Changes Around the House - Ping Pong and White Boards

We recently made a big, super fun change to my home office. Basically it's no longer a home office; it's the world's most artistic game room.

That's right - my super cute desk has been turned into a ping pong table. I'm not even mad about it... I'm having so much fun playing ping pong that I don't have time to miss my workspace!

This project happened while I was out of town, so unfortunately I have no photos of the process. I'll just walk you through it. It's fairly simple, actually.

The husband bought a $25 ping pong table on Craigslist. It had seen better days. First, he removed the table from its metal stand. There were scratches in the surface, so he patched those up with wood filler. Once the wood filler was dry, he gave the surface a light sanding and rolled on three coats of dark gray paint with a smooth, cabinet-grade paint roller. (It was previously an obnoxiously bright royal blue.)

We had to make some tweaks to use my desk as the platform. He cut 1x4 white pine studs to screw into the underside of the table so it would be a level playing surface. (The surface was slightly warped before - like I said, it had seen better days.) There are four total wood runners, two in the center and one on each side.

We needed some sort of padding between the wood runners and the wood table so that we weren't scratching my precious table, so he used some rubber mats (an exercise/yoga mat, to be exact) to pad the runners. It worked perfectly! He's a genius sometimes.

In case you are wondering, we have only hit the chandelier with the ball a few times. Every time we do, it's a do-over. Other than that, we have plenty of space to play. Of course we aren't Olympic-level table tennis players who stand 10 feet behind the table - that definitely wouldn't work in this room.

I promise this project isn't really as random as it looks. We both have always loved playing ping pong, so we have been talking about getting a table for a while. We knew we would play each other all the time and thought it would be fun to have when our friends and Scott's players come over to the house.

It's been four days, and we're officially addicted. One day we'll be those elderly people playing ping pong instead of bridge or golf. We have starting an ongoing win/loss tally, and as I write this we are tied at 10 wins a piece. I'm sure the tie will be broken by the time we go to bed tonight...

One room over is Scott's office/my workout room, which we've been gradually changing. We scored this giant white board at a local office store that was going out of business, and Scott replaced the flimsy metal frame with cedar 2x3 studs. It looks great! He loves having it for planning out practice and doing all of his football X's and O's.

He even added a little tray for the markers! He's so detail-oriented. Sometimes we're such opposites that it really makes me laugh.

Anyway, those are just a couple of the random projects we have going on over here.

What do you think - am I crazy to let my adorable home office be overtaken by the madness that is competitive table tennis? Is my husband crazy for creating his own custom white board frame, completely with special marker tray? Maybe we're both a little bonkers?

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