I’ve been wanting a desk for my living room now for a few weeks and I finally decided to just make one.
All the desks in the stores were either way too pricey or just not my style.
I was inspired by this desk I found on Pinterest and knew that Michael’s carries crates that would be perfect.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 4-6 Crates (depending on how high you want the desk, I used 6 to get it to bar-height)
- A Desk Top from Ikea
- 1 2×4 Wood Plank
- Wood Glue (Gorilla Glue)
- Sander & Paint Supplies
- Paint & Polyurethane (optional)
I got my crates from Michael’s and lucky for me it was the Labor Day sale! So I got 40% off one crate and then the clerk gave me 20% off my whole purchase! Score!
Tip: Download the Michael’s mobile app, they ALWAYS have 40% off coupons and other deals on there!
The desk top from Ikea was about $30. But they had a smaller one that was only $9!!! I would’ve gone with that one but it would’ve been way too small for me.
I decided to paint all my crates white for a rustic feel, and then paint the desk top a gorgeous metallic Rose Chrome color by Martha Stewart for a hint of glam.
Sand down your desk top first and apply a primer before applying your paint and then finally polyurethane. (I used some leftover primer and polyurethane from my DIY Farmhouse Table)
For the crates I started by spray painting them with Rust-oleum’s Universal Paint and Primer. And let me tell you it didn’t do diddly squat. It gave the crates a kind of white-washed look, but I wanted them to be solid white. So I nixed the spray paint and bought some straight up white paint and applied it with a roller and brush.
Once all of your painting is done assemble your crates by glueing them together with some wood glue (Gorilla Glue works great).
Next measure the height of your crates and cut your wood plank to size to create two support beams. I painted mine white to match.
And then finally either glue your desk top to the crates or just lay it on top. Add your support beams to the front or back with glue and you’re all done!
Now you have a stunning custom piece of furniture for half the price of a store-bought desk!
I found the super cute magazine files and organizing bins at Ikea for less than $10. The trash can is also Ikea just spray painted a metallic gold! Finally the bomb white barstool is a Craigslist steal for only $50!
Enjoy lovelies! xoxo
Find the tutorial on how to make the charging station here!
(I tucked a power-strip under the top crate on the left so that it keeps all the cords off the floor and so that my cords for the charging station are long enough to reach easily.)