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DIY Campaign Style Desk

July 26, 2012

Last April, my mom surprised me with World Market's Josephine Desk for my birthday (thanks, Mom!):




I love the desk as-is but lately I've been thinking about adding a little something to it to make it more unique. I love the look of campaign desks but hate how much they cost and trying to find a vintage one on my city's Craigslist is like trying to find a needle in a haystack - impossible:



[ Images via Style Hive ]


[ Image via 1st Dibs ]

Anyway, the more I looked at campaign desks, the more I started noticing how similar the style of my Josephine Desk was to them. That's when my DIY light bulb went off!

Feeling inspired, I went to Ace to see what kind of campaign-esque hardware they had and ended up coming home with the following:

3 packs of 4 1-1/2" x 3/8" brass corner braces (later updated to 4) - $3.49/each:



And 2 brass lion head pulls - $3.79/each:



Which I used to create my DIY version of a campaign desk:




Side note: I know the pulls I chose for my desk aren't true campaign style pulls but every pull that I found that looked like a real campaign pull required a chunk of the drawer to be cut out so the pull could be recessed into it. I didn't feel comfortable with that idea so I passed on buying real campaign style pulls and bought the ones I felt more comfortable with (and liked more!) instead :)

Before I show you any more after photos, let me explain what I did first for those that would like to DIY a campaign desk of their own!

You may have noticed in the photo above that the corner braces I got from Ace have "Ace" stamped into one side:



I didn't want my desk to look like it was sponsored by their company so I simply flipped them over so I could use the non-branded side on my desk.

To start attaching the braces to my desk, I held one of them up to the corner and used it as a template to drill a 3/32" pilot hole through one of the bracket's holes:



Then I screwed one of the brass screws that came with the braces into the newly drilled pilot hole to hold the corner brace in place:



This made it easier for me to drill the other 3 pilot holes into the desk:



After the remaining 3 pilot holes were drilled, I screwed 3 more brass screws into the holes and just like that, my first corner brace was in place!:



Then I repeated the same steps above to attach the remaining 15 braces. I attached 4 corner braces to each side of the desk:

Right side:



Left side:



3 to the left side of the drawer on the front of the desk (since I had already attached the top left one):



And 4 to the right side of the drawer on the front of the desk:



Once the braces were attached, I eyeballed where I wanted my lion head pulls to go (7 1/2" in from the left and right, 1/2" down from the top) and then I drilled two, 9/64" pilot holes into the front of the drawer so I could screw two screws into the drawer from the back (one for each pull), and attach my lion head pulls:


[ Please excuse the night time photos :) ]

Once the pulls were attached, my DIY campaign style desk was complete!





Why yes, I am using a slice of agate as my mousepad :)



How about a little before and after action?

Before:



After:



Now let's do a little budget breakdown, just for fun:
  • Josephine Desk - Already owned (It'd be $139.99 if you were to buy one today)
  • 4 packs of 4 brass corner braces @ $3.49/each = $13.96
  • 2 lion head pulls @ $3.79/each = $7.58
  • TOTAL: $21.54!!!

What do you think of the transformation? Are you going to DIY some campaign furniture of your own?

I'm sharing this project on: House of Hepworths, AKA Design, One Project Closer, and Our Fifth House!

14 comments :

  1. lady you need to come help me with my house! this stuff is awesome that youve been working on!

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  2. Haha I'll road trip myself out there one of these years! I can always help you via text/Facebook in the mean time though :)

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  3. Wow!! That is a fabulous makeover, so simple but makes a huge difference! Thanks for sharing!! xo

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  4. I LOVE it! So creative and I love the way the lion pulls look! They're so cute and tiny! :)

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  5. What a neat upgrade! Of course, my favorite part is the Mac. :) heehee
    Thanks so much for linking up and linking back. Be sure to like us on facebook for contest updates and winners!
    https://www.facebook.com/OneProjectCloser

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  6. It looks GORGEOUS! The details make all the difference.

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  7. Jocie - Thanks! I love my Mac haha Couldn't live without it! Off to "like" your page!

    Tanya - Thank you! :)

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  8. Hey can you come to.my place and do it over. You are good!

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  9. awesome. where did you buy that desk to begin with? i love it. the whole make over is very creative.

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  10. Thanks Susy!

    Thanks Carol! The desk is the Josephine desk from World Market :)

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  11. I love this!! Could you please tell me where you got the chair that goes with your desk? I'm looking for something similarly rich and velvety....

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    1. Thanks Kate! I got the chair at TJ Maxx when about 5 years ago. I know that doesn't help you now but I've seen similar ones for sale on Overstock, Target, and flash sale sites like Joss & Main!

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