Hi guys!!

I hope you have all had a great week!

I am so excited to share my latest build with you guys.  I think this might be the final piece for my oldest son’s room, and I am in LOVE.  I might even steal it for my own room!

I wanted a desk that didn’t take up too much space, and that would also grow with him.  Restoration Hardware has the perfect desk!  The only problem is the $600 price tag.  Ouch!  That price is just a bit out of my shanty budget!

So… I hit up my sweet friend Ana White for some easy DIY plans to make my very own.  She delivered!  I was able to make a knock off version for just around $50!  Yah. That’s right! 50 bucks.

Here is how it turned out…

Sawhorse Desk

This is a super easy build! I will show you a few of my steps here, and you can see the full set of plans over at Ana’s site!

I did use my very favorite tool on this build…

Love my Kreg Jig®.  You don’t have to have one for this desk, BUT I would totally recommend it.  The Kreg Jig® makes the build much easier, and so much sturdier in the end.

Here are my pocket holes for my bottom shelf supports.

And here they are attached to my legs…

I did a straight cut for both of my shelves.

I decided to countersink my screws at the top of the legs.  I knew that the table top would cover them, and this seemed like the best route!

Here are the legs just before I added the top shelves.

For my table top I used this project panel from Lowe’s and I LOVE it!

I used Gorilla Glue Wood Glue on all of my joints, and I also use it to attach the legs to the top.

That is it!

To finish his desk I used my very favorite…

Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Dark Walnut

This stuff is great… Dries in less than an hour.  Just make sure you wipe it off within 5 minutes or so!

We get LOTS of questions on what we choose to protect our finishes with.

This is my favorite.  It really shows no brush strokes, and has a soft natural looking finish.

Rust-Oleum Ultimate Polyurethane with Soft Touch

You can find both of these at Lowe’s!!!

best polyurethane

That is it.  Such an easy build, and again… Did I mention it was only $50.  Wow. Makes me love it even more! 😉

Here are just a few more pics…

kids desk

DIY Wood Desk

DIY Kids Desk

Sawhorse Desk

Sawhorse Desk

DIY Wood Kids Desk

I love it!

Want to build the whole room of furniture?? I’ve got you covered 😉  You can click on any picture below…

Pottery Barn Inspired Dresser

Restoration Hardware Nightstand

DIY Bookcase

Pottery Barn Full Bed

And if you missed my Easy Art Storage yesterday you can see that too!

Art Supply Buckets

There you go!

That should keep you busy for a bit! 😉

Remember you can get the full set of plans over at Ana’s site for this great desk!

Thank you SO much for stopping by!  If you love this desk, I would LOVE some pins and shares below!

Thanks again!


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  1. Amazing! How cool is it that your son can say his mom built his entire bedroom? I wish my daughter could say that. The entire room and every piece in it looks just plain awesome.

  2. The room came together wonderfully! Now Chase can finally mess it up, now that the photo ops are over, LOL. I am curious about what your floor is, cork? finished concrete? I like the look.

    1. Yes Lisa… Constant mess! It is stained concrete. We had a friend do it when we built our house a few years ago. I love the look of it, but I would definitely hire a pro next time. I don’t like the finish he did/used at all and it seems to show scratches a lot. Other than that… LOVE it. I can paint on it and not worry about stains.

  3. Looks great, Whitney! Hubs and I are getting our brave on and we’re going to tackle building a kitchen island. Thanks for your inspiration!

    1. Hey Nif! How fun is that!!? I can’t wait to see pics when you get it all finished! And lucky you… You have a partner to work with you! Thanks for the sweet message, and link up some pics to FB when you get it all done!

  4. Very impressive. I’ve been watching this room come together, mostly through Pinterest. I am inspired! My husband and I plan to try to build something together soon.

    1. That’s awesome Leslie!! Thanks so much and good luck! I would love to see some pictures when you guys get finished! 🙂

  5. I already commented on facebook, but I just had to come and take another look, plus pin it 😉 This is def. gonna be on my to-do list!! Love your blog, great inspiration!!
    — Fotini { http://glamorousbride.blogspot.com }

  6. You’ve outdone yourself again, Whitney! This looks amazing! Did you build the chair too?

    1. Thank you Jen! You are sweet 😉 Well no… It was a $25 Ikea find that will be sharing later!

  7. Terrific! Great new plan, and it’s SO COOL that you have built a room full of furniture! You go, girl 😉