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


Inspire Me Heather said...

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

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Very nice, Jaime! said...

Well done!

Abby Lawson said...

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 =)

Rhonda said...

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

Abby said...

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

Yvonne Urra-Bazain said...

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

For My Love Of said...

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