Oct 10, 2011

Desk Makeover... For Free

My sweet friend Arian recently mentioned the fact that not all of the rooms in our house are on our blog. So I'm going to try to remedy that. Sloooowly.

The only time I have ever mentioned our Guest Room/Office is here, and that was only about the amazing shades my mother-in-law made.

So today, I give you the before of the Guest Room/Office, kinda. This is post-paint and new carpet, with a whole lotta crap inside: 

The door is there on the left, and the windows are on that right wall.
Back wall. The closet is on the right.

Here is the desk wall, a little more decorated, but still looking bad. This desk was a hand-me-down from Eric's parents and while we've been so grateful to have it, it just wasn't working here. I think it was a combination of the blonde wood and the bulky-ness of the whole thing.

I did some Pinterest-ing for inspiration, and I realized I liked simple desks, without any shelving on top. This room is really small, and this desk made it look smaller. Eric and I had been brainstorming for a little while about where we could get a new, cheap desk, then finally it just kind of hit us that we could make this one work.

Eric started taking the desk apart...

We took the top part of the desk off...
...and stained it! It's laminate, but I sanded it a little and the desk has a glass piece on top of the desk so we knew it would work fine. 
And this is the end result! (Don't mind the fox/dog on the left)

I love that we can now fit two people at the desk instead of just one.

Oh and we were able to repurpose some of the other items too:

Eric built a frame around the piece with slots and screwed wheels to the bottom to make a rolling printer cart.
I painted the piece with drawers yellow, and now I am obsessed. 

One more before and after:

There are still a few things we want to do to the desk area:

But for now, I'm pretty dang proud of the fact we spent zero money on this.


  1. Will you please come to my house & give it a makeover? Or at least the living room? It has potential-I can feel it. I just don't know how to find it! :)

  2. I love it! And I love the little yellow drawers!

  3. Love the pop of yellow! And that is a pretty incredible transformation, I am really impressed! Especially with the cost, or lack there of! ;) Way to go, I bet it feels incredible!



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