Friday, October 4, 2013

DIY Homework Counter

diy homework counter with storage shelves

How I built basic cubby style shelves with a long counter on top to fit the space in this family's eating area for a perfect diy homework counter.

It's counter height at 37" to accommodate the stools and has tons of great surface area for homework and papers:

diy homework counter with storage shelves

 The space started empty at 6' long x 18" deep and I built the unit in 3 pieces to fit the dimensions:

diy homework counter before and after
homework counter with open storage shelves

homework counter with open shelves

homework counter before and after
homework counter built to fit

How to build a homework counter:

1. Start with the cubby shelf carcass:

plywood cubby shelf

2. Add 1x2 trim for a finished look.

3. For the counter top I added a 1x2 at the front edge:
(the counter is upside down in this picture)

trim on homework counter

4. Fill all nail holes, sand and check for fit:

natural wood homework counter

5. Prime Zinsser cover stain and two coats high gloss white enamel.

8 comments:

  1. Your homework counter looks great, perfect for that space too!

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  2. What an awesome little nook! Such a great use of that space. I really love the contrast of the white desk with the darker stained chairs-- very classy! I popped over from Home Stories A to Z. Thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

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  4. Great use of space, it fits so perfect! Looks great and so useful!

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  5. Fantastic way to use that space effectively. Visiting from Remodelaholic. :)
    - Yvonne @ Sunnyside Up-stairs

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  6. What a beautiful space! I would love to get some work done here! You've done a wonderful job!

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