How to build a schoolhouse style desk. 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 I 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 1×4 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.