Desking it Out

by Cait

Yes, the title is a terrible pun.

As I mentioned, we’ve been working on the Closet Office recently. In the photos above you’ll notice the desk surface we were working with was quite small (the desk was about 47 inches but the workable space was about 25 inches, with space behind the left monitor for cables, a lamp, etc). We increased our desk to a 96 in long surface, which allows the monitors to be placed side by side instead of at an angle to each other.

I’d like to take a second to say thank you for all your color suggestions on the last post! It was so fun to read your opinions. We really planned on going with Spun Honey or Churchill Hotel Hazy Yellow, but a trip to Lowe’s changed our minds. I don’t have any pictures for you just yet (the computer with Photoshop is still disconnected), but I updated our Paint Colors graphic (that’s a new section filed under Source List, but the blog re-org is another story).

You’ll notice that it’s quite different the general trend we started with the other colors in our house, but we were in Lowe’s buying supplies for the desk surface and scored a $3 pint of Valspar’s Deep Peri (from the Waverly line). It was a spur-of-the-moment choice to buy the can, and we ultimately decided to go ahead use it instead of going with a “safer” option like one of our already-owned colors. It’s definitely bold. A take-your-breath-away kind of bold. But we think we like it. (Kind of shocking, right?) Fortunately it’s only paint, so if we end up hating the choice we still have our already-owned options.

I also wanted to mention some of the ideas we’re thinking about for organization.


I saw this post on Unplggd a while back, which led me to the above photo, where Rasterboy cut a Ribba picture ledge in half and combined it with an Ekby Tony shelf to create a monitor riser. I think we can create something similar without trekking down to Ikea (which is about 2 hours away).


I can’t remember how I ran across this sold-long-ago Etsy listing, but I love it! Here’s hoping we can rig up something similar.


I ran across this desk on Pinterest fairly recently, and I can’t stop thinking about what a lovely stain it is. I think I remember reading that she used driftwood stain, but now I can’t find where I read it. While we were at Lowe’s I saw a Sunbleached stain by Rust-Oleum, but I was worried the color wouldn’t look right with the wall color we used. We ended up just oiling our desktop, but I’m thinking maybe we will sand it down and gray things up a bit if we decide we don’t love the natural look.


Our closet opening is just the right size that we may be able to to mount an Ekby Alex drawer unit beneath the desk surface (unless we dedide it would take up too much knee room).

In addition to the Alex, we want to add a couple of chunky white shelves above our computer monitors. We will probably use this method as laid out by Emily of Merrypad.

Just a few of the office-related things on my mind today. Anyone else working on a office update? Shocked we went with such a bold color?

16 Comments to “Desking it Out”

  1. Saw the preview on Facebook. It looks great! I can’t wait to see the big reveal and the new desk surface.

  2. Love the deep peri color (I’m a fan of bold colors) and I can’t wait to see it finished! Although I do love that mountain pass color (I may steal it for our living room!)…

    • Thanks Kristen! Oh yes, Mountain Pass was another “risky” choice for us! And at times I feel like painting over it with something “safer”, but mostly I still love it :)

  3. Wow, that stained wood is awesome and REALLY looks different — much lighter feeling then any dark-stained or natural wood!

  4. Glad you like my Vintage Industrial Memo Board! Working on more. Thanks for the post :)

  5. Its very pretty. How did you create these paint samples? Was this in photoshop? How did you get the colors exact. I love this. I would love to do this too.

    • Thanks Caity!

      I did use Photoshop, but it could probably be done with any editing software. I just took a screen shot of the digital paint swatch from Valspar’s Color Selector, tweaked it in Photoshop until it looked closer to the real color (sometimes the digital version is a bit off), and added the room we used it in below the swatch.

      I’m sure other paint brands have something similar (or it could even be done from scratch, without the screen shots), and like I mentioned, this could probably be done with any photo editing program. Hope it helps!

  6. To grey wood like that, you can soak steel wool in vinegar for a few days and then use the resulting liquid to stain your wood.

    • Thanks for the tip Tarynkay! I have seen that done by a couple of other bloggers with great results. I may have to try that, and I’ll definitely update about what we end up going with if we decide to current color isn’t doing it for us. (Right now we’re just settling in to the new layout and don’t want to make any decisions until we’re a little more settled).

  7. Love the driftwood stain. So pretty.

  8. Ohhh. I see. Yes it helps. Thank you. :)

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