Operation {Re}Organization: The Desk Reveal

If you're visiting from IHeart Organizing, welcome! I'm honored that Jen chose to feature my desk on her blog! I'm so glad you're here. Say hello and stay awhile :). 

I am super excited to share our newly finished office desk today. This project has haunted me since we moved to DC this past summer and I'm happy to say that it's finally finished! As I've mentioned before, we don't have an office, per se, in our apartment - it's more of a corner. In our bedroom.

In our old place in Richmond, we had more space (thanks to cheaper rent there!) and room for a whole office area in our spare bedroom. Without that extra room here, we had to carve out an office "nook" as I like to call it. We needed a desk in that room for a variety of reasons, but I didn't want to spend a lot on a new piece of furniture, so I came up with an inexpensive solution...plywood on sawhorses. Remember this picture I showed you a couple of weeks ago?

Functional, but not pretty. (The mess around it is a whole separate issue...)

Now take a look at our newly finished desk!

I'm loving how it turned out. The style is a mix of rustic and modern, clean-lined and rough-hewn - which is a  pretty good representation of my overall style. I little eclectic, but with plenty of traditional elements as well. 

The legs of the desk are a pair of sawhorses that used to live in my grandparents' garage. I snatched them up a couple of years ago with an idea in my head that they would make an awesome desk or table foundation one day. I'm so excited that I finally got to make that idea a reality.

The desk top is a piece of plywood (yep, the same one from the "before" photo) upholstered in a white cotton duck fabric. A piece of acrylic sits on top of the fabric to create a smooth, glassy surface. I'll be back to share more details on how I made the desk top tomorrow. (*1.29.13 update: the how-to post is up! Check it out here.*)

I couldn't resist accessorizing the desk a little bit, even though I probably won't be using it much (it's mostly a work space for my husband). The lamp was a gift from my mom a few years ago (not sure of the source, sorry!), silver owl came from Target (half-price after Christmas), the spools of baker's twine were a gift from my in-laws (from Etsy, I think), and the pen cup was a DIY project from a couple of years ago.

I wish I could work here all the time! 

Here's the "after" one more time for good measure...

I'll be back tomorrow with some more details for you! Have a great Monday!


This post is a part of the series "Operation {Re}Organization." To see other posts in the series, click the tab at the top of the page.

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  1. Chaney this looks amazing!! Good job! Missing yall in Richmond :)

  2. Thanks Caitlin!! Missing y'all too. If you plan to come to DC at any point soon, let me know (and of course I'll do the same for RVA!).

  3. OK, wow! Now that is a transformation! A. Clutter Free! Wahoo! and B. The desktop is incredible. I never would have guessed it was fabric at first glance! way to be so resourceful!


    1. Jen, thanks so much for stopping by my little blog! It means so much to see comments from a blogger (and organizer!) extraordinaire like you. I love participating in your organizing challenges - you keep me motivated! Keep up the good work!

  4. Great project! I love that you found the base in your grandparents' garage. Working with what you have at it's best :) Thanks for linking up!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Emily! I'm all about using what you've got (and what you can find for free!).

  5. I love that you used fabric to cover the top, and then acrylic for a durable smooth surface!

  6. So resourceful and looks amazing!! I'm in love with the style of the desk!

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