Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Boy's Room Update: Part 1: The Desk

When we moved into our house a year ago, we had a 2 week old and were just trying to get settled, then came the holiday season, the crazy winter filled with sickness and spring sports.  Needless to say, we didn't get much accomplished! This summer we made a list of all the "ideas" and "updates" we wanted to start tackling and #1 was our oldest son's room updates. He had asked for a desk since last spring because he wanted a place to do his homework and art projects without having his younger brothers running around. Have you ever explored the world of pricing for a simple kid desk? How about $400 or more! So, I started looking around and discovered the perfect first building project for my husband and I to tackle together!
If you've never had the opportunity to explore the fabulous site of Ana White then you don't know what you are missing.  In fact, as soon as you finish reading this, hop on over and take a look at all the amazing DIY project plans she has for great knock offs from stores such as Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and Land of Nod to name a few. We found the plans for the 1x3 Sawhorse Desk on her site and followed them exactly with the exception of adding the extra piece in the back
Don't you love how simple this desk is yet adds the perfect space for a boy's room!
As for staining we wanted to find something that would blend in with his existing furniture so we chose American Walnut from Rust-oleum and sealed it with a Satin Polyurethane.  Both products can be found at Lowes and offer fast drying times.
Project Details:
Materials: We used pine wood from Lowes: $65
The Kreg Jig: $99 (we didn't own it but now love it!)
Stain: Rust-Oleum American Walnut found at Lowes
Other items displayed
Baseball bat corkboard: Pottery Barn Kids
Stay tuned for some additional updates to his room!
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  1. This is adorable!! You did such an incredible job. Id love something like this in white or hot pink for our office.

    xo Kylie

    1. Thank you so much! We loved it so much we are now making a 2nd one for our middle son.

  2. This is too cute! I’d love for you to link it up at my link party, DIY Weekend!

    See you there!
    Miranda @ Mr. and Mrs. Winslett

    1. Thank you so much for the invite! Will link up!

  3. It turned out the desk. Hubby's office is going to be getting a makeover soon and this just might be the desk for him....thanks for sharing it!

    1. We have now made another desk for our other son's bedroom! I love how easy and how versatile this desk is to make! I highly recommend it!

  4. This is great! I love the extra storage on the sides. Way to utilize extra space :)

    1. It is definitely great to add storage too! We've now placed wire baskets there for our son to put books in! Love it!