Bunnings DIY transforms 'sad' home office for just $120

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

Like a lot of us, Dani from the Sunshine Coast has been working from home since the COVID-19 outbreak in March.

After nine months of toiling away in a hastily set-up home office comprising a tiny desk and not much else, she decided it was time for a makeover.

Dani transformed her 'sad' home office for just $120. Photo: Instagram/diydanigirl.
Dani transformed her 'sad' home office for just $120. Photo: Instagram/diydanigirl.

“So off I went to Bunnings and made myself a desk with a standing work area as well,” Dani explained in a Facebook post that showcased before and after photos of her stunning DIY.

The cluttered and ‘sad’ room is barely recognisable thanks to some greenery, a floaty white curtain and few chic decor pieces displayed on a pair of floating shelves.

But the pièce de résistance has to be Dani’s custom timber desk which she tells Yahoo Lifestyle she hand-made herself.

“I didn’t use any instructions. Just knew the look I wanted and figured it out,” she says.

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Dani sourced the materials for her DIY desk from Bunnings. Photo: Instagram/diydanigirl.
Dani sourced the materials for her DIY desk from Bunnings. Photo: Instagram/diydanigirl.

$120 Bunnings transformation

At Bunnings, she picked up an AraucoPly 2100 x 900 x 30mm pine panel for $109 which would become the tabletop for the main and standing desks.

For the table legs, she opted for two lengths of ‘cheap as chips’ structural pine ($14), bringing her total spend to just over $120.

Back at home, Dani cut the panel to size and even had enough left over for shelving for both the home office and another room.

She gave the legs a coat of white paint that she had leftover from painting the ceiling but left the tabletops as-is. Everything was sealed with a top clear coat that she’d previously used to varnish an outdoor table.

She purchased structural pine for the project as it's 'cheap as chips'. Photo: Instagram/diydanigirl.
She purchased structural pine for the project as it's 'cheap as chips'. Photo: Instagram/diydanigirl.
She built two desks: a traditional work desk as well as a standing desk. Photo: Instagram/diydanigirl.
She built two desks: a traditional work desk as well as a standing desk. Photo: Instagram/diydanigirl.

Despite her professional skills — and an impressive Instagram account @diydanigirl — Dani doesn’t DIY for a living.

“I work full-time, DIYing is just a hobby. I wish it was my full-time job!” she says.

Pics of her home office transformation were a hit on social media, with many Facebook users praising the final result.

“What a difference, it looks fabulous!” wrote one.

“Looks great. I’d work there,” added another.

Dani kept her followers on Instagram in the loop on her project. Photo: Instagram/diydanigirl.
Dani kept her followers on Instagram in the loop on her project. Photo: Instagram/diydanigirl.

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