You don’t have to be Bob Vila to make home improvement magic.

Allow me to interrupt our normal broadcast of other people’s awesome projects to share one of my own. I’m not the biggest fan of self-promotion, but Dave thought you’d like it, so blame him if you don’t. Cue the horn tootage. I built this desk. A few months ago, I decided my old IKEA desk was pretty ugly, unsightly, disorderly, and other adjectives that end with -ly, so I sold it on Craigslist for $150 and started looking for a new one. Unless I wanted to invest more or settle for something crappy, the perfect replacement was nowhere to be found. Then I saw this post on Manhattan Nest. (btw, add this blog to your reader. It’s aaaamazing.) Immediately inspired, I made a trip to the hardware store and went to work. Keep in mind, I have no handywoman experience, so this result is nothing short of a DIY miracle. I’ll spare you from the deets here, but check out my personal blog or the flickr set for an intense recap. If you’re on the hunt for a piece of furniture, I encourage you to consider building it yourself. Don’t know how? Search the ‘nets; someone else does. Take it from me and WD: if you can dream it, you can do it.