Simple DIY Desk!

As many of you know, I recently closed off a loft space to give my oldest daughter’s their own room.  I have finished lots in Hayden’s room, and now have turned my attention to Avery’s room.  She is my oldest… She’s 12 going on 18… Any of you feel me? 😉  She’s ready for an older girl room!

Several years ago I built them a desk from some old barstools I was planning to get rid of.   They have used it ever since and it really fits the space so well, so I decided it was time for a little revamp!  Here is how it turned out!

DIY Desk from Barstools

Teen Girl's Room


This is such a simple desk to build, and you can find the barstools super cheap HERE on Amazon!

Let me show you how easy this is!

I started by spray painting both of my barstools using one of my favorite Rust-Oleum products… Painter’s Touch in Heirloom White!  This can be found at the Home Depot.


While those were drying I stained trimmed the wood for the top of the desk.  On my original desk, I used a 20″ x 48″ project panel for the top.  This time I decided to use some Purebond Plywood I had left over from another project.  I just love the look of it stained so much!  I cut it the same dimensions and set it on top of the stools to trim it out.

Barstool Desk Tutorial

I used 1×3 pine to trim the desk top.  I love how this beefs it up a bit!  I did my sides first, so I had two 1 x 3 cut at 20″ long each.  I attached them using Gorilla wood glue and 1.25″ brad nails using my Ryobi Airstrike brad nailer.

After attaching the side pieces I did the front and back pieces.  I had two 1×3 cut at 49.5″ and I attached them the same way.  This is what the finished corners looked like…

Trim out barstool desk

My next step was staining the desk top.   I used a new color for this part.  It’s a Rust-Oleum stain called Summer Oak.

Rustoleum Wood Stain Summer Oak

I also added two other boards to the bottom bars.  These serve as a shelf.  I would suggest you guys measure this part yourself to get the best fit.  I stained these boards before attaching them to the barstool with wood glue and brad nails.

barstool for desk

My final step was adding a small piece of 1×3 to the front of each of my shelves to cover the rough edge of the plywood.  I also like that the thickness matched the thickness of my desk top.  I carried each stool and the desk top upstairs and then attached the top.  I decided to use wood screws through the bottom of the stool and into the desktop to attach mine.  Look how pretty the top looks stained!

desk top

I still have a ton of work to do in her room, but I’m happy to have this little part updated!  And for me, this was a free project!  I will say that if you choose to purchase the stools and wood for the top and shelves, you can easily build this for under $100, maybe cheaper!  That’s still a great price for a solid wood desk!

Here are a few more pics!

DIY Desk from Barstools

Teen Girl's Room

DIY Barstool Desk

Turn barstools into a desk

Barstool Desk DIY

What do you think??  I have one happy girl!  And I love that I didn’t spend a dime… Makes it so much cuter right?? 😉

Let me know if you have any questions at all!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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  1. on May 4, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    I built my own using the plans at www. – highly recommended you check those out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha


  2. James David Wagner on August 19, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    here is mine based on this idea 🙂

  3. astrollthrulife on July 27, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Love it, how fun and so perfect for this space.

  4. Fox and Finch on July 25, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Great idea for a space needing a desk that has a narrow depth. Making the rungs a shelf was a great idea. I just noticed that you have 77,000 Google followers. Maybe sometime you’ll write about how a feat like that is accomplished! That is incredible!

  5. Sushi Cue on July 25, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Love everything about it! Including those gorgeous mirrors. I “had” to be the one who asked Ü

  6. Val Frania on July 25, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Nice job. I love the two tone look and it’s even a bit industrial looking! I do love a good upcycle – more people should get creative and do the same. Besides, it gives you a one of a kind look, which just adds to it’s charm.

  7. Kate on July 25, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Looks awesome! Wonder if hubby would notice 2 missing bar stools? 3:-) heehee

  8. My Altered State on July 24, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Turned out amazing. Very creative 🙂

  9. Heidi on July 24, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Oh wow! I love that desk! So fun.

  10. Gillian Farber on July 24, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Great idea! I would love to try this out. Repurposing always makes me feel good, too!

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