Ok, here is a little follow up to the story about the third bunk bed. In an effort to use every little bit of space and in order to give the bigger Dudes a quiet place to do their homework, we designed and built a double desk and bookshelf.
The plan was to attach a bookshelf to the wall, with a work light on the bottom. Then to build the desk so it just slides into the space under the third bunk. After some hasty measurements I sketched out this rough draft.
Once I got the “ok” from Leane, Richie, and the Dudes it was time to start making some sawdust – and I made a lot of it.
Things started taking shape pretty quickly and before too long something that looked like a bookshelf and a desk appeared in my garage.
After a little bit of sanding (one can never have too much sawdust) it was time for paint. We chose a bright white to try to match some IKEA cabinets in the room and to reflect as much light in the room as possible.
Then finally it was time for the install. Needless to say with all the helpers I had that was a piece of cake.
Note to all parents: This next part is Top Secret, skip this part. Having once been a little boy myself, I was convinced that the desk needed a secret compartment. So, after sending Leane out of the room, I showed the dudes the hidden compartment I made in the desk.
As a finishing touch Suzie painted the underside of Duke’s bunk a nice bright white too.
We liked the way the white paint reflected the light under the bunks and made it more enjoyable to read bedtime stories at night.
I gotta say Cadence was pretty excited. He was trying to pile his books on the shelf even before I had all the screws in.
Well, that about it for this edition of the Adventure Journal.
A final note: As Suzie and I were driving home Leane sent us this photo of Duke and Cade reading at the desk. I think that pretty much says it all.
Happy Dudes = Happy Grandpa
Thanks for following along, Kat