Dining Room/Home Office {The Reveal}

I knew turning the dining room into a home office/dining room was going to be a big project, I just didn’t know it was going to be a big, BIG project.  Ignorance was bliss, until I was in it too far to turn back!  I don’t know that I will ever take on a project this big again (thankfully there aren’t that many this size on the to-do list!).  But here I am 2.5 months, 14 door and drawer fronts, 16 hinges, 1 gallon of primer, 1.75 quarts of polycrylic and 5 days where I thought “this is the day that I will finish” only to end the day “not finished” I am finally on the “done” side of the build.  And I’m happy.  REALLY happy!  All of the “what ifs” and unknowns are neatly tied up in a bow and all I have to do is fill up the cabinets and style the bookshelves.

Dining Room Home Office built ins full view

The biggest stress for me throughout the entire build was that inside corner where the two units meet.  I just couldn’t visualize what would look the best for that spot until I actually had most of it constructed.  And even then I wasn’t sure.  I’m really pleased with the end result.

Dining Room Home Office built ins desk view

The middle part of the desk that looks like a face frame is actually a pencil drawer.  I hadn’t decided whether I was including that until the very last part of the project, but I’m glad I did.  I’ll show you how I made the drawer in another post.

Dining Room Home Office built ins shelf view

The right cabinet under the shelves has a charging station in it that I am loving also.  I’ll show more details in a later post.  Couldn’t wait to get the reveal up, so the detail shots will have to wait!

Dining Room Home Office Built Ins left side

I’m a file-drawer junkie, so the two bottom drawers are both hanging file drawers.  Lot of room for organizing, gotta love that!

Dining Room Home Office right side

Dining Room Home Office built ins full view

If you recall, we don’t have much time to sit back and enjoy the fact that this is finished this year–I’ve got one graduating this spring, eek!  I’ve already moved on to trying to pick out a table, chairs, and rug for this room to really finish it up…and move on to the next project ;)

More posts on this build will be churned out!


As always, I only use PureBond plywood in my builds because the air quality in my home matters to me.  I have used this plywood since the very beginning of my woodworking adventure and I love it.


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38 responses to “Dining Room/Home Office {The Reveal}”

  1. Erin S says :

    Wow!! It looks absolutely amazing and well worth the wait!! I love all the details that you put into it (the pencil drawer, a charging station – Swoon)! You keep me inspired and motivated on my journey with DIY! I’m not quite ready for such a big build now, but I hope it’s on my horizon!! Congratulations, it’s absolutely stunning!! Great Job!!


  2. Shelley says :

    It looks gorgeous!


  3. billlattpa says :

    Beautiful work!


  4. Amy says :

    It’s beautiful! What an amazing job!


  5. beth thompson says :

    LOVE it!!!! You are amazing!


  6. Mike Johnston says :

    Holy Sh*t! that’s awesome! Just beautiful..great work. I’m sure you’re very proud..I know I would be!


  7. Tracy Smith says :

    Kristen, all I can say is wow!!!! That’s amazing!!! I can’t wait to see some of the details in this baby!


  8. Cheryl says :

    Absolutely breathtaking!!! Did I miss the post on how you created your face frames for the doors? What type of hinges did you use? Any tips on how to install them so perfectly?

    Looking forward to the post on the charging station! I have that on my list to create when we remodel the farmhouse kitchen this fall.


    • Pink Toes and Power Tools says :

      Thanks Cheryl!! And you haven’t missed the posts on the building process :) I have found that once I have a project complete, I can’t wait to get it on here, so I do it a little backward–reveal toward the beginning and then I go back and talk about how I went about it.

      I did my hinge install a little differently this time and it went SOOO much smoother, so I can’t wait to write that post up and share it. I will be doing a post on the doors also :) Lots of posting to come about this project, lol!


  9. gail says :

    Great job! So glad you’re building again. Super motivating. Can’t wait for the follow up posts.


  10. HammerLikeAGirl says :

    Congrats! It looks absolutely fantastic and if I were you I couldn’t wait to move stuff into it and get hyper-organized (my dream, not my reality!). So glad to see a post from you, it’s been too long :)


  11. Anonymous says :

    You never cease to amaze me, Kristen! Gorgeous!


  12. Heidi says :

    Holy Wow! Absolutely stunning! And I love the way you treated the inside corner…I think I’m most looking forward to that post. Blown away. Way to get it!!!


  13. Laurie says :

    Kristen!!! OMG! Your project turned out amazing! Like, holy Sh_ _ AMAZING!!
    How far away do you live??? :D I want to learn how to do that! You should be very proud of yourself! Just gorgeous!


  14. billlattpa says :

    Your project was featured on the Kreg Tool Forum if you didn’t already know. I showed the photos to my wife and she absolutely loved it. She was checking out your projects and also loved the paneled hallway/entry project. She asked me to do something like that in our hallway and front entry. I had to remind her that I had already tried to panel the hallway and she told me that it wouldn’t look “right”. Of course she denied it!


  15. Anne@ Stoneybrooke Story says :

    Wow! This is almost exactly what I want to do to our office eventually, but we are tackling other projects right now. Great job! It looks amazing!


  16. Carianne says :



  17. Kat says :

    This is absolutely amazing! I chuckled when I saw your original sketch plans from years ago because the cost of having them made vs. DIY, well, I don’t want to know lol. My MIL had a simple build in her laundry room that cost well over $2,000, and the work done was fairly simple from a construction standpoint.


  18. Frank White says :

    Looks awesome! Did you build the cabinet boxes yourself?


  19. Cindy says :

    I love this project absolutely beautiful. I need to build something just like it but not so big. Do you have plans for the desk portion with the file cabinet drawers and the upper cabinets?


  20. Boudie says :

    I really like your style. I must have my toes painted pink as it gives great power!
    Not sure what my wife thinks about that…


  21. melanie dowdy says :

    Love this! I’ve been looking for a plan that “turns the corner”


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