The “desktop” phase of our Media Wall was definitely the easiest part. It was so easy I hesitate to call it DIY. I started by buying 2 panels of ready-made pine butcherblock panels from Bunnings.
The panels are 900mm wide (I only needed 700mm) so I ran each one through my table saw (and promptly hoarded the offcuts). Then I lay them on top of my base cupboards and screwed them in place by driving a screw up through the top of each cupboard and into the desktop.
(Weirdly abstract picture of the inside of a cupboard – the 3 screws in the top are holding the desktop in place. I ran out of the right sized screws so I used one longer screw and didn’t screw it all the way in. Sometimes you just gotta work with what you have.)
As I needed 3 pieces to make my 5m long desktop, I made sure that each join was located on top of a base cupboard. That way the joints were nice and stable.
I rounded the corner off with a jigsaw so it wouldn’t take one of the kids’ eyes out.
Then I sanded, stained, enameled and voila! A beautiful, 5m long, wooden desktop.
(Here’s a photo Emma took of me staining the desktop … in pajama shorts … with a wedgy …and baby #3 “helping”.)
Up next: the upper shelves.