Monday, February 7, 2011

Hotel Desks to {His and Hers} "Built-In" Style Beauties

Some of the office plans are coming together!

We got these two desks when we were first married. A hotel in town was selling stuff for cheap, and both of us being students, we needed desks. We got them for a steal. Too bad they were ugly. I've been on the lookout for a {good deal} set of desks on craigslist for the last 8 months. Then I got sick of looking. It was time to have good looking desks.

The desks are all wood, except the top has a laminate finish. No good. So I took some left over tongue and groove molding I got in a bundle {for a steal!} and nailed it right on top. 
Next I built shelves to sit in between the desks that were just the right width and hight to accommodate our technological pieces {fancy for: my husband works at best buy... and we have a lot of gadgets} 
I used the same paint as I used in the laundry room {after sanding}. The only difficulty in using "house paint" instead of "wood paint" on projects is that "house paint" takes longer to cure. Make sure and give the surface a good couple of days before leaving anything there. 
 I antiqued the top slats of the desks {back slat yet to come... I had to get the desks done, before I could get my buddy at work with a table saw to rip me some custom slats}. 
The kicker was the handles on the drawers. They really made a difference, and for just $2.00 a piece at Lowes. 

Can you believe how far they came? I think they turned out pretty sweet! What about you?

Since I used mostly left-over materials, the transformation cost me about $5


  1. Love it! And the color with the ORB handles together is perfect!

  2. Wow, way to work with what you had!! They look soooo great!! I love the color :)

  3. Those hotel desks have been elevated to a whole new level. Way to go, Sommer!

  4. You did a really great job on those desks. I am hosting a blog party. The link will open up tonight at 8pm EST. I hope you will stop by and join in the fun at Thanks. Hope to see you there.

  5. Thanks for the invite Judy! I'm excited to party it up over there!

  6. I'm so happy you joined in the fun. Your desks came out so great.

  7. WOW! They don't even look the same! Great job! Visiting from DIYDesign.

  8. Whoa! What a makeover! You're so great with tools! Jealous!


  9. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh am I ever in LOVE!!! Fabulous!!!

    m ^..^

  10. Holy Cow!!! That turned out fantastic! I love the finish! :)

  11. great design, great color!! YES! they turned out great! Way to rock it! I popped over from the linky party at the shabby chic cottage and will be popping over lots! come see and follow me!