While I was at Home Depot a few weeks ago purchasing wood for my dining room floating shelves, I also picked up some extra to replace my desktop. This metal desk was from my childhood bedroom, had a metal frame and glass top. I wanted to update it and give it an industrial look so I decided to replace the glass with wood and spray painted the bottom. Easy peasy.
I purchased (2) 1x6x8 and had them cut in half at the store to fit more easily in my car. Once I was home, I used my table saw to cut them down to 40inches. I sanded the ends using my palm sander. Then, I laid the wood down on the floor side by side forming my desk top. Rather than get technical and figure out a way to secure the top to the desk legs, I simply added 1x2s to fit snugly between the metal to keep the top in place. This also attached the wood slats together easily.
I used 1.5 inch wood screws to attach the 1x2s to the 1x6s, careful not to drill through the desk top. I stained the wood using Minwax Classic Grey that I had on hand. I applied the stain using a cloth and also used a bit of Annie Sloan's dark wax to finish it. In retrospect, I should have stained the boards beforehand as it was a little tricky to get in between them and ensure any unfinished wood wasn't peaking through.
I spray painted the bottom of the desk using Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze. Once it was dry, I placed the wood on top of the desk legs and it fit snugly and was held securely in place by the 1x2s underneath.
This was a really easy update for my desk that gave it the industrial feel that I wanted and updated my office space. And it only cost $6.30 in wood to create the new look. This small space rarely looks this clean as it often becomes a dumping group for half finished products and materials. I am making an effort to keep it more presentable :)
I have been working on a few new projects lately including making over my laundry room and stenciling my bathroom floor. Can't wait to share updates with you soon !!