The pallet wood desk project – Part 6, the BIG reveal!

A pallet wood desk project, created from pallet wood, sawhorses and an old ladder. via

And finally, the pallet wood desk project is complete! And all it took was pallet wood, two sawhorses, and an old ladder. This is the perfect build for even an non builder!

If you’re just tuning in, this is part 6. Scroll down below for the steps on the build.

A pallet wood desk project, created from pallet wood, sawhorses and an old ladder. via

My blog office is located in our dining room. I LOVE blogging in this room because it’s central to everything else that transpires in the household. There is no need to hide away in an office or bedroom and miss out on what the others are doing. I’m right here.

office junk accessories via Funky Junk Interiors

What makes this office extra special though, are all the elements I’ve surrounded myself with. I love everything on that floor to ceiling storage system. Every object inspires me.

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Pallet wood sawhorse ladder junk styled blogging desk via Funky Junk Interiors

 But what makes this post really special today is the fact that this long awaited funky table is now complete.

I desired a bigger table than what I had, as well as the top secret feature this desk hides. The 27″ monitor is sunken into the desktop! This enables me to have my eyes level with the top of the screen, no longer looking up, which was really hard on my neck. ( see part 4 above )

Pallet wood sawhorse ladder junk styled blogging desk via Funky Junk Interiors

And the build couldn’t have been easier, especially for a non builder such as myself. Two sawhorses are the legs…

meat grinder for pencil holder via Funky Junk Interiors

… and the old palette boards for the top were simply screwed onto the ladder framework below. I made no effort to hide the fact that a ladder was used because I thought it added an additional whimsical detail.  AND a place for the meat grinder pencil holder to sit of course. πŸ™‚

Pallet wood sawhorse ladder junk styled blogging desk via Funky Junk Interiors

Old palette boards were sanded and attached in a slightly random style to encapsulate the feel of someone gathering different boards over time, saving them up to create something special.  All the wood was left in it’s natural state. The top of the desk will receive a matte finish in due time so it’s extra cleanable.

Pallet wood sawhorse ladder junk styled blogging desk via Funky Junk Interiors

No two boards are alike which is what makes them extra special. The odd white one was even thrown in for good eclectic measure.

Old signs on pallet wood sawhorse ladder junk styled blogging desk via Funky Junk Interiors

Plenty of random screws, big bolts and stenciling just add to the gathered over time scrap look I was after. I felt the boards resembled railway ties in a way, hence the chosen words used for the stencil.

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What’s not to love, when you surround yourself with all the things you love?

Old signs on pallet wood sawhorse ladder junk styled blogging desk via Funky Junk Interiors

I especially love the desk for the fact that it isn’t fussy. The more wear the boards will no doubt receive, the better they’ll look over time. If you start with something old, you get the look far faster than if you start with brand new.

Pallet wood sawhorse ladder junk styled blogging desk via Funky Junk Interiors

Just so I don’t miss out on any action, the desk was designed so my son could sit with his laptop right beside me. He wants to start a Lego/photography blog, so stay tuned for that one! I’d like to entice that artistic ability he has any way I can. And what better way to encourage/monitor his doings than having him right beside me? πŸ™‚

Pallet wood sawhorse ladder junk styled blogging desk via Funky Junk Interiors

And for those that know me well, it comes as no surprise that I’d incorporate my rusty gears and cogs into the mix on my side. πŸ™‚

Pallet wood sawhorse ladder junk styled blogging desk via Funky Junk Interiors

And this little bit of numerical fun changes every 5 minutes. I’ll eventually figure it out. πŸ™‚

Blogging is a wonderful hobby, but this location makes it all the more special.


Pallet wood sawhorse ladder junk styled blogging desk via Funky Junk Interiors

and after. And I love it. πŸ™‚

Related posts:

The wall unit build is HERE.

The wall unit staging reveal is HERE.

~ The Pallet Desk Project ~

(all parts to date here)

Part 1 – defining the need 

Part 2 – gathering materials 

Part 3 – preparing the materials

Part 4 – the build and sinking the monitor

Part 5 – finishing details

Part 6 – the big reveal – this post

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Part 7 – how it looks in 2013

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107 thoughts on “The pallet wood desk project – Part 6, the BIG reveal!

  1. What a cool spot to work in! I have trouble ever finding desks that are big enough, so I would think I’d died and gone to heaven if I had that much space to spread out! You are so creative–and always inspiring. It’s fun to see the things you come up with. πŸ™‚

  2. Oh my goodness. You never cease to amaze me! The table is perfect. I love all the stenciling you did and the extra touches like the cogs and pencil holder. πŸ™‚
    It’s been great watching it take shape – I love the finished result!

  3. The desk is so awesome and unique and perfectly suits you and your style. It has Donna written all over it. I love the whole area. It’s beautiful.

  4. What an absolutely FANTASTIC table/desk !!! I have two old palettes out in my backyard and I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with them, I’m so inspired by you!! I absolutely love those shelves too, decorated with all your favorite things. Perfect !!
    Thanks so much for linking up, I’m sure many more will be equally in love with your creation.

  5. Wow, that desk is so cool. I love how you titled the post “The Palette Desk Project” just like that’s the most natural combination of words ever. Palette. Desk. I love it.
    I would love for you to visit my painting GIVEAWAY!

  6. Hi, there. I was very surprised at how creative was your working space. Congratulations.
    Looking at the photos I realised that I also have a sewing machine drawer. If you pass by and look at the July archive you will see how I transformed it. Bye for now

  7. Just perfect as I knew it would be. Perfect for the space and perfect for you. Love the way it looks and fits that space so much better. Thanks for sharing all the steps too. Fabulous!!

  8. I love love love the table/desk!! It is perfect with the wall unit and so you!! As I look at my traditional desk here in the office I am wondering how I can funk it up!!

  9. Super job, Donna, you never disappoint! I read through all of the related posts. I love your garage shelves all painted and your crazy meat grinder/pencil holder. The space is definitely you!

  10. Fantastic job on the desk! Completely customized for a low price (I’m assuming!) and I love the “Canadian Content”.

    It’s so great your son wants to start a blog, he wants to be just like his mom!

  11. It’s great to come over here, see what you’re up to, and feel normal. I love your desk!! My work table outside the greenhouse is made of sawhorses and pallet boards … fabulous workspace for free! Yours is nicer, though, since you took the time to sand it and add a few personal touches. Making it large enough to work side-by-side with your son was WONDERFUL. Great project … as always.


  12. Fabulousness! (its a word!) It turned out so great. And now you both have more room to spread out. Always a plus. One word of caution. I have a door for my desktop and the more space the more clutter seems to appear! I need to tackle mine πŸ™‚

  13. Love it!! I feel the step that totally made it your style was the stenciling feature. Without that, it just wasn’t complete. And the chair for your son… the best part! Another inspiring project, Donna. Thank you!! -Tammy

  14. So ingenious, Donna! The use of the ladder is genious! Loving the pencil grinder. You sure do know how to add whimsy to all that you create!! A great place you have carved out to continue to let your creative juices flow!

    Checking in from the party!

  15. Very, very cool! I love all the objects, that they are old and have history. You are very talented at accessorizing! Could you rub some of that off on me? πŸ™‚

  16. Oh Donna! You are nothing if not creative!!!! This is amazing and so uniquely you!! Way to create a spot that is inspiring so that you can inspire the rest of us. (Oh and my oldest son will definitely want to read your son’s LEGO blog so tell him he’ll already have one loyal reader waiting when he starts it!)

  17. I had to turn the monitor to show hubby your pencil holder on your desk. He gets a kick out of you! I think the desk has some of your best efforts displayed~the stenciling ala the crate staircase is really neat. I love that you have a space for your pal and you encourage him to do his thing! They grow up very fast you know.

  18. I am so FLIPPAN FLAPPIN in LOVE with every itty bitty eensy weensy detail of this. I WANT that table! AS always…everything you do is FABULOUS including this! πŸ™‚ …SIGH, I’m in LOVE!

  19. I can’t even tell you how much I love this area! Stopping by for the first time and so looking forward to perusing your posts!

    Kindly, ldh

  20. Love it! Thanks for stopping by my site. Wish I could sink my iMac into the desk, too, but it’s on granite. πŸ™
    Love your blog, by the way.

  21. Your desk is pretty cool and one of a kind, very origial. I love it! And whct could be better than you and your son working side by side?….Christine

  22. What an amazing job! I love it too, and Lethbridge is also home for me, so a very sweet surprise to see that sign. Can’t wait for your next project- I learn so much from you.

  23. Congratulations! One more fabulous project completed. It is more than I ever thought it could be. The details and the accessories really add to the whole look. I just found a meat grinder in my basement! I am glad that you are labeling your photos now. Screaming Meme just had your living room wooden “curtains” with no acknowledgement. Well Done…. now on to the closet. Ann

  24. Unbelievable! Girlfriend, you just keep doing your thang. What a uber-awesome office area. Seriously, your creativity amazes me. I LOVE the stencils you used, and the stuff on the shelves looks so at home. Everything is perfection. Every.single.thing. Including the dog πŸ™‚

  25. Love the use of found objects! I remember my grandmother’s meet grinder she would attach to counter and make some yummy pimento cheese. Sweet memories! Beautiful work as always!

  26. It looks completely you! I love all the details that make it special–the nuts and stamped on words and that you totally thought outside the box for a solution to your needs. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  27. Oh Donna, you did it again!
    It looks so good, you have such a rare talent! I LOVE it, I truly do!!!
    Oh btw yesterday on the blogher thingy there was a link to a post someone did on the health hazards of used palettes. You did something to prevent any health damage, didn’t you.
    Anyway Project succeeded!!

  28. I just stumbled upon your blog and it’s incredible!! Your desk (and shelves and everything on them) is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen! I LOVE the old grinder turned pencil holder, that is awesome! My MIL has a grinder exactly like that, wonder if she’ll part with it. πŸ™‚

  29. Donna,
    You are one super cool lady. I am in the BC area this week and it would have been wonderful to have met you. You are one super cool lady with the most unique style I have ever seen. Perhaps I will get to meet you one day.
    Hugs, Cindy S

  30. How cool! As soon as I saw the Gray Beverage crate I know you were another Southern Alberta girl. I love your style, off to explore more.

  31. I absolutely love this, everything from the found wood to just figuring out how to do it based on what you needed.

    BUT….do check on one thing. Does your monitor have vent ports at the bottom? Is it drawing air thru the bottom edge? I know that is how the iMac is designed, and it needs certain clearance to be able to pull air thru to cool the unit down. Just something to check on. I would hate for you to have just designed a way to slowly cook your new expensive monitor! I fried my iMac by letting MY CAT SLEEP IN FRONT OF IT. Basically it was just sucking in her hair like a vacuum. Nice.

    Anyway, just check into it!

  32. Oh you are such and inpiration! I wanted to do this too with some saw horses that we have but my project has turned out a little different than originally planned. I just love all the details of your desk.

  33. This such a fun project. Personal spaces need to be fun as well as functional—–makes me want to dig right in and start on a project for myself.

  34. Hello,
    I read you on the “maison Chic” in France !!!
    Your work is wonderfull !!! I have a same story of her, i’am alone and in order to make a nice home i take old thing for to give them an other life at my home!!!
    I follow you with facebook !!!

    Scuse me for my bad english πŸ˜‰

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