I have to admit...once you start building it is difficult to stop. I found myself walking around the house and looking for something that was bought at a store and finding a DIY replacement for it. A little over a year ago, we needed a bigger computer desk than the small Target desk we have had since our apartment days. My intention at the time was to build a new one, but I hadn't taken the DIY plunge yet and we were also expecting a baby in a few months. Needless to say, there was plenty of other things we needed to do before we built a desk. So to satisfy our need and add a little bit of a personal touch to it, we bought an unfinished table top from Ikea and 4 shiny metal legs to go with it. I had been reading some "Ikea Hacker" blogs and got the inspiration to refinish the desk and legs. It turned out alright, but it still wasn't what I wanted for the long run in our study. As you can see in the first picture below, we were in serious need of other furniture as well.
The desk worked, but it was very wobbly and the top color wasn't really what we were looking for as it blended in with the wall. After several months and after building two tables, I decided to take on a desk. Lindsay came across a post by Santy-2-Chic with a new truss-style desk that they had just completed and we really liked the style. I started building and had the frame completed in a matter of hours. I ran into problems when I went to attach the top since many of the boards had warped after sitting in the garage for several weeks. The desk sat for a few days, and as you can see in the pictures below it made a perfect parking spot for Owen in his walker. After another trip to the big box store and digging through lumber for 30 minutes, I had pieces that I needed to complete the top of the desk. To contrast the color of the walls and the floor, I chose a lighter color than the Kona stain I have previously been using. This color is Wheat and looks great with the walls and floor in the study. Best part yet...it only set me back about $50 to build this! I'll post pictures of the finished product soon!