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DIY Desk

wood clamps on desk

Last time I checked-in with you guys regarding our office updates & DIY Desk, this was the tentative plan:

DIY DESK PLAN

Thankfully, I’m back to report that the “plan” has rolled out into a successful desk reality! If you missed the previous post, allow me to give you the SparkNotes version of the story.
Goodwill Cabinets

  • Magically found these cabinets at Goodwill for $6.99 each… sold!
  • Planned to lay a piece of wood across the cabinets to create a desk
  • Wanted to paint the top of the desk white

Fast forward about 2 weeks, and this is the picture book version of the story:
DIY Desk in Progress

Not bad, right? My favorite part of this project so far is that the whopping total of this desk came to right around $36, and that’s including the $15 I spent on the two cabinets. Here is the exact cost breakdown:

Cabinets – 6.99 each
72”x18” Wood Board – $21.34 (cut to size – FREE!)
White Paint/Primer – Left over from a previous project (FREE)
Paintbrush/Roller – Leftover from a previous project (FREE)
Sander/Sandpaper – Leftover, (FREE)

Total
: $35.32 + tax

So here’s what we did to make this happen.

desk wood

IMG_6752The piece alone was a little plain, but exactly what I had envisioned. Part of the process that I didn’t foresee was the extra 2 inch piece of scrap wood that was sawed off the side of the desk top to make it fit perfectly on top of the cabinets. IMG_6754Instead of wasting that scrap, I added it to the back of the desk to create a “lip”, or a more finished backsplash look. (Totally unnecessary but ended out working out in my situation).
IMG_6748So with the new backsplash laid on there, this was the exact “plan”. All I had to do was glue on the backsplash using some wood glue and clamps, paint the sucker, and then get to work on my new desk!

Wood Clamps on desktop
wood clamps on desk

clamps for woodFor this step all you need is some wood glue and some clamps to hold the wood in place for about 24 hours. The hardest part was finding someone who had wood clamps I could borrow.

hole in wood for cordsI also wanted to drill a hole on the top of the desk to feed my computer cords through later on.  You can read the step-by-step tutorial on that process here. (In only took 3 steps!)

white desk topI sanded, primed, sanded, painted, sanded, painted my white desk top. It took one coat of primer and 3 coats of paint and I made sure to sand the grain down lightly in between each coat.

DIY Desk in ProgressAfter all the coats were dry, we were done and so excited with our new DIY desk. For under $40 for my new desk that fits perfectly in this space, I could not be more excited to get to work!

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Update: We revealed the office makeover & finalized DIY desk and can’t wait for you to check it out. Read all about it here.

office desk and gallery

 

 

 

 

 

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Casey’s Office Progress

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Since we moved into our Chicago apartment last October, I’ve complained about the small “triangle room” we have. It’s oddly shaped, oddly sized, and it became quite the design dilemma for me. In fact, ever since we moved in this room has just been a catchall for all of our clutter. Basically if we had something that didn’t have a home in the rest of our apartment…it could be found shoved in here.
I slowly started to tackle this space with a reading nook and swag light which made a big difference in there. However it was still far from finished.
Hallway view
Because once you entered the room and looked to the right, you were greeted with a scary scene.
Office Wall Before
Office Before
Yikes. Clearly this desk area left much to be desired. Well I’m happy to say that after a little rearranging, a trip to Ikea, and a few Sundays with a very patient fiancé…this room is now looking much better.
Take a look…
Office Makeover
The room now feels much lighter and brighter. We first took absolutely everything out of the room and started with a blank slate. For me, I find that this technique really helps me to come up with a game plan for the space. Oftentimes people just shove furniture into a room, without much rhyme or reason to its placement. That was definitely the case in here. We then put everything back into the room with a better idea of where it should go, and why it should go there.
Obviously the diamond accent wall is a new touch to the space. It adds so much visual interest and really draws the eye up to the high ceilings. Tomorrow I will chat all about how we added the cool geometric design to create a focal wall. I’ll go into all of the details then, but for now I want you to know that it cost me about $5 and there was absolutely zero painting involved. Yep, you heard me right. No painting!
Hemnes Ikea dress
We ended up getting rid of the dark bookcase that used to live in this room. Instead we replaced it with a tall dresser from Ikea. It is ideal for hidden storage (like all of my craft supplies!) and goes with the sleek look of the rest of the room. I ended up personalizing the dresser a bit further to make it look a little higher end (more details and pictures coming on that soon).
2 long ikea shelves
white ikea shelves
I think it’s safe to say that both Bridget and I have an obsession with the Ikea Ekby shelves. I have them in our family room, she has them in her guest room, her laundry room, and now they’re here in our office! I think we use them so often because they’re affordable, sturdy, and they create a streamlined shelf to display personal items.
globe on top of books
special dates frame
This particular shelf is actually the 11″ version, so it is a bit deeper than ones we’ve used in the past. It definitely works in here over the desk and it holds plenty of books, personal items (like my special dates frame), and fun knick-knacks.
desk accessories
plant on desk
globe
Office makeover
We ended up moving our file cabinet, photo cabinet, and printer to the other side of the desk area. It’s less of an eyesore over there and tucks nicely into the corner.
Ikea desk area
office space
I must say, I’m loving this space much more now.  There isn’t stuff jam-packed into every corner, and most of our office and craft supplies now have a place to call home. Instead of avoiding this “triangle room of horror” we’re now actually spending time in here.
No more blogging on the couch for me. Woo hoo!
flower on desk
Casey DIY Playbook
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  1. Yasmina @ Mina and Her Blog

    Oh wow! That is an amazing transform!
    It’s soo much brighter and beautiful , I actually would LOVE to work on that office haha

    I have a slight obsession of that shelve too!

    Thanks sharing for your gorgeous office girls, found you at iheartorganizing link up

    – Yasmina

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks so much Nikki! It is definitely bright and cheery…now I just need to get to work. Ha!

  2. Ramya

    First time here through Iheartorganizing.
    Good to know about a fellow neighbour from my suburbs, your wall and the desk area is neat and so cute. I like the geometric pattern, anything that is less work is an inspiration for me, looking to see instructions on that wall you created.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Melanie, I’m not sure (we don’t have the table anymore). But it’s from Ikea and they have a few sizes to choose from based on how long you want it to be. We had to go fairly long to accommodate 2 chairs and the drawers. Good luck!

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11 thoughts on “Casey’s Office Progress

  1. Yasmina @ Mina and Her Blog

    Oh wow! That is an amazing transform!
    It’s soo much brighter and beautiful , I actually would LOVE to work on that office haha

    I have a slight obsession of that shelve too!

    Thanks sharing for your gorgeous office girls, found you at iheartorganizing link up

    – Yasmina

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks so much Nikki! It is definitely bright and cheery…now I just need to get to work. Ha!

  2. Ramya

    First time here through Iheartorganizing.
    Good to know about a fellow neighbour from my suburbs, your wall and the desk area is neat and so cute. I like the geometric pattern, anything that is less work is an inspiration for me, looking to see instructions on that wall you created.

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Melanie, I’m not sure (we don’t have the table anymore). But it’s from Ikea and they have a few sizes to choose from based on how long you want it to be. We had to go fairly long to accommodate 2 chairs and the drawers. Good luck!

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$6.99 Office Progress

office desk and gallery
Half of the office recently made some progress, thanks to a new couch & coffee table, and I can finally report that the other half is slowly catching up (emphasis on the slowly). I’m happy to share that there is a tentative plan in the works and we are baby stepping toward a functional space.
Yes, I am proud to say that my wedding dress (bottom left) has been relocated, the random bin of toilet paper is back where it belongs, and the white IKEA shelving has officially found a new home where she will get a lot more attention than she got here.
After clearing this space out, we were left with this. A. blank. slate.
To me, a blank slate is scarier to work with than a pre-existing mess. I’ll take a disaster zone over a white canvas any day! So when I found myself staring in the eyes of this not cluttered wall of possibilities… I started scouring pinterest, second guessing my original ideas, and feeling far less than confident to tackle my office. Yikes!
That’s when I put my planning on hold and decided to wait until the inspiration found ME! No, I stopped chasing the what-if’s and decided that I will not make any more moves in the office until I found a piece to guide me.
Enter Goodwill’s furniture section. I laid my eyes on this piece and had a new plan all worked out before I even got up to the counter to pay.
$6.99…Got to love some thrift store furniture! But the BEST part of the whole deal?!
There were TWO! My kind of twins!! So for $15 (yes, I know 6.99 x 2 doesn’t = $15) but with tax included, the total came out to be $15 and change. When I brought them home to see if they “fit”, I couldn’t help feeling a little less intimidated by this blank slate, and far more excited to roll up my sleeves and get started!! Home is a work in progress, right?
My plan is to add a wood top, probably white, across the top of these two cabinets. I’m still not exactly sure if I want storage above the desk or more of a gallery wall. Right now I’m focused on getting the top all set and then tackling the next step… hoping something will come to me in between that time.
And I’m still not exactly sure what I want to do in the opening of each cabinet. Printer, possibly? Books, maybe? Other storage, could be? Any suggestions are welcome!! Until then, I’m happy that my $6.99 twins found me and saved me from a hours of hopeless Pinterest searching…
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