Welcome back to week 3 of the One Room Challenge Makeover. This week I worked on creating a desk made with file cabinets for my home office. I took two well-made file cabinets and added a shelf board to create a top. We love this idea because this gives you more room on the desktop. It is perfect if you are working with books and papers.
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I can’t wait to show you my big thrift store score. But first, if you are not familiar with The One Room Challenge or also known as The ORC, it is a 6-week challenge hosted by Calling It Home blog where designers and bloggers participating completely transform a room. Over 150 participants show the progress they have made every Thursday with the big reveal at the end of the 6-weeks.
I am making over our home office which was originally a dining room. As you can see, the office is a mixture of desk and file cabinets.
My inspiration for the new office is to brighten it with white furniture and gold accents.
I had two white well-made file cabinets that I had purchased several years ago. The file cabinets are so nice that I wanted to keep them. So I decided to purchase a board for the top to give us a large work area.
I measured the space between the file cabinets for my board. Then I took the measurements and headed to Lowes. I figured that I would have to cut the board that I purchased.
While I was going through the wood, I saw this board that was reduced by half of the price because it has a tiny crack in it. I am all about some scratch and dent markdowns. The best part is that it is the perfect measurements and I am not going to have to cut it. Win!!
Since this is our family office, I wanted to paint the desk with something that would hold up to us moving things around on the desk.
Amy Howard One Step paint is my go-to for durable paint that will last. It also covers so well that I only had to use two coats.
I think the desk looks perfect and it is very functional for us.
Are you ready to see my best thrift store score?
When I first made my vision board, I wanted to create a desk like the one in the center of my board. The desk from Z Gallerie is $599.99. My first plan was to take a desk that I had, remove the legs, and build new legs. If this project did not work, I was going to purchase a desk like the one from Z Gallerie but I was planning to search for a similar but less expensive desk.
While I was on my weekly visit to my favorite thrift store, I saw THE DESK! I couldn’t believe it. It has a few tiny scratches that paint will fix but other than that, it’s perfect. Here is the craziest part…..
It is the table from Z Gallerie. My husband should be thrilled. This desk was priced at $40 and I had a 10% off coupon. Every once in a while thrifting pays off big!
Next week, I will be doing a paint technique on the wall behind the bookcases. I have ordered my dream light fixture and if it is delivered this week, we will have it installed. Also, I will be doing a few small DIY projects for the new office.
Don’t forget to check out all of the other participant’s rooms. I think you will be amazed. See you all next week!