Easy DIY desk with green and gold desk legs from PrettyPegs on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(Roman shade, Burl frame, Table lamp, Desk chair)


Welcome to the fourth week of my older sister’s bedroom makeover for the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge! In case you’re just catching up, you can find my design boards for the room here and get the lowdown on all the textiles in the space here. Yesterday I outlined some of my tips for choosing the right lighting for your bedroom, and you’ll get some more shots of the modern lighting from west elm, like the great brass lamp above, in this post. I’m also sharing the details on those pretty green and gold table legs from Pretty Pegs and how I put together the desk. Finally, you’ll get a look at the art selection in the room, including some fabulous copper art shelves from Minted! Click below for more.



Easy DIY desk with green and gold desk legs from PrettyPegs on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I went back to PrettyPegs after my success putting this desk together last year with their beautiful desk legs. This time around, I took a more colorful approach with the legs to bring some of that dark green from the headboard over to this side of the room. The installation is super simple – just place the leg brackets and mark where you need to drill or screw, then get all those screws in place! From there, the green and gold table legs simply twisted into place.

I used a 2×4 foot plywood panel, after learning how hard it is to spray paint MDF panels in my last project. I chose a 1/2″ thickness, but the thicker the better, for a sturdy desk top. I used two cans of a white semi-gloss spray paint and primer to cover the top of the desk, and my mom had the fun idea of using some leftover gold to spray the bottom of the desk!

Easy DIY desk with green and gold desk legs from PrettyPegs on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

The simple white desk top and bistro chairs lets the fabulous green and gold combination really stand out. It goes perfectly with the gold lighting and headboard in the rest of the room, as you can see below! west elm’s modern Mobile chandelier replaced a dark, heavy ceiling fan that consumed the center of the room. This new fixture is quite the upgrade!

Pretty gold mobile chandelier from west elm on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

You’ll spot a new piece of art above the headboard – it’s one of my own photographs, framed in one of my favorite Brentwood frame from Framebridge. I used this mirrored frame in my father’s bedroom makeover as well, and I love how it brings an unexpected, modern element to a vignette. It’s also an easy way to balance gold elements in a room since the mirrored look feels metallic but not exactly silver. I wanted something fresh above the more traditional bedding, so this piece provides the perfect pop!

Mirrored frame from Framebridge above green tufted headboard on Thou Swell @thouswellblog
Copper art shelves with framed prints from Minted on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I picked the rest of the art from Minted’s great selection, and ordered two four-foot copper art shelves to create the easiest ‘leaning’ gallery wall across from the bed. The copper shelves are the perfect width to hold the framed prints, and bring a metallic element to the wall. I chose two larger prints and two smaller ones, with a mix of photography and mixed media abstract pieces with a mix of frames for a collected look. While the pieces vary, Kristi Kohut’s striped print includes both the dark green of the headboard and desk legs and the bright yellow of the daffodil blossoms photography print.

I’ve installed most of the main pieces in the room – now it needs fluffing! Check in next week as I tackle styling the room with my favorite decor and accessories. Make sure to head over to Calling it Home to check-in with all of the ORC linking participants this week!


Product for my One Room Challenge was sponsored by the following brands: Annie Selke, ArtHide, Framebridge, Minted, PrettyPegs, The Shade Store, Shelby Dillon, West Elm, and World Market. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!

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  1. Tricia @ SimplicityInTheSouth wrote:

    It’s all coming together so beautifully. The artwork, the combination of green and gold, and that light fixture is perfection!

    Posted 4.29.17 Reply
  2. Kat Neunaber wrote:

    That copper shelf!!!!!

    Posted 4.27.17 Reply