Custom Office desk~under $50

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My husband pretty much rocks. He built me a custom desk for myย office exactly how I wanted it, for under $50. I’m a desktop kinda girl. I like having a place to go when I need to get things done, and it helps me set a time limit as well. I had been working out of a cave for quite some time. A black cave that was a desk armorie that could close, but who am I kidding, the doors never closed, and I had ZERO desk space, so all my papers were spread all over the floor. I wanted an “L” shaped corner type desk, but I wanted it in the middle of the room, not against the wall.ย  Most desks like that had an ugly backing because it was meant to be against the wall, so it just woudn’t do. I wanted to be able to just avert my eyeballs if I was on the computerย when my kids walked into the room…instead of them seeing my back.ย  I also wanted a funky shape, I told my hubby, an “inkblot” to which he said, “o….k….” And I knew I wanted a bright YELLOW! Here is the final product, then a step by step.

We used 4 boards to start with. They measured 5ft x2ft and about 3/4 inch thick. Then we trimmed down to about the size we wanted for the surface of the desk.

He then added some creative shaping for me, a slight wavy look.My hubby then re-inforced the bottom of the desk in varying ways.We wanted to shape the legs exactly as we wanted them, but don’t have the tool to do so (lathe) and Home building stores don’t even rent them. I was happy to find these legs at Home Depot. They were $10 each, which was more than I wanted to pay. I even went to Habitat for Humanity Restore to look for banister legs, but they were too thin. I went back to HD, and was delighted upon checking out that I was about to save 50% of my purchase for opening up an account, so I did it. I then cancelled shortly thereafter. So I got each leg for $5 each. (It would make the desk just over $50 if you didn’t get that smokin’ deal that I got).Hubby even installed a drawer to put stuff in. I didn’t need much space in the desk because I have a wall of cabinets right next to me, I wanted to keep it simple. My littlest one took a few of me on my phone applying some glaze after it was painted.

The yellow in the picture looks more mustard, but it’s a bright cheery yellow. It looks fantastic in my new office–a reveal that will have to wait until I finish a few little details. I am lovin’ it though. You can see a very slight peek scanning the phone pictures above.

Do you want to see this desk in it’s new home? My colorful home office is so much cheerier with it!


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  1. Speechless! its breath taking

    Love it Kristen Great job


  2. Your husband did such a good job he might end up with more requests for custom orders. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great job!

  3. Wow, that is impressive that your husband made this desk! And the color is fantastic! What a great new piece to have!

  4. Fun! Love the shape and color.

  5. OMG…I love Love LOVE it soooo cute and the color rocks… I just told my hubby yesterday I have a lot of projects coming up for him lots of makeovers and building in his near future… ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. That desk is gorgeous! I’m so impressed that your husband made it, it’s very professionally done ๐Ÿ™‚ And the yellow color is just awesome; I love it!

  7. LOVE it kristen!! can’t wait to see it in the room!!

  8. A+ in woodworking. Wow…you went for a very bright yellow. I am way too conservative and probably would have stuck with a boring neutral oak color. I’m sure it looks great with your decor.

  9. that is incredibly amazing. so bright and cheery, just like you! what a great man you have!

  10. I am dying over the cuteness that IS this desk! LOVE it! Can’t wait to meet you in June in AF. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Umm… I am pretty much in love! Thanks for linking this up! Your hubby did a great job! I totally want one:)

  12. This is so cute! And, I was just telling my Husband the other day that I need a desk of my own! I’m really tired of using the kitchen table. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Visiting from WFMW Linky.)

  13. I adore your desk! What a talented guy!

  14. drooling here!!! LOVE IT. Sharing it on my COM FB page. hugs, jen

  15. Lynn Banducci says:

    I have been looking for months for the perfect table for my craft room and I saw your pic of the desk your husband made and I fell in love with it. Oh my gosh I wish I could find someone to make one for me. Thank you so much for sharing.

  16. Not only is the project really amazing, but the color is sooo pretty! Love your blog, now following- Tanya ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. WOW! I totally LOVE it. Your husband is a keeper ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Oh Kristen, I just fell even more in love with you! Love this! Tell your hubby GOOD JOB! Love everything about it.

    XOXO, Kelli (:

  19. WOW. bETTJO: AGREED! keep this hubby,= great.

    really lovely desk. want to invite you to come share this and participate in our linky party:

  20. I love this! It’s so nice

  21. I need a table for homeschooling and your post makes it look simple enough and the price very do-able. Today I went to look for table legs and the cheapest I found were $20. And I’m in Germany. Which means that’s in Euro..which means it’s more like $28….a leg! Hoping to find a better option!!

  22. Now that is a wonderful desk…here via the post on Southern Lovely. Megan

  23. OMG! Awsome! How can I order one?

  24. Natalie Harroch says:


  25. Please tell me you take orders!?!? I’ve been looking for something like this!!!!


  26. I am seriously in love with this. Thank you for sharing! I love it. Where did you buy the legs from. I love the legs!

  27. Is there anyway I could get the exact supply list needed to build this?

  28. LOVE!!! This is gorgeous!!!

  29. Samantha York says:

    Hi Kristen,

    Do you have instructions how do to build the desk?

    thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Boglarka Virag says:

    Wow!! I love it!!! I seriously wish i could order one!

  31. I’d love to know the name of the yellow paint color ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kristen Duke says:

      It was a yellow spray paint, which there aren’t many that bright. I wish I could remember! I don’t necessarily recommend spray paint, either, longer and pricier!

  32. This is fantastic! I have an old sewing table with a second hand table put together for my L shape desk but I love yours!! Might need to make a similar one ๐Ÿ˜Š

  33. JoAnn Hankins says:

    I see that you said you used 4 boards. Did you glue two together to double the thickness?

  34. What tool did you use to make the table grooves and curves? Didn’t catch that part. Thanks!!!

  35. Alli Mangrum says:

    where did you find the wood planks I have looked everywhere and no one has wider then 1 ft planks

    • Kristen Duke says:

      It’s been so long, I can’t remember! We are always either Home Depot or Lowes, my husband calls it Lowes Depot

  36. Love the project. The color brings a smile to my face. What type of paint and glaze did you use?

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thank you! For the paint, just what I’d use on my wall, semi gloss. I then used a walnut stain for an ever so slight grainy look.


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