Restoration Hardware DIY Desk

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!



  1. Jason on December 30, 2014 at 10:21 am

    For the cuts…what does all this mean…Both ends beveled at 10 degrees off square,ends are parallel to each other, long point to short point measurement…Both ends beveled at 10 degrees off square, ends are NOT parallel to each other, long point to long point measurement…

    • Shanty2Chic on December 30, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Hi Jason!
      Good questions!
      Beveled 10 degrees off square is the angle cut on your saw. A miter cut is a cut along the width of your bird (for example a picture frame). A bevel cut is a cut in the thickness (like the edge of a table top frame). If you have a compound miter saw, the bevel can be made by adjusting the top of the saw to 10 degrees. The miter is made by adjusting the bottom swing arm of the saw.
      Off square is just a reference to 0 degrees on your saw. So 10 degrees off square – set your saw to cut at 10 degrees.
      The long point to long point/short to long references is how you measure the length. For example: 12″ long point to long point – the measurement from the longest point on one end of the board to the longest point on the other end will be 12″.
      Not parallel the ends of the boards will look like this: / or / Cuts parallel the ends will look like this: / / or

      Hope this makes sense 🙂 it’s just a code to tell you how the boards will be cut.

    • Shanty2Chic on December 30, 2014 at 10:39 am

      And by “bird” I meant board 😉 typo…

  2. heidi on August 29, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Wow. This is so pretty! Looks much more expensive than it is.

  3. Erin Staniszeski on April 18, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Do you know the name of the paint color above the blue? Looks like cream not white. I like these two colors for my sons room.

  4. Nick on August 3, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Did you use furring strips or a nicer wood?

  5. Jamie Owen on September 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I am in the process of making this desk and I am just wondering if you could give me an update on how the top is holding up? Do you think if I put more coats of polyurethane it wouldnt leave marks on the top while writing?
    Your stuff is amazing!

    • Shanty2Chic on September 7, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Pine is a soft wood… I think if you are looking for no lines at all you would need to go with a harder wood. It’s pricier though!

  6. Tosha Denham Schiffli on September 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    What color is the blue on his wall?

    • Shanty2Chic on September 7, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      It’s a Valspar color called Blue Twilight!

  7. Anna Zhang on August 1, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    It’s very unique for the boy’s room. Probably i will put some beach decorations at my boy’s room as well. Love those art storages on the wall.

  8. Christine Long Hawley on July 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I love it! I just revamped my boys room and am looking for a lamp, where did you get yours?

  9. Lindsey O'Rourke on July 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I love the entire room!!! Fantastic job!!

    • Shanty2Chic on July 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks so much!! I appreciate it! 🙂

  10. LeeAnn Robinson on July 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    This room is over the top awesome!

    • Shanty2Chic on July 16, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      You are so sweet LeeAnn!! Thanks so much!! 😉

  11. Nampenda on July 15, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Beautiful desk! I Pinned your final project to my “DIY and Be Proud” Board.

    • Shanty2Chic on July 16, 2012 at 8:03 am

      That’s awesome!! Thanks so much!

  12. WendyB on July 14, 2012 at 7:28 am

    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.

    • Shanty2Chic on July 14, 2012 at 7:55 am

      Thank you so much Wendy! You are sweet ;-)!

  13. Lisa M Beck on July 14, 2012 at 6:59 am

    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.

    • Shanty2Chic on July 14, 2012 at 7:17 am

      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.

  14. Wendy Sutter on July 14, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Love EVERYTHING you do, Whitney!!! You are so talented and a constant inspiration!

  15. Jennifer Hogan on July 14, 2012 at 1:37 am

    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!

    • Shanty2Chic on July 14, 2012 at 6:00 am

      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!

  16. Leslie Cropp on July 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    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.

    • Shanty2Chic on July 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm

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

  17. Fotini Roman on July 13, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    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 { }

  18. Theresa Pennoyer on July 13, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Love your builds!!! Love love love this room! Thanks for sharing!

    • Shanty2Chic on July 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      Thank you sooo much Theresa!! 🙂

  19. Kelly @ Mom's Workbench on July 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Whitney, this is incredible!! Sooo amazing, thanks for sharing!!

    • Shanty2Chic on July 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      Thank you so much Kelly!! I appreciate it!! 😉

  20. Lisa Hamer on July 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I love it! You are so talented, and you make it look very easy…

    • Shanty2Chic on July 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Thank you Lisa!! It really is so easy with the right tools!

  21. on July 13, 2012 at 1:41 pm

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

    • Shanty2Chic on July 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm

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

      • on July 14, 2012 at 11:07 am

        Very nice! The desk looks so good with the grey chair. LOVE IT!

  22. [email protected] on July 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Wow! It is super cute. Love all the other things you made too.

  23. [email protected] on July 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm

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

    • Shanty2Chic on July 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks so much Korrie!! I appreciate it!! Now to another room… 😉

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