Making a Maker Space

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Introduction: Making a Maker Space

As we had two weeks on are hands we decided to decorate a space for distance learning. we had some old 2 by 4's laying around so I took all the nails and staples out of them. After 2 days of work I was ready to plain them down. We put the desk making on hold to paint the room we First painted a multi color wall for are first coat. Then we make some cardboard cutouts of hexagons. we used tape and taped out the lines of the hexagons.After that we painted a cote of white paint over the whole wall. The final step for the wall was to take the tape of and reveal are hard work. After that we got to work on are desks we made a sketch of are desks in sketchup. Me and my dad made the desks and then stained them with a black stain to create an industrial look to the desks. my mom painted the in sides of the hexagon in the desk. my dad put a bonding agent on the bottom of the desktop so it would hold together. Are last step was to decorate we laid out a area rug and made are desks personal. My sister and I have been working in the space for four weeks now and we love it.

Supplies

We used mostly recycled materials so this is a rough estimate

15-2 by 4's

3 gallons of paint

1-8' by 4' foot masonite board

1 can of water based black wood stain

Peg board

Staining rags

Foam brushes

1 can of over coat

1 can of wood filler

Latex caulk

30 Lag Bolts with washers

Forstner drill bit

220 grit sandpaper

Tools

Impact driver

Power drill

Electric sander

Miter saw

electric router

Level

Utility Knife

Jig saw

Step 1: The First Coat of Paint

Our first coat of paint is a multi color craziness. Remember that it doesn't have to be perfect becouse a layer of paint is going on top.

Step 2: The Start of the Hexagons

When taping make sure to be as precise as possible and once in awhile check out how you are doing by making sure it's level with leveling tool. In this process start from the center and work your way out. If there is any little pieces of tape in the center of the hexagons remove it with and utility knife.

Step 3: Removing the Tape

After the tape is removed, the wall should look something like this. Make sure to remove the tape carefully to prevent peeling of the previous layer of paint.

Step 4: Now the Desks

The desk was made by recycled 2 by 4's that were planed and bolted together. This is the design that we created in Sketchup.

Step 5: The Desk Top

We used a sheet of Masonite Board that was 4' x 8' and cut it into two 'L' shapes with a Jigsaw. This allowed for very little waist of the material. We also rounded out the edges of the board using a hand router.

Step 6: Cut and Assemble

We then cut the measurements of the desk legs using a Miter Saw. Using a electric drill with a Forstner bit we created the holes for the leg bolts. We then drilled the leg bolts with a Impact Driver.

Step 7: Staining and Paint the Desk

Once the base of the desk was assembled we then added the color to the wood. We used black water-based wood stain and applied that with a rag. We added three coats allowing dry time between the coats of stain. Then we added lacquer to the desk using a foam brush to seal the stain. After dry, we did a light sand with 220 grit sand paper. The desk was then covered by a water-based polyurethane. We then used a small amount of the wall paint and a paint brush to give the desk a little color in the hexagons that we created in the design. Finally, the top and base of the desk were connected to each other using a latex caulk.

Step 8: The Finishing Touches

Now all you have to do is decorate the room so it's yours. We added storage for legos and craft supplies. We also added pegboard and sprayed the utility box with paint to allow it to become a display board for paper projects. A carpet on the floor made the room more comfortable.

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    6 Comments

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    Sashaberry
    Sashaberry

    7 months ago

    I also REALLY like the first coat of paint . . . the different shades of paint BEFORE the layer of hexagons. How did you create the FIRST coat of paint on the wall? See the attached image, please. Nice work

    First Coat of Paint.PNG
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    FarmGirlGrace08
    FarmGirlGrace08

    8 months ago

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!
    WISH I COULD DO THAT IN MY ROOM

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    DianaHM
    DianaHM

    1 year ago

    I really like it!

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    seamster
    seamster

    1 year ago

    Looks great! I have to admit, I kind of love the crazy first coat of paint. I'm tempted to do something similar to some walls in my house! Any tips on how you did that?

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    Sawyer Hahn
    Sawyer Hahn

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks for the compliment. When you paint make sure to let the first layer of paint cure completely before adding the tape on top. We just made some cardboard hexagons and started from the middle and worked are way out. Just a heds up this project will take you about a week and a half for all of the drying and curing to be done. Agen thanks alot for the complment.