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Good morning! Today I’m excited to show you how I made the desk for the girls’ playroom. They have been big into “needing a desk” ever since we made mine last year. I was so excited to be able to give them a space that made them feel fancy and productive. ; ) You know, it takes a lot of work to be a kid who doesn’t have homework yet.
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For this project you’ll need the following supplies:
Crates and Pallet 12″ forged steel shelf brackets
A 1×12 for the desk top
3 various sizes of 1″ wood planks for the wall part of the desk. I used 2 1×8’s and a 1×10.
wood stain a saw
When I got the idea to make a desk under the window I thought about how I could protect the wall from kicking and, lets be real, dirty feet. I thought it would look really cool to have a plank looking wall as the base of the desk. I wanted the wall color to show through and for the planks to be different widths.
I measured the width of the window and measured the space from the window sill to the baseboard. I ended up buying a 1×12 for the top, a 1×10 for the wall and 2 1×8’s for the back part as well.
I brought them home and cut them down to the width of the window. Then stained them with my favorite stain color.
I found the studs through the very sophisticated process of drilling a small hole into the wall where I thought there was a stud. If it was easy to drill..No stud. If it was harder to drill.. Stud. Now, this was only acceptable practice because I was going to be covering up the wall anyway. I didn’t have to make too many extra holes because once I found the first stud, the others were around 16” apart.
I made a pencil mark on the window trim where the studs were and drilled my first wall plank in flush with the bottom of the window trim.
I drilled pilot holes and then screwed in the bracket.
The horizontal part of the brackets have screw holes as well so once I put on the top piece, I used short screws to hold the desk top in place.
The brackets are perfect for this kind of project. They
are heavy duty and I love how they don’t have an angled support bar.
They’re low profile but also have such a pretty finish for places where
they’re displayed closer to eye level. I love the little part that
curves over the wood edge. It’s subtle and a pretty detail.
I saved the last plank of wood until the end because I had to make a cutout in the wood for the electrical outlet that’s there. I measured where it was and marked it out on the board.
I drilled holes in each corner of the box I drew and used the jigsaw to cut out the rectangle for the plug.
This doesn’t require skill. Just the bravery to do it yourself and the ability to draw/saw straight-ish lines. I promise.
Luckily, I did it in the right spot and was able to install the last board the same way I had done the others. I just pulled the outlet a little further out from the wall and screwed it into the wood instead of the box it was originally in. No rewiring or anything.
The color doesn’t match exactly but I spray painted the plate cover and the little outlet covers brown so that they wouldn’t be as obvious on the wall.
The stools were second hand finds that I cut down to be table height. The girls love the desk. I catch them sitting there working quietly. They feel so special to have this little space that’s all theirs. Zee-ba lovie and all…