Last week school started around these parts. I was super bummed because I felt like this summer went by TOO fast! I miss having all the kiddos home and the weather still feels like summer! So with school starting, I decided to get my second back-to-school project under-way: a desk for the boy’s room! I built a small desk from a kitchen cabinet face for my pre-school aged daughter HERE and we got a beautiful desk for our master bedroom HERE, so the boys were definitely deserving.
I saw a desk very similar to this one on Overstock, but decided to make my version of it. I think I spent a total of $50, not including cost of pulls on materials for this build!
This desk is exactly 3 feet across but the drawer is larger and it has the little bookshelf by the feet, so the size is PERFECT for a small space like a dorm-room!
I’m really into the ‘X’ themed furniture lately and there is more coming!
The stain is mostly the Weathered Gray stain by Rustoleum, but it was just a tad too gray for me so I dipped the same rag that had the the gray stain on it, into a bit of Special Walnut stain by Minwax and rubbed it right on top. It added just the hint of warmth back to the wood.
I’m so proud of the desk mostly because it includes my first EVER drawer! I’m not a huge fan of metal glides, so I created my own wood glides for this, based on the same design that all the antique dressers that I have been refinishing for years, have. The silver cup pulls are from Lowe’s.
When I was setting the desk up in the boy’s room, I just got the Land of Nod catalog in the mail with all their back-to-school desks. So I actually studied their styling for a bit and was really digging how they made things looked a bit lived-in and almost messy, but in a beautiful way. So the styling I did for the desk is actually how it looks and is more real-life than a typical staged furniture makeover I have done in the past.
I also love the airy-ness of this desk and how visually ‘light’ it is for this small room, especially compared to the navy bookcase that was there before. I moved the bookcase into the closet and now the boys have a quiet place do to homework!
Detailed step-by-step instructions are over on eHow