DIY 6 Board Farmhouse Desk

We are back with round 3 of our Alvarez Series!  They are our good friends who also happen to be our producers.  They recently moved to this area and purchased an outdated ranch house, and have spent the last several months turning it into a glam farmhouse.  They have done an amazing job, and now we get to go in and build them lots of furniture!  YEAH 😉  Lauren needed a small writing desk for her butler’s pantry, so we came up with this $30 DIY farmhouse desk you can build with just 6 boards.  Check out the DIY 6 Board Farmhouse Desk Video HERE or below!

How cute is this desk??

DIY 6 Board Farmhouse Desk

DIY 6 Board Farmhouse Desk

Before we get started, be sure to download and print the FREE PLANS by clicking HERE!

And… Here are links to all the goodies!

Glu-Bot (You’re welcome… It’s amazing)

Fav Kreg Jig Model

Stain we used on this desk

Rug is from At Home Stores

Start by attaching the runner to two of your foot pieces. These are 2×4 boards that we ripped down to 3” wide. You don’t have to rip your boards down, but it will change the overall look of the desk. Attach the runner to both boards using wood glue and 2.5” pocket hole screws through the 1.5” pocket holes.  We used our Kreg K5 Jig for this part!



Next, attach the “I” you just made to the desk top. using wood glue and 2” Spax or wood screws. The desk top is a laminated pine board. I purchased a 16”wide board and cut the length to size using my miter saw.

Now attach both leg pieces. These attach to the “I” boards using wood glue and 2.5” pocket hole screws through the 1.5” pocket holes. These will line up flush with the outsides of the “I” piece and centered on them as well.

Attach the other two foot pieces next. These will attach to the legs using wood glue and 2.5” pocket hole screws through the 1.5” pocket holes. Make sure your pocket holes are facing the same direction on each leg because this will be the back of the desk that you won’t see, so there will be no need to fill these pocket holes.

Now attach the decorative 1×4 boards to each foot board. These will have a 30˚ angle on each end. Attach the boards to the foot pieces using wood glue and 1.5” Spax or wood screws.

Final step is attaching the decorative diagonal pieces. These are 1×3 boards. To get the exact measurement, hold the board in place and mark the exact cut. Then, set your miter saw to that cut. Attach the boards to the leg and foot boards using wood glue and 1.25” nails.


DIY 6 Board Farmhouse Desk – Paint, Stain, Style!

All finished! You can paint or stain yours to fit your style. One of the great things about this desk is how easy it is to customize in length. If you need it longer or shorter, just adjust the size of your runner and desk top and you’re done! Be sure to share pictures of your finished desk and use #shanty2chic so we can share!

And let’s look at it one more time!

DIY 6 Board Farmhouse Desk Tutorial



  1. Seannin Wallace on May 30, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Can u make the width of the desk top a little wider without changing the legs? If so.. what’s the max?

  2. Lauren on January 19, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    I tried to make this table today. Everything went great up until the crisscross leg decor. My mister saw only allows a 47 degree bevel cut and I needed a steeper angle for the boards to fit correctly. Is there any other way to achieve this?

  3. Evan C on April 23, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Just built mine! It was a gift for my wife and she loves it! Thanks for the plans, I have been making some things lately, without plans and I will take plans any day of the week! 🙂

  4. April on April 21, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Your plans don’t mention them in the Lisa but you also need 2” screws. Thanks for sharing, my table turned out perfect!

  5. Lynn on April 12, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    Any idea what color of stain this has been done in?

    • Caity on June 10, 2018 at 8:32 am

      Varathane Premium Fast Dry Wood Stain, Briarsmoke

  6. Abigail on April 8, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    I’m having a hard time figuring out the angles needed for the trim pieces. Do you have any further instructions or a tutorial video that would further explain? Thanks!

  7. Lay on April 4, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Do you have to rip the 2×4’s down to 3 inches?

  8. Josie on March 21, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    Thanks to my father who stated to me about this weblog, this webpage is really awesome.

  9. Juan on March 17, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Where do you get the project panels from?

    • Felicia on April 5, 2018 at 8:55 am

      I found them in the select wood section of Home depot on a shelf it will say laminated wood

  10. Danny on March 15, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Awesome Table. Thank you.

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