DIY Desk

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

: $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!


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






  • Sydney Andersen

    This is so cute!!! I’m going to have to start going to Goodwill and DI more often!

    • Thanks Sydney! Good luck, happy shopping! xo, b