DIY Rustic Industrial Desk
Today I am sharing photos of my DIY Rustic Industrial Desk!
I originally thought I would make my desk using file cabinets and bookshelves, but then decided I would venture out and see if I could be inspired but some thrifty find instead. If you follow me on Instagram you most likely saw this photo I posted a few weeks ago:
DIY Rustic Industrial Desk
I found the desk (or table) at a thrift store for $40! I was so excited because the hairpin legs alone were worth that. I snagged the table up right away and couldn’t get it out of the store fast enough. I should mention that I had visited 5 other thrift stores prior with no such luck (thankfully they were all fairly close to one another.)
Eric and I knew we wanted to build a new top for the hairpin legs and then re-use the existing top, which is hollow on the inside, as a work table in the garage. We could have just added the new wood on top of the previous tabletop, but we knew we could find a better use for it.
I originally thought we could use the wood from a pallet (which my AWESOME sister-in-law gave me) for the new tabletop. However, after cutting it up we realized there wasn’t enough wood and I decided we should use it as a trim around the table instead.
I am proud to admit that I finally used the jigsaw for the first time and it was sooooo easy. Eric could have taken the pallet apart in strips but I was worried the nails would make it difficult to work on the desk, so we used the jigsaw to cut the sections out. Eric cut a few pieces of the pallet and then I did the rest.
I’m trying to slowly ease my way into using more of the “scarier” looking tools and I think the jigsaw is a good starting point. Of course, Eric really enjoys working with tools so I’m cool with just being the helper for now.
Since the pallet wood wasn’t enough to cover the top we picked up 4 1×6 pieces of wood and mixed them in with a couple of other pieces of wood we had on hand. We laid them out in the order I liked, knowing we wanted to make the desk a little longer than the previous top. Eric then measured and marked everything off so he could Kreg jig the wood together and saw off the edges to make the wood flush.
I know I have mentioned it before but the Kreg Jig is seriously AMAZING! If you plan on building furniture or anything really I would highly recommend getting one. Plus it’s super easy to use.
After the top was built Eric added a couple of extra pieces of wood underneath for added support and then attached the hairpin legs.
Then it was on to adding the pallet wood sides!
Pallet wood isn’t the most consistent so our pieces varied slightly in size, color, etc. but as far as I’m concerned that just adds character and creates a more rustic look.
Oh and I may have gotten a little impatient while Eric was cutting the boards, and went ahead and put on the first coat of vinegar/tea/coffee stain on top (which you can read more about here)}.
Once the pallet wood was all cut we started to add it to the sides of the desk using our new super awesome nail gun, the Ryobi Airstrike. There were a few small gaps that Eric had to fill in so he custom cut some scrap pallet pieces and fit them in like a puzzle.
After the sides were on I flipped the table over and sanded down the edges to try to make them more flush with one another. this is a photo of the table upside down.
After I did a quick sanding of the rustic industrial desk I added a few more coats of the tea/vinegar/coffee stain and even added it to the pallet boards too. I hadn’t planned on doing that because I liked the blue/gray color of the wood but it just wasn’t looking cohesive enough.
After “staining” the wood I went over the pallet wood with a black wash (watered down black paint) to get the boards even darker so they would blend a little better with the top. Sorry but I didn’t get any photos of this part.
I also found some metal brackets I bought back when I wasn’t sure what size I would need for my pallet planked coffee table, and spray painted them black.
Here is a photo before I added the final coat of black spray paint:
Eric then drilled them into the corners, I added a coat of polycrylic to the top and sides and it was all done! Well, sorta. We actually need to drill a hole for my computer cords and whatnot but I wanted to use it and then decide where to drill the hole so we should get that done by this weekend.
So here is my new rustic industrial inspired desk! What do you think of our rustic industrial desk? I wanted a desk large enough for my computer but with extra space so I can work on things if need be. I LOVE how it turned out!
My office is a work in progress so there is still so much to do, but I look forward to sharing the transformation with you!