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Reclaimed Desk Set ~ DIY Furniture Build

Do you ever get so excited you get goosebumps? I do…all the time. haha! Especially when friends ask, “Do you want these?” and they bring out these chippy gems. No questions asked…YES! How could I refuse? Plus, my husband brought home a gorgeous hardwood pallet that I recently beat apart. I feel a reclaimed desk set build coming on!

Turned Reclaimed Legs Before Reclaimed Desk Set | prodigalpieces.com

Take a look at this hardwood maple…eep! One doesn’t pass up such things when they cross your path. (just sayin’)

Disassembled Hardwood Pallet for Reclaimed Desk Set | prodigalpieces.com

DIY TIME

First, I just want to say “Thank you” to Billie who let me shop her barn for all her treasures she has stored up. When I get to ogle her garden shed, she showed me those turned legs above and asked…”do you want these?” Umm…yes, ma’am!! How could I pass up such an offer? However, before I get after those, I need to pull out my toys to clean up that pallet wood.

The wood has saw marks all over and is quite shaggy. So, that means I need to plane it down. This bench-top planer is so addictive and fun!

Larissa of Prodigal Pieces Planing Pallet Wood for Reclaimed Desk Set | prodigalpieces.com

Although, I come out looking like a sawdust snowwoman itching like I have poison ivy all over, I still enjoy it to the full. If you’ve never used one of these before, the idea is simple. Take off small layers slowly to reveal the gorgeous wood beneath. You can see how we used it to build our reclaimed wood kitchen counters in our remodel HERE.

Also, take a peek at this cast iron bench entrusted into my care for an update. It was so aged and covered in moss that the planer saves (and my sander) the day! Seeing this wood come to life makes me get even more excited to see this reclaimed console table vision come to fruition.

Wrought Iron Bench Before by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Refinished Wrought Iron Bench by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Refinished Wrought Iron Bench Side Refinished by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Who knew there was gorgeous white oak hiding under there, right? Plus, the boiled linseed oil really makes it shine. You can see how I used the same oil to refresh my antique pew covered in mud in this post.

NEXT STEPS

Next, I need to chop those legs down a bit to get them to the right height for my purposes. Again, my miter saw (with DIY dust collector hood) come to the rescue.

Miter Saw Hood DIY by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Then, it’s time to get the pallet wood ready, I also use my miter saw to get it to length. After that, I use my pocket hole jig to create pockets for screws for the best kind of assembly.

Pocket Joint Jig with Reclaimed Hardwood Pallet | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Assembled Reclaimed Desk Set Side by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Notice, I added pockets for screws to drive up into the top boards for a secure finish. Don’t you just love tools? eep!

Before I wrap this up, I want to make use of those scraps I cut off from the legs initially. There’s no need for waste. They just need to be spun into something useful. Not only do these solid wood scraps have funtastic chippy paint, but they also will serve as a great base for my riser. As a matter of fact, I even have just enough scrap pallet wood left to make it too. Yay!

THE REVEAL

Here is my reclaimed desk set with all the rustic charm I can muster. Isn’t it fun?

Reclaimed Farmhouse Style Desk Set Built by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpices.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #woodworking #diy #home #farmhouse

Reclaimed Farmhouse Style Desk Set Built by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpices.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #woodworking #diy #home #farmhouse

I’m excited to use this for my assortment of plants and keeping them in the only window suited that is southern facing in my home. However, I’m staging them for today’s purposes as a desk. I’m excited to be keeping this for just me as it’s rare that I am able to do that with my limited space.

Top of Reclaimed Desk Set from Pallet Wood by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #rustic #diy #home #farmhouse #homedecor

Reclaimed Wood Plank Wood Desk Set by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #reclaimed #wood #farmhouse #woodworking #diy #home

RECLAIMED LOVE

The light wood paired with the white really makes my heart pitter-pat. Are you with me on this one? It’s hard to pass up good wood like that.

Handmade Farmhouse Desk Set from Reclaimed Wood by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #reclaimed #hom #homedecor #diy

Antique Glasses on Farmhouse Desk | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #antique

Reclaimed Desk Set Seat by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #reclaimed #home #homedecor

In addition, I had to add these two pieces back somewhere. I felt they looked perfect on the front of this seat (riser). Plus, I couldn’t let a bit of this wood go to waste.

Vintage Vignette for Farmhouse Style by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #vignette

Rustic Desk Set Built with Reclaimed Wood by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #desk #home

  • Handmade Linen Ottoman by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #shopping
    Linen Ottoman ~$75

Finally, inspiring you is my goal. Next time, pick up that pallet and those misfit pieces and have fun creating, whether big or small. Likewise, pin and share to inspire others too!

Build a relaimed wood desk set as shown built by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furntiure #home #homedecor #diy

Up next, I’m eager to dress up this glass serving tray. Any ideas? See the funky fun new look HERE.

Glass Tray Before Reverse Painting DIY | prodigalpieces.com

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Also, more upcycled projects like this reclaimed desk set:

Garden fun! This misfit sewing desk top is transformed into an upcycled mud bar for hours of pretend play fun by JC & Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #upcycled #kids #funDIY Upcycled Doorstops from Plastic Garden Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #upcycled #home #homedecor

Comments

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! I’m doing a happy dance over heeyah…tee hee!

  1. susan says

    BEAUTIFUL! Wish I could use power tools like you do 😁.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Susan. You can! I would love to teach you how.

  2. Shelley S says

    That desk is as cute as can be, and the options for using it are endless! Great job Lariss!

    • Larissa says

      I’m just a bit skip-happy! Thank you. I’m eager for use in this home, but also eager for a new home to put it in…with maybe a studio? eep! God’s timing.

  3. Lili Bond says

    The set is just lovely

  4. Marie - Interior Frugalista says

    My heart went pitter-patter on this one! I have been on the hunt for months for 4 turned legs to build a custom sofa table gift. You hit the jackpot with both the legs and pallet wood. Love your custom desk build, Larissa! Pinned 🙂

    • Larissa says

      I am so stoked!! I hope the leg fairy graces your door as I know you’ll whip out a treat! 😀 Thanks, Marie.

  5. Rebecca - NC says

    Wow!!!! True magic!! ❤️

  6. Tess says

    Loved this project! And love the spindles! Nice work!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! I’m blessed to have friends with barns…haha. 😉

  7. Becky says

    Very nice!!! How cool to make something for YOU! I want a planer some day!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! I hope you get one, too, Becky. It’s truly a wonderful asset.

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