DIY Thrifty Finds

DIY desk with construction lumber and old filing cabinet

March 27, 2015

I have been wanting a huge desk for a long time now, with space for my monitor, laptop, and space to sketch or lay things out. Everything I can afford is going to be crap, if I’m being honest, and I wanted something that will actually last, and also something that can take a bit of a beating and still look cool. I scoured pinterest but couldn’t find the perfect solution, so I took dimensions of my room and headed to Home Depot. I bought two 2×10 pieces of wood for the desk top. You can have them cut these to any size you need in the store, so don’t worry about having a chop- saw or anything at home. I also bought some brackets to secure them together (as you can see in photo 2.) Next I needed a base for the desk to rest on. I considered using sawhorses and staining them, similar to this¬†tutorial, but I wasn’t sure if that would be enough surface area to make the desk nice and sturdy. Then I came across two old filing cabinets in our garage. Measured them, perfect height. With a little spray paint they would make the perfect base (and they were¬†free!) **you can often find free filing cabinets on craiglist, or very cheap at thrift stores.



A photo of the brackets underneath. One toward each end and one in the middle



Here is the spray paint I used on the filing cabinets. Just make sure to give them a good wipe down with warm water to get rid of dust and dirt. I did not prime, this time, but that might be a good idea as well. If you don’t use primer, make sure to get spray paint that adheres to metal, which it will say on the can.










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