Rustic Office Desk: Pottery Barn Style

Sometimes it really pays to wait…gather your ideas…wait a little more…buy the wood {and let it set for a few months}…wait some more…and then…take a trip to the store and along the way spot barn doors along side of the road with a free sign on them! This is the project that has been 3 years in the making. Now, we haven’t worked on it for that long, but I have been dreaming, planning and yes…waiting for this desk since I started blogging over 3 years ago!

After spotting my inspiration and checking out the Pottery Barn Style Desks, we started planning, measuring, cutting and building the Rustic Office Desk! And my 3 year dreams of having a cool, beautiful, rustic, vintage and yes functional Office Desk…came true!

Did you see the sneak peak? Or have you been following me on Instagram? It all started with the cabinets…

Doug measured the computer and printer, and built the cabinets to fit. The cabinet on the left, has the printer with enough room to open the lid for scanning, and below it has a space of the boxes that I found in the dollar section at Target. The cabinet on the right, has the computer tower, router and a space on the bottom to hold a basket with our current small projects.

The cabinets were painted with Bermuda Bay, it was a Glidden color, but we bought an interior Walmart Color Place gallon of paint and had them color match it.

I’m a bit nerdy when it comes to office supplies. I get simply giddy when everything is organized and in it’s place!

And on the other end, are the file boxes that came from Scout by Bungalow. I don’t have all the files organized yet, but all in due time.

After the cabinets were all done, then it was time to start on the top. Like I mentioned earlier, the 10 foot Barn Doors were found along the road. You can look for barn doors at garage or estate sales, but if you can’t find them, you can use  3/4 inch plywood and finish it with paint or stain.

There were 2 huge, very heavy, Barn Doors, the one in front has already been cut for the desk.

Doug used a square and straight edge to mark the dimensions of the corner section.

After all 3 pieces were cut, it was time to bring them into the Office and get the Desk set up. Doug put 1 by 4 inch pine board, attached with 1 3/4 inch wood screws to brace the area where the desk comes together. And legs were made from two 2 by 4’s, glued and screwed together.

Even though I love the look of the chipped paint, we needed to add a sealer for a few reasons…a) since the Barn Doors are old, there might be lead in the paint, b) I didn’t want to get splinters from the wood and c) I wanted to preserve the look it has right now and hopefully prevent any more chipping. Doug used Watco Wood Lacquer to seal the top of the desk. We chose the lacquer because every sealer Doug found cautioned it may give a yellow tint to white paint.

After the Sealer dried for 24 hours, it was time to move the computer back and start decorating and surrounding my area with things that I love. The old photo is my absolute favorite, it’s my Mom and Aunt when they were young girls. Dream…because you should never stop dreaming. The mug from Dayspring came from my friend and assistant, Ashley. Pencil container with sprinkles…you can never have enough sprinkles. And one of my Willow Tree Angels.

We made the note holder, just like the Mouse Traps, but this is a Rat Trap. Keep Calm and Eat More Cupcakes came from my very good friend, Dawn. A candle warmer and more angels.

Blue Mason Jars hold clothespins and old keys, and a small jar filled with glass marbles. A couple more angels and a Vintage Globe. The basket holds current project ideas and magazines.

Even though we dreamed, planned and built the desk ourselves, I never imagined how awesome it would be! I’m absolutely thrilled with it!! My days in my office, just got a little longer! I think Doug did an amazing job building it, don’t you?

Office Makeover Journey

We have a couple more things to finish up in the office…DIY Chalkboard and the Chandelier. I’m looking for ideas for lighting, do you have any?

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  1. I LOVE THIS!!! It is beautiful and I love that you have all of those windows surrounding your desk – plenty of sunshine while you work. What a great space you’ve created!
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  2. Enjoy! It looks like the perfect desk.
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  3. Keri Lyn says:

    Liz………..I LOVE IT!!! Beautiful job…and made with love :)
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  4. I love everything about that desk. So lovely. Enjoy!
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  5. lisz ‘n doug,all i can say is….WWOOWW!!! ur desk ‘n work area look so GREAT!! how lucky u were 2 find old barn doors on tha side of tha road for free!! i luv old barns!! wud ya mind if i borrowed doug to come ‘n build me a work area like urs???:0) great job both of u!! thnx 4 sharin’.:0) peace

  6. MelanieL says:

    Your desk is beautiful! You guys did an amazing job creating this desk and I love that it is handmade with recycled materials…simply perfect!

  7. Paula says:

    This is so awesome. You did a great job on this beautiful desk. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us. :-)

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  8. It looks amazing! I love the salvaged material and the fact that the desk is so functional. I’m sure you are loving it!

  9. Joy P says:

    All that space – wonderful. Such a great project. Glad your shared at Funky Junk.
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  10. Holly says:

    I love the top – great job!

  11. jaime says:

    With all those gorgeous windows you have, you could have put a couple of apple crates and a campstool there and it would have looked good. The desk you built, however, just takes your office over the top! What a fabulous place to hang out. You did a great job with the organizing and accessorizing of the desk as well.

    I’m drooling. ;-P

  12. Mel says:

    Oh wow, I love it, what a fantastic office. That husband of yours also deserves a shout out for the cabinets!
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  13. Wow – beautiful!!! I absolutely love it and I am sure you do too!!! I pinned it Liz and I will be featuring it on Sunday :)


  14. My dad, many, many years ago, made the same shape desk for my brother’s room….it gives a lot of desk space and storage….which I had it now. Mel

  15. samantha says:

    Your desk turned out great. I love how the storage has been built around (and to fit) the trays and boxes but most of all LOVE the barn wood on the desk – it looks great :)

  16. Susan says:

    Wow! Not only do I love your desk (100 times more than the pottery barn one)… the windows around your desk are awesome!

  17. This is so great! I would LOVE if you would share this at my Crazy Cute Party happening right now! I’ve got a totally awesome giveaway that you could win just for linking up! Come on over! ;D

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  18. Wow! I am so jealous! The barn doors are beautiful! Awesome find! I love how the final desk turned out!

  19. Monica says:

    What a beautiful desk!!!! Your husband did an amazing job…you’re a great team!
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  20. Bethany says:

    Your desk is gorgeous! I have been looking for a custom desk for my new office for the last month and this one is perfect! What are the dimensions???

    • CupcakeLady says:

      Hi Bethany, I’m thrilled you like the desk. The overall size is 7 1/2 feet by 8 1/2 feet, but the side pieces are cut at an angle with the middle for the chair. The same concept can be used for any size.
      Let us know if you have more specific questions, we are happy to help!


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