive ones from Pottery Barn and thought, forget that! So, when I was asked to create something for the Create & Share Challenge with a piece from Walnut Hollow, I finally knew what I had to do. The best thing about it... I'm showing you how to easily make your own so that you don't have to buy one that costs $100!
HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED:
Pallet Tray from Walnut Hollow $14.99 Use code SPRING2016 for 20% off until March 31st
1 4ft poplar wood slat 3/4 inch by 1 1/2 inches wide $4 at Orchards
8 Wood screws 1 1/4 inch long
Chalk paint. I used General Finishes in the color LIMESTONE
2 hardware handles. $1.38 I got mine from Lowes but I usually always get my hardware from D. Lawless
Sand paper or sander
Start out by cutting 4 legs 11 3/4 inches long. You will also need to cut 2 crossbars 11 inches long so then you will end up with 6 slats.
Flip your pallet tray to the right side of the tray and place one poplar slat in the corner and screw it in from the inside so that the screw is hidden.
Continue to screw all 4 legs on.
Take your cross bar and set in on top, on the inside of the legs and screw those one. VRS TIP* When screwing in screws and you don't want the wood to split, wet the screw with your mouth or run it over a bar of soap. Sounds really funny but it never fails!
Sand down all of the cut edges and rough corners. I chose to round out the edges.
Paint with your color of choice. My absolute new color of gray paint is Limestone from General Finishes. It is the perfect soft true gray. No purple tint! Then let it dry and add your handles to the side with your drill.
Now you can check out the other 29 projects. So many creative ideas!
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