Last time I checked-in with you guys regarding our office updates & DIY Desk, this was the tentative plan:
- 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
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.
The 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. Instead 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).
So 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!
Update: We revealed the office makeover & finalized DIY desk and can’t wait for you to check it out. Read all about it here.
I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.