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Work Table Makeover & Customizing Unfinished Furniture

A budget-friendly option for customizing furniture to work in any space using unfinished, solid wood pre-built pieces & staining an office work table.

We finally have an actual desk in the home office. That’s kind of important I guess, huh?

While I was searching high and low for the perfect budget-friendly option for a big work table, I stumbled upon an unfinished one that was priced super low, was made of solid wood (meaning it would last longer), and gave us the option for customization.

Bingo!

UPDATE: Want to check out the home office final reveal?! See it here.

A budget-friendly option for customizing furniture to work in any space using unfinished, solid wood pre-built pieces & staining an office work table.

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If you’ve never looked into unfinished furniture, it’s definitely one to consider.

It’s like the perks of building furniture without actually having to build furniture.

So to customize ours, I tried out a couple of stain options and eventually landed on my old faithful color I come back to time and time again: Minwax Special Walnut.

Minwax Special Walnut stain

I swear it looks beautiful with everything in any room.

The unfinished furniture usually needs a quick light sanding to remove the protective coating first.

Then just apply Wood Conditioner and wipe away any excess after a few minutes with a dry, lint-free rag (a must to keep wood from looking splotchy).

Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner - to prevent splotchy stained wood

Brush on a coat of stain, let sit for 5-10 minutes, and wipe off. Repeat if you want a deeper shade.

Staining an unfinished table

And brush on a couple of coats of water-based poly. (I prefer water-based most of the time since it does not yellow like oil-based will.)

It’s looking so official in this home office now!

A budget-friendly option for customizing furniture to work in any space using unfinished, solid wood pre-built pieces & staining an office work table.

We rolled out this area rug, added these rolling armchairs, and hung up these creamy white curtains on these modern brass curtain rods.

The light fixture will be going up soon along with the frosting film on the glass doors and we’re finished! Besides the fun decorating part, of course. 😉

Are you loving it?!

While we’re on the subject, do you have any favorite places for buying “pretty” office supplies? Maybe that’ll be the extra productivity incentive… ya think?

A budget-friendly option for customizing furniture to work in any space using unfinished, solid wood pre-built pieces & staining an office work table.

If you want to customize some unfinished furniture for your home, here are some of my favorites that are super budget-friendly:

 

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15 Comments

  1. The office looks fabulous! Love everything you are doing. Love that table too. Where did you purchase yours as it doesnt seem to be the one on any of your links.
    Blessings, Candy

  2. Looking good! In answer to your question for pretty office supplies, I have found some pretties at World Market and Target but I love to incorporate a few vintage/antique items which can usually be found at antique malls and flea markets and Etsy.

  3. LOVE that table! And the rug. And the cabinets. And the chairs. And… Oh, heck, you get the idea. I love it all! You guys are awesome. 🙂

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