Pottery Barn inspired desk transformation

Materials: Effective Desk and wood file cabinets

Description: I was inspired by a desk set at Pottery Barn that I couldn’t afford. I used my old (red/brown) Effective Desk and bought two solid oak file cabinets off craigslist for $75.


– I painted the Desk Top and the cabinets Benjamin Moore’s Timid White
– I removed the Ikea legs and hardware from the desk and braced the back corner with some braces I fashioned from metal plates and $2 banister inserts from Home Depot. It is solid!
– The Desk Top just rests on the cabinets at either end.

I love how it turned out.

See more of the Effektiv desk transformation.

~ Nicole, BC, Canada