Tuesday, July 23, 2013

"S" is for Schoolhouse Desk

Build: schoolhouse desks

I teamed up with Ana White again to transform what was an empty space into a complete kids workspace.  She designed beautiful plans for the schoolhouse desk and I got busy building desks for my kids.
A few days later we added the wall hutches too:

We recently moved to a new home and I quickly realized, after unpacking the kitchen and bedrooms, I better get my kids a workspace fast if I want to keep them out of my hair and get anything done!

Ana's schoolhouse desk plans were inspired by the Pottery Barn schoolhouse desk.  The plans are fairly simple but more importantly affordable, one desk will cost about $70 if you use all birch plywood.

And the inspiration:

For the desk top surface I choose to repurpose 3/4" pine boards from an old Ikea computer cabinet I had taken apart.  The contrast between the stained wood, white paint, dark hardware and bluestone floor is so yummy!

I also made the desk surface 20" deep giving my kids a larger workspace.  Simply pull the schoolhouse base away from the wall about 3" keeping a 1" overhang on the front edge:

I added a ledge above the desk surface, it provides the perfect spot to hold art supplies and keeps the desk surface free and clear.

The drawer and door hardware is from D.Lawless, antique copper cup pull with label holder:

I used basic Euro hinges on the doors:

And added a flat 3/4" x 1/2" piece of molding opposite the hinges in order to stop the door flush:

The drawers are the perfect size for kids, not too deep but still hold a lot of tools and supplies:

A huge that you to Ana White for designing these plans, my kids are truly over the moon with their new workspace.  It's functional, spacious, designated and beautiful - I owe it all to Ana for coming up with the idea for the space.

Here's how to build the schoolhouse desk:

1. Follow Ana's schoolhouse desk plans for cut and build specs:

2. Prime and paint, two coats high gloss white enamel:

3. Install a 1x4 ledge above the chair rail to hold art supplies.
Keeping in the mind the built in storage cabinet door clearance:

And notch out for the hinge:

4. Simply apply construction adhesive and nail into place.
Prime and paint to match base paneling.

I'm linking up to:
SAS @ Funky Junk
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
That DIY Showoff @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
The Scoop @ Lolly Jane
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

WOW! that is awesome! and i love teh pop of yellow in the chairs!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

It looks fabulous, Jaime! I really like the color of the chairs too.

Jenny Piirto said...

I love this! What a great grouping of desks. And your resource for the drawer pulls is priceless, thanks!

Jenny said...

I loooooove this! Perfect for your space, and so eye-catching and inspiring! I have school on the brain with it coming up so quickly! Well done!

Chantelle - ThousandSquareFeet said...

This is more timely than you know as I hope to start on my schoolroom this week! Big question for you: what is measurement of the space the chairs sit in? Or, what is the measurement of the space from the cabinet side to the support leg? We are trying to figure out some dimensions here and this info would be most helpful. Ana hasn't given specifics in her plan! Thanks SO much!

Camille said...

I love your desks! Can I ask where you got the tins on the shelf above? I just finished a pegboard wall for a creative space and am looking for tins just like those!


Korrie@RedHenHome said...

What a great use of that space! Should expect straight A's for sure this year ;-)

Inspire Me Heather said...

Wow Jaime - that turned out beautiful and that's exactly what I want for our new office, thank you so much!!!

Lawless Hardware said...

Thanks for the link! The project looks great! So glad our hardware was useful!

Hopping Along said...

These look awesome Jaime!!

DaiseyJayne.com said...

I'll bet your kids can't resist their new work space! These look beautiful and you did another amazing job :)

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

These are amazing! And I totally love the stained tops.

Leslie Stewart said...

So cute! I'd like to invite you to share them at my Twirl & Take a Bow Party at www.houseontheway.com.
Have a great week.

creatingabeautifullife.net said...

What a great work space! I especially love the ledge over the desk. I'm visiting from the 36th Avenue link party.

Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

Kayla Janachovsky said...

Great work!

Roeshel said...

Awesome! You are so talented...I'd have purchased some filing cabinets and topped them off. lol This is gorgeous!