A week ago I discovered a great salvage/lumber yard near our house and picked up a huge rough cut wood plank to sand, stain, and cut to size for our office desk. As shown below, the plank was very rough, gray and weathered looking in certain areas from light exposure, and stained from the metal stand it had been stacked on.
Finnvard base to use for the desk legs, and Josh did a mini IKEA hack by shortening the depth of the base to fit under our plank. The base got a few coats of polyurethane, then we were ready to put it all together in the room. Here's how it looks right now, all uncluttered and clear. I am sure we will have papers, cords, and all manner of other items cluttering the space before long, so I snapped some pictures right away while it still looks clean and presentable!
For those of you interested in trying something like this yourself, I've included the cost breakdown below:
Solid pine wood plank, salvage yard - $50
Finnvard table base, IKEA - $30
Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, Home Depot - $12
Minwax Golden Oak Stain, Home Depot - $8
Minwax Clear Satin Polyurethane, Home Depot - $11
Metal bracket for support under right side of desk, Home Depot - $7
Qty. 2 Ekby Valter birch self brackets, IKEA - $8
You will also need the following tools (we had these already so they didn't factor into our cost):
Electric sander & sand paper
Foam brush to apply the pre-stain
A few old rags for staining
Drill & drill bits or a screwdriver