So today after I dropped off the kids off at school, my mom and I took a trip up to Seattle to visit a huge architectural salvage place. I was looking for a way to build a nice looking desk for my bedroom that would fit both computers (once Jer gets home we'll have two), and also have more room for files. Currently I only have one nice, neat file drawer in my desk, and then a huge pile of file boxes stacked in the corner of the room with all the other various insurance and adoption and whatnot papers in them. Since I don't think I'm going to find anything ready-made or custom built in my budget that will work, I need to make my own desk/work table.
It's a really long space-- 103 inches-- and I thought the salvage place might have a counter or a slab that would work well for the top of the desk. We saw a few things that would have been really cool. For example, they had a huge beautiful piece of hand-cut, inch-and-a-half thick tempered glass that was exactly the right size and was really reasonably priced, but it just wouldn't be practical in the space as it weighed something like 400 pounds. Not only would I have serious trouble getting it into my house, but if I managed to drop it the thing would probably make a glorious hole straight through our floor.
So that was a no-go. We browsed through long aisles of doors and iron gates, lingered on a scaffolding top for a while but determined it was too narrow to sit on top of a filing cabinet, and then finally ran out of time and had to go pick up the kids.
I didn't find anything today, but I'm not in a hurry. Jer and I can make things work if we need to, so I've got time to find something that will really work in our space and isn't going to break my floor or empty my wallet. I'll keep looking!
2 months ago