With virtual learning looming (for who knows really how long but hopefully only 4 weeks) and the need for me to get my girls craft supplies OFF of my dining table, we finally took the leap and created their own desk and craft space!
I knew I wanted the desks to have a “built-in” look, so off to Pinterest I went. I considered doing some sort of IKEA hack and using some of their furniture and table tops to create something. However, I knew it would not actually be built in and wanted something a little more durable.
The Cabinet Bases
That’s when I found these AWESOME unfinished cabinets called Project Source from Lowe’s. I knew I planned to paint them white so I was able to save a ton of money by getting unfinished cabinets. They have all different sizes including upper cabinets and if you don’t want your desk space to be was deep you could even use upper cabinets as your base. Just keep in mind you will not have any drawers. You can find them HERE.
So I selected 3 lower cabinets (two 15″ and one 12″, both with one drawer on top). and spaced them out to make 2 desk spaces.
The Counter Tops
Once my lovely hubby leveled and anchored them to the wall for me, we had to figure out counter tops. Y’all…counter tops can be expensive and I didn’t want to do anything expensive that was going to get destroyed by crafts anyway. So, MDF to the rescue!
I selected one thicker piece of smooth MDF (which is why I used MDF over plywood, it is much smoother). Had it precut to the width we needed at Home Depot. Then we selected some square molding to put around the edge to make it look like a custom built in countertop.
Dusty attached the countertop with liquid nails and a nail-gun. I caulked all the seams and nail holes. Then it was time to paint!
Paint & Cabinet Handles/Pulls
I had Home Depot do a color match of Benjamin Moore “Chantilly Lace” in a semi-gloss for the cabinet paint color. Once everything was painted we finished it off with these fun brushed gold handles you can find HERE.
Shelves & Chalkboards/Accessories
I am obsessed with these floating shelves I found on Amazon. You can find them HERE. They come in a pack of 2 for $18.99, they’re real wood (each one with unique wood grain), and super easy to mount! The color I got is called “Carbonized Black” and they also come in a “weathered grey”.
Another great Amazon find were these adorable chalk boards! They are magnetic and come in a variety of frame colors and sizes. You can find them HERE. I got the 20″x30″ size in the Graywash but they also have white and a natural stain color.
This cutie little rainbow is from Amazon too! (#amazonislife) You can find that HERE. The push pin magnets I got are HERE and the liquid chalk markers are found HERE. Another lifesaver is these desk protectors which come in a multitude of colors, find them HERE.
Because we used base cabinets that are typically used in a kitchen, we had to purchase counter-height stools. I knew I wanted something easy to wipe off and with a back. THESE are the ones we chose! They come in a pack of 2 and they are less than $100/each!
Lastly, I thought it was fun to fill mason jars with markers, crayons, colored pencils, etc for some splashes of color!
I hope you love it! Let me know if any of you are building your own DIY desks!