Friday, October 4, 2013

"H" is for Homework Counter

Build: homework counter

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 homework counter.

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

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

How to build a homework counter:

1. Start with the cubby shelf carcass:

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)

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

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

I'm linking up to:
SAS @ Funky Junk
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
That DIY Party @ 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


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

  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 =)

  3. Come visit us at
    We are having a party and it won’t be the same without your creativity!
    Craft Frenzy Friday!

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

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

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