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Easy DIY: Affordable Desk With Metal Legs

by Samantha Potter|Sep 14, 2021

I’ve been updating McGregor’s office zone that is in our spare bedroom and it’s all started with an easy DIY desk. This DIY desk really really needed to happen. He was using a desk I had since university when my style was more glam than it is now. Since university, I have gravitated to a more rustic, and well, I don’t think glam was ever quite McGregor’s style… So, just in time for him to return to the office full time, I’ve decided to fix up his space (timing is impeccable!).

Faux Metal Legs for this DIY Desk

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I made this DIY desk fully out of wood – it came to about $100 to make. I could have done it for $75, but to be honest, I wanted a more sturdy top so opted for an additional $25.

The one design detail I wanted for this desk was the metal leg look. The “metal” legs give it a more masculine and industrial look – but I didn’t want to pay the price of full metal legs. So black spray paint to the rescue as usual – luckily I had leftovers from my antique vase.

Metal-looking legs for cheap. Yes.

To be honest, I also got a little lazy, if you filled the knots, and sanded it down more, you’d have even more of an industrial look. I sanded but didn’t bother filling.

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Here’s what you need to make a DIY desk with faux metal legs:

Before you pick out your materials, you need to know what height you’d like the DIY desk to be as well as what size you’d like the top to be. I will give you measurements based on what I have made below. It is 30 inches tall (it’s on the high side because McGregor is tall!), 24 inches deep and 44 inches wide.

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Tools you need:


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