This particular DIY took a bit of a detour, as my projects often do. I started with these Pier 1 side tables that had seen better days.
They were particularly tall for side tables and way too narrow to sit nicely beside a couch or bed without wobbling, so I decided to turn them into a desk for our office/guest room. All of my teaching takes place online so I just need a comfortable spot to park my lap top that is out of the way of our curious toddler.
Using a 16"x72" stainable wood panel that I picked up at Lowes (I used the same panel for our floating cubby buffet) Dan helped me cut it down to 52".
"Paint it Black." Forget the glitz and glam of white and gold and go with classic black (I really do prefer classic to glitz and glam anyways).
A little sanding removed the gold leaf and as long as I was experimenting with new mediums I went with black enamel. Jenny Komenda from Little Green Notebook had used enamel to paint her laminate bathroom cabinets and I loved how much shine and depth it offered.
I found enamel to be easy to work with, it's like paint just thicker (and smells much worse). The thickness helped conceal the fact that the side tables were made of MDF and the desk top wood, they now have a unified look.
For more on this space check out the office chair update and no-sew curtain DIY.
UPDATE 10/10/13: check out my desks new home as a media console in our living room.