Since I have known what I will be doing for my final project for this course for awhile, my overall plans for building/constructing the desk have been set into place. Since this is a larger piece of semi permeant furniture to go into the room, I will be keeping my original thoughts on sticking with the craftsmen aesthetics since that is what the room is styled as. I did decide that the first step in completing this project would be to build the TV lift cabinet first since that will dictate how long the portion that will be the flip down desk is.
After deciding that was my first step I have purchased and received the TV lift mechanism (shown below). I then placed the TV I will be using on the lift to get an exact measurement of what the lowest possible height of the TV could be, this turned out to be 30 inches. This should work fine considering that the average desk height ranges from 28-33 inches. I personally like my desks taller, so I will be sticking to the high range of those numbers. As a reminder, since there are still two other components to be made to fit the wall, the cabinet itself will not be much longer than the TV at 32 inches to give a couple inches of clearance. I will be constructing the cabinet at some point this weekend and will provide a cut list and tool list in the next post.
Figure 1: Touchstone Valueline TV Lift on Amazon
Next, I will be showing examples of different paint ideas as well as techniques that I have been considering using since overall the style of the cabinet will showcase craftsmen style building techniques.
The first painting style I am considering can be thought of as using two tones on the same piece of furniture. I think at the very least I want this cabinet to stand out as a interesting furniture piece in the room that isn’t just taking up space. I want it to be interesting to look at too.
Figure 2: Made by and photographed by Ryan Findley.
Figure 3: Made by and photographed by Marie at Interior Frugalista.
As for overall color I think I am still going to try to go with darker colors that will add a bit of pop when you come into the room. The colors that the room is current painted in is In the Buff (walls) and Simmering Smoke (Trim).
Figure 4: In the Buff (Right) and Simmering Smoke (Left) on PPG color website.
To simulate what I colors I have been playing with I spent the time drawing out the desk then applying each color to where I am thinking it could go. By doing this I realized I am still so far away from truly picking out what the final cabinet will look like. Below are a few examples of what I have been experimenting with along with the wall color behind them.
Figure 5: PPG1019-6 with SW 6989 between the slats.
Figure 6: SW 6989 with dark stained wood between the slats.
Figure 7: SW 7655 with a stenciled pattern between the slats.
Figure 8: SW 7005 with a stenciled pattern between the slats. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07L18HDKX/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1  https://contest.generalfinishes.com/entries/2018/navy-meets-natural-dresser  https://www.interiorfrugalista.com/2018/07/whitewashed-geometric-dresser-makeover.html  https://www.ppgpaints.com/color/color-families/neutrals/in-the-buff