Pottery Barn Inspired Channing Student Desk

Hey guys!  It’s no secret…I LOVE Pottery Barn furniture!  So, when my 8-year-old spotted a desk in the latest Pottery Barn Teen catalog and asked me to build something similar for him and I couldn’t resist!


I knew Ana White would have plans for something similar!

Here are a few pictures during the building process:

I started with Ana’s plans for her Channing Desk!

This is a picture of the underside of the top of the desk with the pocket holes drilled to attach the front and back trim.

I could not have built this desk with out the Kreg Jig and everytime I use it I fall more in love!!!

I used the Euro style drawer slides that Ana suggests for this drawer.  I was so intimidated of them but they were super easy to install (don’t read the directions just screw them onto the bottom edges of the drawer, slide the cabinet brackets on the drawer slides, then line them up inside the cabinet and mark where they need to be mounted.  The directions were overwhelming so I chunked them;)

I also used Ana”s plans for the hutch and it was super easy.  I used the Euro style hinges as well.  I have used these before and they are my favorite!!

 I used a dark walnut stain to finish this piece and I LOVE it!!

 Now for the before…

and the after!

I spent about 6-8 hours cutting and building and $140 in materials!  That’s over $400 in savings!  My son loves his new desk and is now working on us for the mini fridge….We’re sticking with the shelf for now;)

A huge thank you to Ana White for making this possible!  Her plans are AMAZING and FREE!

I’ll be back later to share the fun backing I did for this desk and the info on the accessories!



  1. rohit aggarwal on November 9, 2019 at 12:53 am

    thanks for the information

  2. [email protected] on January 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Wow You ROCK. I saw this on Knock off Decor and had to come see the details. The desk looks so amazing. I am sure it was hard work but it looks perfect.

  3. Leslie Rickenbaugh on January 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I LOVE IT EVEN BETTER THAT THE INSPIRATION PIECE!!!!!! I hope you don’t mind adding a link from my site for Everyone to see!!!

  4. Randi on January 14, 2012 at 4:34 am

    That looks just incredible … and I love the backing! What a great desk.

  5. [email protected] on January 14, 2012 at 4:02 am

    This is fabulous!!! I have yet to build anything. It seems so intimidating, but I’ll be back for more inspiration here 🙂

  6. Dana @ Cooking At Cafe D on January 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    It’s wonderful.
    I’d love to make a Hyde Dinning Room Table.
    ~ Dana

  7. Rochelle on January 11, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Oh my goodness! You did such an amazing job! I love love love yours more than the pottery barn version. I love me some Ana White too, now if I could just have money for all the tools I’d need I could build something too! Seriously though, great job!

  8. Jill Flory on January 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Very very cool. I love how you make things look so much like the expensively priced ones for so much less!

  9. Tonya @ Love of Family & Home on January 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Oh my goodness! You are so stinkin’ talent! I am so impressed! The desk turned out AWESOME!! I seriously need to get over my fear of power tools!!

  10. Adrienne on January 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    This is amazing, you are amazing! Can you tell us how you did the magnetic boards? Did you make them?

  11. Serena on January 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Just beautiful! I love the backing. So clever.

  12. Marie Cheek on January 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Great! I like the magnetic boards on the back too! And the stain turned out great!

  13. Katie on January 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! BTW, yours is waaaaay better than the Pottery Barn one. Didn’t really like the PB one, but when I scrolled down and saw yours I thought it was great! The stain you used really makes it! Great job once again!

  14. LC on January 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Wow, amazing work!! Do you have a background in building? I can paint and “refurbish” but I have not ventured into building yet, although its all I want to do!! You make it look like it can actually be done 🙂 Great work and inspiration!

  15. Bj on January 11, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I just have to say it. I LOVE yours better. Seriously, if I were in a store choosing I would choose yours. Great job!

  16. Heidi on January 11, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Awesome!! Very inspiring, now stop, I’m already inspired enough to build my son’s loft bed, I’m just still saving up for materials!!! 😉

  17. Catrin on January 11, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Wow… This is a great desk. I love the magentic boards in the back… Very cool and very useful…
    Thanks for sharing, you sure are very talented…
    Greetings from Germany

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