Reclaimed Wood Desk {The Easy Way}

2 Materials
4 Hours

Today’s project is an unusual twist on a reclaimed wood desk. I don’t know about you, but when I think of rustic, reclaimed wood furniture I think of piece with a ton of texture, but that’s really hard to work with and not all that practical for creating furniture with. BUT this has to be the easiest reclaimed wood desk EVER. Wait until you see this one…

reclaimed wood desk the easy way

Here’s what I started with. I bought this desk not at all because it was my style, but because it was a solid piece with straight lines that I could envision taking on a completely different look. I knew with a bit of creativity, this piece could have some great character.  

reclaimed wood desk the easy way

After the wood plank wall I installed a few weeks ago, I had just enough wood left to cover the drawer fronts. I also thought it would be fun to use some new metallic paint for the case of the desk, as an interesting contrast to the rustic wood. 

reclaimed wood desk the easy way

This new Metallic Moonshine paint from Dixie Belle comes in some really great colors, including this one – Steel Magnolia – it’s a perfect mix between silver and gold – almost champagne. I knew using this metallic shade would help this piece go with anything else we chose in my son’s room. 

reclaimed wood desk the easy way

I love the textured contrast between the metallic paint and wood drawers.

Watch the entire process of how I transformed this desk for my son's room.

reclaimed wood desk the easy way

Now that's a wrap for this desk!

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reclaimed wood desk the easy way

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Until next time and stay creative!

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3 of 4 questions
  • Linda
    6 days ago

    Love the new look! Did you also change the legs?

  • Mernie
    3 days ago

    Beautiful. Why didn't you add cardboard or cheap paneling, covered with the paint or a wood grain look, and hide the receptacle and cords? Just a thought....

  • Sam Jeppins
    30 minutes ago

    How did you add the front panels without them sticking out past the front frame of the desk? On the first photo, with the desk still white, the drawers are already flush with the desk front. Looks like after adding the quarter inch flooring planks, the drawers would stick out in front, but they aren't. How did you handle this?

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  • Barb
    7 days ago

    Not "bicycle" upcycle sorry.

  • J
    6 days ago

    That looks fantastic. The color is gorgeous with the wood drawers.

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