Wednesday

$10 desk

The office transformation is getting close to being finished!  This project was a little unexpected.  The desk I had before was just fine but nothing fancy.  It was actually from my husband's bachelor pad before we got married.  I spruced it up by painting it white and just recently added the magenta details to the top.  I was content with it but then I realized I could have a much more glamorous desk for $10.  My mom brought me a large piece of glass that a friend of ours was getting rid of due to a big move.  The glass started the wheels turning for this project.  I remembered that I had two wood trestle bases in the garage that I found at IKEA for $5 each.  They were such a good deal that I snatched them up knowing I would find a project for them one day.  I actually used two of them before when I made this desk from a door.  

Anyways, on to the desk.  I started with two of these...


spraypainted them gold, and added the glass.  

2 bases $10
glass Free
Total: $10

Sure I'll miss the storage but I've found by adding some desktop storage I get by just fine.  Now I've just got to find a way to hide those pesky wires.






Next up:

*Makeover the free chair I have sitting in my garage
*Make slipcover for wingback chair, also sitting in garage
*Have room wired for overhead light, waiting for it to get cooler for that one
*Try not to kill fiddle leaf fig tree

27 comments:

Sarah @ Just The Bee's Knees said...

Love the desk! Great idea painting the legs gold...very glamouros!

Elisa @ What the Vita said...

Very pretty, I love it! Spray paint is better than chocolate.

Steve said...

how do you even think of these things?!

Amory said...

hahaha, oops.
Signed in as steve on that last comment :)

Diamonds Pearls and Crazy in the world of Barbie Jones said...

I LOVE THIS!!!! Ive been wanting a desk like this but didn't want the price tag that came with it! This is a fabulous alternative.

Chyanne M. said...

I used the same table legs in my office, except I sprayed painted mine silver. I like the glass top too. Nice!

Shelley said...

That is such a knockout desk! I can't get over the price either :D

Tonia said...

Great desk + great price=fabulous

Robin @ Happily Home After (the fire) said...

I also have an open desk and it floats in the center of my room, so I have been thinking about how to hide my "pesky wires" also.

I have an idea for your situation, borrowed from desks designed to face into a public area ... a "modesty panel".

You could use ply, or MDF, or even sheetrock ... whatever you have on hand. Ultimately you would place it between the wall and the back legs of the desk; it could be attached to the legs or even possibly just lay up against them?

You can cut the board to whatever dimensions are needed to conceal the "works" (pesky wires) behind.

Paint the board the same color as the wall, and it should disappear! You could even paint a baseboard line at the bottom of the board, very trompe l'oeil.

Sadly this idea won't work for my floating desk If I ever come up with a solution to my situation I will post it on my blog.

Eager to see what you do!

Amanda said...

ahahahaha! OK sooo funny- cuz girl I did the SAME thing in my office (IKEA legs spray painted gold) mine are a different style (cant remember the name) Dont you love the gold!!!
Cant wait to see the final pics!!

kristincita said...

are you at all concerned about the glass breaking? It looks fabulous. I would hate looking at my own thighs though.

Desiree said...

Looks great! Such a creative idea. And visually takes up less space. I love it.

SHERRY HART said...

I so love a cheap stylish look like this! Love...love the gold sawhorses....that makes it!

Our New Casa said...

Looks beautiful! You just gave me a great idea. I have a glass table and I don't like the base. I'm going to try to find an alternative base(s) at IKEA or thrift shops.
Thanks.
www.ournewcasa.com

trashtopleasure said...

I know it's a late comment to this post but I just recently found your blog and it is instant LOVE. I had the same dilema of hiding wires and what I did was attach some dollar store pearl and bead necklaces to them. They kind of remind me of those Chanel necklaces with all the different style chains, and pearls and beads grouped together. I used some those metal ties like the ones for garbage bags but without the paper around them and they worked like a charm. Let me know if you decide to try it. Best of luck.
Your newest fan,
Tiff

Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

OMG- I HAVE to feature this! LOOOOVE it- I'm gonna post it tomorrow!!!

Sadie + Stella said...

You are brill! Always. Love it!

www.sadieandstella.blogspot.com

Jenny said...

Awesome! Never would have thought you could get this fab look on a budget! Love it!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

So fantastic. What an inspiring place to get some work done as well. I struggle with my desk facing the wall, but I love your paintings above. So pretty to look at. Great feature on HWH.

natasha {schue love} said...

SUCH a beautiful desk and I love how EASY it was!! Wow...so glad to have found your blog through Honey We're Home! :)

Lo said...

Love your office, and I am dying over your wall color! What is it?!

Margaret said...

I was hoping to find out the actual dimensions of the glass. I have a space about the same size and I love how it fits against that wall.

If you could get me the dimensions it would be a huge help!

Grace said...

I love the paintings behind the wall.... Where are they from?

Mrs. DeVore said...

Great idea. I just prefer if legs of the desk are the same color as the chair. It looks a bit misbalanced to me.

Mrs. DeVore said...

Thank you for your input! I have actually changed the chair since I did this post. That was just a $5 thrifted chair that I used until I could find what I wanted.

Bethany DeVore said...

Where did you find/buy the sawhorses at?

Bethany DeVore said...

They are from IKEA, here's the link: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10118971/

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