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DIY Welded Desk . . . Complete!

I teased you with the post about how we stained and varnished the surface and how Hubby welded the base so, without further ado, here is the desk put together . . . 

White welded desk DIY

White welded desk DIY

White welded desk DIY

With the new lamps turned on (blogged about here and purchased here):

These lamps have a dimmer, which is a nice touch.

The chair, blogged about here, was purchased from this local shop that does online orders as well.  The lamps and chair were pricey, but both were bought locally (although Living Lighting is actually a chain) and I always feel good about supporting Canadian stores.  Plus, Hubby loves the chair (it really is comfy) and I am obsessed with the lamps (for good reason).  The DIY desk really offset the price of the other items (less than $100 for all supplies).

I did the painting 10 years ago for an art class.  Hubby (although he wasn’t my Hubby, yet) was handy back then too, and made my canvas stretchers and framed the finished pieces.  I sold one painting from the series, gave away others and painted over one but I gave this to him as a gift to say, “hey, thanks.  p.s. I love you”. 

White welded desk DIY
The painting is DIY, too!

In terms of designing the desk, we pretty much stole the design.  I’m not gonna lie.  I opted for white legs and a creamy white, glossy top so the desk wouldn’t compete with everything else in the office.  We chose square metal tubing the same size as the thickness of the surface because I think that looks good.  If you try this yourself, you can use larger/smaller tubing and a different surface thickness:

black and white office decor


Now some shots of the glossiness that took me days to achieve:

black and white office decor

black and white office decor

Apologies for the wait, but I wanted to let the varnish thoroughly cure, especially because I doubled the “recommended” number of coats.  I didn’t want any lamp-shaped indentations!  But waiting was excruciating for me.

I’m still thinking about whether to put anything else on the desk.  With the newly modified Ikea Expedit behind the desk and the silhouette wall behind my desk (more office pics soon), I think that simple might be the way to go.

But one question for you all:

Don’t have a welder or handy hubby?  Read on:

I know this project won’t be especially affordable for people who don’t have the equipment already.  I have the equipment because my grandpa was a welder and he bought me the tools so he could weld my headboard and so, eventually, I’d learn to weld (I’m working on that!)  If you love the idea of this simple desk, but can’t reproduce it, chat with local high school students and college students in welding courses.  A friend in high school welded her entire bedroom set (for credit!!) and I’m sure she would have welded something for someone else, for a little coin.  Remember, $20 is a lot to a student . . .

Or, you could make a similar style desk made entirely of wood!



  1. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    December 8, 2011 / 4:15 pm

    it looks amazing!!!!!!and you look so cute waiting….

  2. Amelia @ House Pretty
    December 8, 2011 / 4:21 pm

    WOW. It is amazing – congrats! I love the lamps and the chair too. They are such classic pieces you'll love them for ages, so it's worth the investment πŸ™‚

  3. Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
    December 8, 2011 / 4:41 pm

    Thanks, Cassie!Amelia, that's what I figured. I like to mix in some "posh" pieces because so much is DIY, bought second-hand or from a big box. It does feel good to have a few really good quality, stylish pieces. And the chair was more a comfort concern – it was, by far, THE most comfy chair we found in our city and we looked at less expensive ones first.

  4. modern jane
    December 8, 2011 / 4:47 pm

    This is absolutely incredible! I'm so impressed!

  5. Jae
    December 8, 2011 / 5:21 pm

    You lamps are fabulous!

  6. Sarah @ { rad: renovations are dirty }
    December 8, 2011 / 5:40 pm I love your desk! The amount of shine is amazing. I have a couple of rast hacks and I'm thinking they need some more coats of poly after seeing your desk top. I was going to ask how you deal with cords but then saw your question…. πŸ™‚

  7. Meghan @ Wishful Thinking
    December 8, 2011 / 5:58 pm

    Can I borrow your hubby for the day? My guy is useless at DIY! Your desk turned out fabulously! The beautiful lamps and chair (omg so in love with that chair) really make it all look so chic!

  8. Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
    December 8, 2011 / 6:04 pm

    Hi Sarah,Luckily the cords on this lamp are clear. And one outlet is behind the curtain, so on the right side they are hidden. Lotte lamps have a retractable cord, why can't all lamps have that?!?

  9. Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
    December 8, 2011 / 6:05 pm

    Hi Meghan,My Hubby is available for rent – we have to pay for the lamps and chair somehow. Lol.

  10. Dana@Mid2Mod
    December 8, 2011 / 7:53 pm

    Gorgeous! You two make quite the DIY team. I love how it all looks together…desk, lamps, chair, picture. Great job!

  11. Shannon
    December 8, 2011 / 8:01 pm

    good jobbie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Dora
    December 8, 2011 / 8:26 pm

    The desk is so pretty πŸ™‚ You guys did such a great job

  13. Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
    December 8, 2011 / 8:51 pm

    Thanks ladies!Dana, yes we do love to work together. His handy skills were actually very appealing to me when we met. I was already a fan of DIY as a teen, but had gaps in my skillset which Hubby filled nicely.

  14. Dana@Mid2Mod
    December 8, 2011 / 9:02 pm

    I'd say you complement each other in many ways! I could tell that the minute I met you. πŸ™‚

  15. Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
    December 8, 2011 / 9:17 pm

    Thanks Dana! That means a lot to me. I think it helps that we got together when I was 17 & he was 19 so we really "grew-up" together and grew in ways that fit one another. We celebrate our third wedding anniversary soon, and I have a funny post planned to celebrate.

  16. elaine
    December 8, 2011 / 9:24 pm

    Looks great! Worth the wait πŸ™‚

  17. Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
    December 8, 2011 / 10:06 pm

    Kirsti,I checked out the link, from Benita at Chez Larson. What a clever solution! I'll have to see if I can make her tips work for me.

  18. Jaimie
    December 9, 2011 / 12:12 am

    Totally love this. Think I might have to make my own version whenever it's time to get a new desk πŸ™‚

  19. Faith
    December 9, 2011 / 1:36 am

    it looks great!!! πŸ™‚

  20. Beatrice @
    December 9, 2011 / 3:17 am

    That looks amazing. Love the painting, lamps, desk, chair, everything. Gorgeous.

  21. Fash Boulevard
    December 9, 2011 / 10:30 am

    so clean and chic. i love it. amazing post, love. thanks for sharing. if you get a sec I'd love to hear what you think of my latest post.

  22. emilie
    December 9, 2011 / 3:15 pm

    From my perspective the waiting was worth it! The final product looks amazing!My BF is an electrical engineer… his life is wires! Have you ever heard of a "random wire box"? I'll be honest, it comes in handy once in a while… anyways, the BF bought a staple gun and tucked his insane amount of wires onto the baseboards and made our TV and speakers look like they are wireless! Believe me, the staple gun will save your life!

  23. Carol@TheDesignPages
    December 9, 2011 / 5:42 pm

    Love, love, love it. Way to go you 2!!

  24. Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
    December 9, 2011 / 6:56 pm

    Good tip, Emilie. I'll see if we can do that . . .

  25. melissamevans
    December 9, 2011 / 7:58 pm

    Love your desk! Amazing project and EXCELLENT result!

  26. Christine
    December 9, 2011 / 8:10 pm

    Looks fantastic! Love how simple and modern it is! Great job! Wish Shayne knew how to weld…

  27. Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
    December 9, 2011 / 10:05 pm

    I have been toying with the idea of starting an etsy shop (largley because it has been suggested by many readers) and one thing we could stock are these welded legs. Handy folks who have all the skills but welding could then DIY a top (or go prefab, like we did) and prime and paint the legs to suit. We could even take custom orders. But this is just something we're thinking about. I'll post updates if we end up taking the plunge!

  28. cart-wheels
    December 10, 2011 / 2:05 am

    That is some high-class high-gloss! Brava!!

  29. Vintage Hunter
    December 10, 2011 / 6:09 am

    Love the desk! And that painting looks great with it.

  30. barbara@hodge:podge
    December 10, 2011 / 3:49 pm

    Holy Smokes – fabulous! And those lamps – LOVE!

  31. Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
    December 10, 2011 / 4:25 pm

    Thanks everyone! I did have plans to swap out the painting because I thought the proportions would be wrong, but Hubby wanted a much lower desk than I originally planned, so it worked! And I like the history of the painting. We're not a really romantic couple, but we are sentimental about some things.

  32. Haus and Home
    December 10, 2011 / 7:04 pm

    Turned out nice, I know waiting was hard, but well worth it.

  33. Sudha
    December 10, 2011 / 9:11 pm

    loved your desk…cant get enough of your DIYs :)…you rock tanya

  34. pascale
    December 10, 2011 / 9:23 pm

    tanya – this desk is amazing – it looks stunning – and being a girl with a penchant for black – i LOVE the painting too!

  35. Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful}
    December 11, 2011 / 10:55 pm

    It turned out so absolutely fabulous! It's looking so mad men-esque…and that is a complement to the highest degree if you ask me (c: I love how clean the lines are…I have no clue what you are going to do with those cords, though, so I am no help…but it looks fantastic, be proud!

  36. Deborah at Kilbourne Grove
    December 15, 2011 / 11:24 am

    I certainly have to agree with everyone else, the desk is fantastic. But I have to admit my heart belongs to your painting. How did you get that amazing texture?

  37. Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
    December 15, 2011 / 3:32 pm

    Deborah,Thanks for your kind words! I'm glad you like my painting :)For some of the paintings in that series I used a thick gesso (came in a tub). For this painting I think I just used acrylic paint. The cheaper, school-issued brand I used had a thicker consistency than more expensive brands I had used.

  38. Remodelaholic
    January 3, 2012 / 4:09 am

    This is SO amazing I saw your comment and had to come and see this! i would love to feature it, if you are interested please let me know! I will get you all the details!Cassity

  39. Marci
    January 3, 2012 / 4:45 am

    What a beautiful desk. The shine and simplicity is breathtaking. Thanks so much for your kind comment on my console table that was featured on Remodelaholic.

  40. Jeanette West
    January 10, 2013 / 9:23 pm

    I love your last sentence – β€œOr, you could make a similar style desk made entirely of wood!” , it’s like saying that if you can’t weld, then don’t do it! Anyway, it’s really hard to weld at first. You have to practice for quite some time until you get used to it.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      January 11, 2013 / 5:01 am

      Welding is SO tricky! I was also thinking that some readers might not have access to the equipment but might like the style of the desk. Someone who already is set up for making wood cuts, etc., could make a similar style using their own expertise.

  41. David
    January 3, 2014 / 3:41 pm

    Could you run the electrical cords through the hollow tubing of the desk?

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      January 3, 2014 / 5:26 pm

      That's a great idea! I'd have to check to make sure the plugs would fit through the tubing. I'm selling this desk but I'll be sure to recommend your idea to the gal who is buying it. If I had thought of that when we bought the supplies, I could have picked out larger tubing that could accommodate the plugs.

  42. MilfordsIpswich
    December 11, 2014 / 8:38 am

    This is wonderful! It's simple and minimal but it's really appealing. We especially like the glossy table, which you've waited a lot for. Anyways, great job!

  43. Anonymous
    February 20, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    So simple yet elegant, I'm inspired! How is that table top holding up? Have you had any problem with warping, given that the top is made out of spruce/pine/fir? Keep up the good work!

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      February 21, 2017 / 6:55 pm

      We used it for three years and have since sold it. But while we used it, it held up perfectly. No warping or problems. I think the boards were laminated together well (smiles and frowns, etc). Great question!

    • Anonymous
      February 22, 2017 / 10:28 am

      Thank you Tanya! Love your blog by the way!

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      February 26, 2017 / 1:57 am

      I'm so happy to hear that, thank you πŸ™‚

  44. Ivory Jean
    October 5, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    I love this project. I love how you sitting in deep thought, great idea! You are so lucky to have had a grandpa who taught you how to welder things . You listen, watched, and learned well, because you did an excellent job here. Thank you so much for this post. Your desk is fabulous.

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      October 6, 2017 / 4:09 am

      I have to give the welding credit to my Hubby who is so good! I'm slowly slowly learning, haha.

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