Daniel and Amanda’s Weblog

October 25, 2007

Our new (well, not really) computer desk

Filed under: dumpster diving,recycling,reusing — theburts @ 4:40 am
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So we found a couple bedside/end table things at a dumpster a few weeks ago. They sat on Josh and Justin’s porch for a while, and we picked them up this last week. We built a computer desk using them as the two ends. Here are the during and after shots (we forgot to take one before we started, but you’ll get the idea).

During…Daniel had already cut the 1X8s and screwed them onto the 2 end tables. And, as you can see, it was mostly painted with the first coat.


After…(Amanda’s idea) we placed pictures we took on our honeymoon on the top and the glass sits on top of those. We can of course change the pictures whenever, and maybe include bible verses, old notes we wrote to each other, or whatever!

amandaatdesk.jpg topview.jpgdanielatdesk.jpg

Overall cost: $10 for the wood to lay inbetween the two tables

The glass piece we already had, one of the pieces we got for free and used to make the TV stand and coffee table at the condo. Paint = free, we used a color we already had. Blood, sweat and tears (and paint in the hair) = priceless. :)

Yay for another cubic meter of matter that won’t take up space in a trash heap, yay for finding another way to “buy” a piece of furniture and stay in our budget while doing it, and yay for another project that was fun and bonding for this newlywed couple. Three cheers for redemption, once again! (Woot woot woot!!)

Amanda and Daniel



  1. Sweet.

    Comment by Dawn — October 25, 2007 @ 3:30 pm | Reply

  2. :) Thanks, Dawn! But do you say ‘sweet’ because of the cool new desk, or because I’m wearing your husband’s old red/orange shirt in the pictures?!? :P I’ve gotten SOOO much use out of that shirt. I’ve worn it like 3 times a week before…cause working at different places, nobody really knows!

    hee hee

    Comment by Daniel and Amanda — October 25, 2007 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

  3. Oh, and I’d also like to point out Amanda’s AWESOME (not to mention highly fashionable) penguin pj’s! :)

    Comment by Daniel and Amanda — October 25, 2007 @ 3:44 pm | Reply

  4. You guys are awesome and always inspiring.
    I can’t wait till we have enough space to dumpster furniture and whatnot

    Comment by Ariah Fine — October 26, 2007 @ 2:31 am | Reply

  5. Well, at least I wasn’t wearing the penguin pj top, too! :)

    (and, they were from goodwill!!)

    Comment by Amanda — October 26, 2007 @ 4:21 pm | Reply

  6. Hi Daniel and Amanda,

    You are two very smaRT PEOPLE TO BUY AT gOODWILL AND THE DUMPSTER, hA. wE HAVE A gOODWILL here in Humboldt. I bought a couple brass lamps, cheap and a very good paper shredder, so you see I like to shop where I can get good cheap things, Ha We plan to see you at the Lake Thanksgiving.

    Bye , We love you two.


    Comment by Clara Wallace — November 18, 2007 @ 12:22 am | Reply

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