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Transformed :: A Gilded-Edge Desk

November 20th, 2013

DIY Trestle Desk by Claire Zinnecker | photos by Kate Stafford for Camille Styles

Things have been changing over at my little abode: my dear roommate, Chanel, recently moved out, leaving my second bedroom empty and full of possibility. I’ve decided to transform the space into a much-needed home office, and I’ve got my work cutout for me! First thing’s first: a desk that’s simple, inexpensive, and has a splash of gold (of course), and after some seriously unsuccessful internet shopping I set out to create my own. Using trusty ‘ole Ikea legs (plus some gorgeous accessories from Nannie Inez), this design is super easy to do yourself and packs a major bang for your buck…

DIY Trestle Desk by Claire Zinnecker | photos by Kate Stafford for Camille Styles

DIY Trestle Desk by Claire Zinnecker | photos by Kate Stafford for Camille Styles

  • (2) Lerberg Legs in white from Ikea, assembled
  • (2) Carpet Trim 3/8 x 36″ Gold, cut down to two 23″-long pieces
  • (2) Carpet Trim 1/2 x 72″ Gold
  • (2) Whitewood boards 1 x 6″ x 72″
  • (1) Whitewood boards 1 x 12″ x 72″
  • (1) Common board strip 1 x 3″ x 96″, cut into 4 18″-long pieces.
  • (16) woodscrews #8 1 1/4″
  • drill

*note: carpet trim, whitewood boards and common board pieces can all be purchased at Home Depot or Lowe’s, and cut to size for you on site. If they can’t cut the carpet trim for you, buy an inexpensive hand saw and trim it yourself! 

  1. Lay whitewood boards face down on ground 1/4″ apart, with 12″-wide board in center and a 6″-wide board on either side.
  2. Place the 4 pieces of common board perpendicularly along back side of 72″ whitewood boards, spaced approximately 20″ apart.
  3. Drill 4 screws into each common board piece, connecting it to the whitewood boards — a single screw at each connection point where the common board meet the 6″ whitewood boards, and two screws at the connection point where the common board meets the 12″ whitewood board.
  4. Nail the 72″ carpet trim backwards (ridges against the wood) onto the 72″ sides of the desk top (make sure the top of the trim is flush with the desk top). 
  5. Nail the two 23″ sides onto each end. The desk top now has a brass trim!
  6. Place on the Ikea legs.

DIY Trestle Desk by Claire Zinnecker | photos by Kate Stafford for Camille Styles


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40 Comments under :: Transformed :: A Gilded-Edge Desk
  1. very unique! plus, the metal edge will stay looking nicer much longer than that raw edge, which could start to look scratched after a while.

  2. Jessica Rose says:

    Wow thanks for this….I agree with Emily….about the metal edge…it also jazzes up an otherwise plain piece of wood….its something I could perhaps even try to do myself! Jess. x

  3. kristina says:

    another favorite! awesome job!

  4. oh my gosh that looks absolutely gorgeous!
    love this idea.

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  5. aleandtere says:

    this is such a great idea!!!! i think it would work great if you needed to customize the size of your desk. i have a tiny spot in my bedroom where i’ve been contemplating building a work area…. this would be perfect!

    • clairezinnecker says:

      Thanks! Yes it is great for that! I considered making mine 3′ deep at first so that it could double as a work table as well. Very easily customized.

  6. Steve says:

    Functional and stylish. Great job!

  7. Tyler says:

    so great Claire! I’ve been struggling to find a desk that fits my small space so this looks like the perfect solution. now will you come over and make it for me? 🙂


  8. Rachel says:

    I absolutely LOVE this and, when it’s in the budget, I’m going to copy this for my home office!

    • clairezinnecker says:

      Thanks Rachel! Yes it is affordable! The carpet trim is the only tricky part because some brands are more expensive but the ones I found (link in supply list) were pretty inexpensive!

  9. I was just looking for something like this!! Thank you 🙂

  10. Michele says:

    Very clever; I might try this.

  11. Emily says:

    Very nice!! Love the splash of you with trim of gold!!

  12. Kate says:

    Wow, Claire! That really turned out well. Good job.

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  15. Stacia says:

    This looks great! It may be the perfect solution for my current space! Where did you get those heavenly geometric trays, though??

  16. jennyvive says:

    Haha – is your cactus growing into a weird phallic shape, too?! Mine is and I don’t know how to stop it…. but in other news – love the hexagon trays. I’m on the hunt for good trays. Can you share where you found or have suggestions on where to look?

    xx, js

  17. patrick says:

    I’m wondering what you did with the corners? there isn’t a clear close up pic of any. It’s a great idea, I’m just not sure about the 2 angled out sharp points at each corner and I’m trying to think this through. any ideas? thanks

    • clairezinnecker says:

      Hey Patrick, I made mine so that the front piece overlaps and the two side edges butt into it. I sanded the edges to smooth but never walk past it so the raw edge isn’t an issue. If it is an issue where your desk is located I would suggest a decorative corner guard. They have some beautiful ones and it could finish the desk off nicely!

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  20. Debra says:

    Really like this table! Great job

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  23. june olsen says:

    Love this so much! Found on Stylizimo, but I’ve actually seen it several places before!! Do you mind if I share the top picture on my blog…of course i will link back to you! I am doing a post on how to use stylizimo as an inspiration source!! please let me know asap! Ps: Now following!! xxxJune

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