Since buying our house, almost 5 years ago, we have wanted a desk for our second bedroom. Something long-ish, but on the shallow side to house a new desktop computer. Surfing the internet here and there and looking around in stores never yielded anything I loved. So, as it goes in my life I just continued to put it off…until now.
Luckily, Mike is super handy and we have enjoyed doing many DIY projects together on the house. We completely gutted our kitchen and bathroom to the studs and re-did them ourselves…with help from some wonderful family and friends of course! With this experience under our belt and knowing what we wanted in a guest room desk, it made the most sense just to make one ourselves.
We did some research online having no experience in making furniture and came across a gem – the lovely ladies at Shanty 2 Chic. They have a wonderful array of plans on making your own furniture that are easy to follow and complete with shopping lists. Luckily Mike and I have a lot of our own tools, so trying out one of their desk designs made perfect sense. Here are the plans from Shanty 2 Chic that we followed, 100% credit for design goes to Ashley and Whitney…thanks ladies!
Here is a little photo catalog from start to finish on our journey to a desk! Once we have it set up and styled in our guest room I will be sure to share some pictures! 🙂
All the wood cut and ready to begin!
My handsome helper using the Kreg Jig to drill some pocket holes. This it such a wonderful product, I highly recommend it! We purchased it specifically for this project as we did not have one. We went for the more “beginner” kit compared to what Ashley and Whitney from Shanty 2 Chic use in their blog post about this desk. Personally, I feel it worked fine for what we needed here – but if Mike and I continue to build furniture we will likely upgrade. Also, our Irwin Clamps (that we have had and used forever) worked great for this. You definitely need a clamp but I don’t think you need to buy the Kreg clamp if you already have something else.
The desk top is complete!
Cleats installed and desk legs started – almost ready to put this thing together!
Who ever said tortoiseshell Warby Parker sunnies don’t go with manual labor? 🙂 #badhairday
Desk constructed, sanded and on to staining. We chose a dark grey-ish blue color – Here. Please excuse my HORRENDOUS staining outfit, but I tend to spill things on myself so I went with something I wouldn’t be sad to throw away 🙂
Now all we need is a finishing coat of polyurethane on the desk top and we are good to go!
I am happy with how it turned out and excited to get it set up in our second bedroom.
Let me know what you think!