Furniture Building, House / Office Dressing Room, In Progress

In Progress: Reclaimed Wood Desk

I’m really excited about the reclaimed wood desk I’ve been building for my office; so excited, in fact, that I had to haul it up to my office before staining it just to see how it would look.

Reclaimed Wood Desk

Even though it’s not stained and sealed, it’s already a huge improvement from the plain white Ikea desk that I’ve been using for the last few years.

Old White Ikea Office Desk

I love how the top turned out after I joined the old boards and sanded them down. I’m reluctant to stain it, but at the same time I think I need to bring it closer to the other wood tones in the room.  Plus, if I ever want to get this weathered look again, I can just sand the new coat of stain off. 🙂

New Desk7It’s only about 5 inches wider than the old desk, but it feels so much more spacious.
New Desk6In addition to staining it, I want to add a false drawer front to the space between the two drawers, so that the front of the desk looks more polished. I know nothing about furniture design, so this has all been about figuring things out as I go.

As soon as the desk is done, I need to figure out a good solution to keep the cords corralled behind the desk. I may even build a matching little printer cabinet to sit beside it.

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  • Reply Ainhoa at 8:45 am

    It looks awesome! Reminds me of my desk, actually. Though mine isn’t a DIY piece. Where did you buy the legs for yours? Were they expensive?

    • Reply Jane at 10:55 am

      Hey! I got the legs at Home Depot. They weren’t as cheap as I would have liked, they were $15 each, but they look so much nicer than if I had just used a square board instead, you know? I think it was worth the splurge.

  • Reply Funnelcloud Rachel at 10:36 am

    Ooh, can you use the space behind the false drawer front to coral the cords? Maybe even mount a powerstrip in there.

    Also, I need you to teach me furniture building. As an architect/artist, it’s embarrassing for me to admit that everything I build ends up with gaps and crappy joints. Let’s blame it on our junky tools…

    • Reply Jane at 10:54 am

      That’s a really good job. I will look at it closer when I am working on it today. If you have ideas for building something, talk to me and we can figure out how to avoid crappy joints, etc!!

  • Reply Jenn at 12:07 pm

    This looks fantastic! It’s such an improvement from the IKEA desk and I’m surprised it’s only 5 inches bigger – it looks way bigger than that. Great job! 🙂

  • Reply Ashley from The Kitchen-Sink Chronicles at 7:47 pm

    I’m soooooooo jealous you built that one your own. I seriously missed on the diy/crafting gene!

  • Reply Kiri at 3:26 am

    You’ve done a fabulous job on this! (would wax/oil keep the weathered look while tying in the colour?)

    I can imagine that you’re going to love using it. 🙂

    • Reply Jane at 10:33 am

      Hey Kiri – Thanks for the idea. Here’s my thoughts: I tested some teak oil on it and it did nothing to alter the color. The other furniture is so much darker that I think I need to just put some stain on it. On the up side, at least I know that I can give it this weathered look again simply by sanding off any stain that I do apply. I’m not a trained designer so I have no clue what the guidelines are for mixing wood tones in a room, (and I’m not good at following rules) but my gut feeling is that I want to make it more coordinated. I tend to get paralyzed by indecision so I need to just go for it, I guess 🙂

  • Reply Ashley@ Design Build Love at 9:50 pm

    the desk looks absolutely amazing!!! Can’t wait to see even more progress! And good obs on the drawers!!!

    • Reply Jane at 10:29 am

      Thanks Ashley! Can’t wait to be done with it 🙂

  • Reply Robin at 8:44 am

    I love the new desk Jane! I completely agree with even a few more inches of desk space making a world of difference in feeling like you have more space to work. Can’t wait to see more of the progress! 🙂

    • Reply Jane at 10:29 am

      Thanks, Robin! I am finishing it up today, I think. 🙂

  • Reply Mikalah at 2:17 pm

    I seriously love this desk! It may sound crazy, but I even like it as-is with the unfinished wood. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

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