Pottery Barn Craft Desk

by Chris on July 13, 2011

I’ve had a couple of messages asking how the craft desk is coming along. Yeah…about that. It took me a minute, but it’s finally finished.

Pottery Barn craft desk

The top was pretty scratched up, but the rest of it was in perfect condition. I dove right in by priming it while it was unassembled. The only before picture I have is this one.


And now I give you the finished product. 

pottery barn craft desk

Don’t pay attention to the unfinished surrounding. Just the desk, remember?

pottery barn craft table

I found the perfect bins at Target to store all my crafty junk. They were $10 a piece, so I bought a couple at a time. Well, in true JAG form, I’m one short. They are nowhere to be found. Offfff course.

target storage bins

The original knobs were wood, and I thought I’d glam it up a bit. I found these for $1.00 at Habitat Re-store. Love that place.

brass knobs

Because my other furniture in the room has a gloss finish, I’m doing the same to this piece. As of this picture, it was still drying. I’d like to have a piece of glass cut to go over it, too. We’ll have to see how much that costs.

brass knobs

You may notice that I didn’t paint the inside of the drawer. It slides open so smoothly that I didn’t want to mess around with that. I left it as-is since no one’s going to see it anyway. Well…anyone but you, of course. And my husband who said, “You forgot to paint the drawer” as he was helping me move it. He’s an Einstein, I tell ya!

drawer organizer

I lined the bottom with some scrap leather I had on hand (yes, I had it on hand), and I found two trays for $5 at Target. They fit quite perfectly to store my go-to items. Here’s a little breakdown of what’s in there for now.

organized drawer My goal is NOT to clutter up the top of it. I’d rather not have a single item on there so I can just go to work all the time. We shall see…



Dianne July 13, 2011 at 3:44 pm

How cute!!! Much better than before. I love the baskets

Jocelyn Pascall July 13, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Love it! Looks great!!!

rachel July 13, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I laughed at your pencils not for kids pencils. I actually bought some pencils with my name on them and anyone caught with a “rachel” pencil in their room is in BIG trouble! ; )

Erin @ His and Hers July 13, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Pretty! I always lose my scissors, too. And I have like 6 pairs. It’s kind of a problem.

Amy @ All In A Day July 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Girl…..I think I literally just saw those baskets at my Target a couple days ago! Want me to check for you? I can stick it in the mail to you if I do find it. Let me know!

Chris July 13, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Uh….heck yes, Amy! Don’t go out of your way or anything, but that would be awesome! Thank you SO much for offering.

cheryl July 13, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I have those baskets, I will be happy to send one to you. I got them on clearance with no particlar use in mind for them, I just liked them. Let me know and I will send it to you!

Chris July 13, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Seriously? Clearance, too? Are you sure??? I’ll e-mail you, but that would be awesome!

Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl) July 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Oh, tell me about it with not being able to find those bins. I bought two when I first saw them and went back to find them again. No wear to be found! Ugh. Lucky you, looks like you can get one from Cheryl ;-)

Myra @ My Blessed Life July 13, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Chris, it turned out BEAUTIFUL!!!! :)

laxsupermom July 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm

The desk looks beautiful! Don’t you love how the blogging community is always there for you with a solution? Love that you can post that you’re one short and have someone jump up and say, “I have extras.” Love how organized you are. Thanks for sharing.

melinda July 13, 2011 at 8:35 pm

It turned out great. the nobs are very cool too.
Hope you are able to keep the pink tape dispenser—–way too cute.


Cara July 13, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Be still my beating heart!! That is gorgeous!
Love the white finish and the fab organisation. If only there was a Target in the UK!

Richella at Imparting Grace July 13, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Oh, gosh, a craft desk. I am trying REALLY HARD not to be envious. Of course, I have to do this every time you show a part of that wonderful room of yours. But this is just perfection. To have a completely uncluttered, free-from-stuff space to sit down and get right to work on any craft–that’s just heavenly. I’m excited to see what you create while sitting at that desk!

Julie {Angry Julie Monday} July 13, 2011 at 9:21 pm

It turned out fabulous. And I agree with not painting the drawer. Leave it alone. We painted the drawers on our nightstand, and they did not slide in and out nicely.

Luisa July 13, 2011 at 9:29 pm

The desk looks fantastic!

Laura July 13, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I absolutely LOVE your DIY projects – I have taken your advise and bought all the supplies for refinishing a piece of furniture – now if I could find the time… but I am sure with the instructions you gave in a previous post, it will turn out fabulous! And I am thinking of stealing some space in my house for a craft room… if only I could move husband’s xbox without him knowing…

colette July 14, 2011 at 3:58 am

So cute, love how it turned out. I hated never having scissors when I need them, now I have a pair everywhere, and at least 5 in my office/craft room.

Adriane July 14, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Just curious, that glue isn’t it E-6000 what do you use it for? Thinking I may need to buy some just because, lol!

Chris July 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Hmmm….adhering magnets to the backs of things, fixing broken objects, paper crafts if I don’t have other glue, etc. It’s extremely strong, Adriane. It’s good to have around!

Sheila July 14, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Great job on the desk. Sending wishes out that you will find that extra bin soon.

Dayle July 15, 2011 at 5:25 am

It’s marvelous!

Marcia July 15, 2011 at 6:05 am

I have been searching for one of these all over. Hoping not to have to pay full price. I love what you did with it.

malia July 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm

wow it’s beautiful and great idea lining the drawer

Lisa @ Southern Days July 15, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Hi! I’m your newest follower! I loved this post…I adore those little trays all organized nice and neat! Makes me want to go organize all the drawers in my house. : )

Caroline July 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Basket bins is so cute!!! the transformation is very nice..

Jenn July 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Chris – LOVE the desk it looks great. As far as a glass top goes, I needed one for an antique dresser my almost teenage daughter has in her room (and likes to put hair products, and make-up and nail polish if you get my drift). I ended up looking at Menards, and got a piece of plexi-glass for only a few bucks. You might consider that route, it still looks great.

Mrs. D@ Fostering a Creative Life July 18, 2011 at 1:51 am

NICE! Ok, are you just lucky that everything just fits perfectly- the bins the 2 trays inside- perfection; or did you measure and have all those notes handy when you r find these great deals?! I couldn’t agree more with the E-6000. It’s so strong I’m even catching my husband “borrowing” it from time to time!

azKim July 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Love your project. Noticed you were looking for a glass top, maybe. I found dozens at different thrift shops like Goodwill and Savers. Just take your measurements and see what fits-they were all under $10. I found the exact size I needed though there were many that would have done the job as well. Good luck!

Michaela L May 4, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Did u use a true white paint or slight off white?

Chris May 25, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I use a slightly off white paint, Michaela. Unfortunately, I can’t find the can I used, but I just matched up some swatches I had. Good luck!

Amanda July 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Can I pin this? So neat. I may have to make the hour trip to our nearby pb outlet.

Chris July 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Ha! Yes! Pin away. :) Thank you!

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