Built in Desk – Bennett’s Room

We added a built in desk to our son's bedroom using two scrap boards we found in our garage.

Hi everybody!  I am back today to share the built in desk we added to our oldest’s room.  If you have been following along you know that we gutted his room and have been slowly putting it back together.  To start the built in desk we had to first  close off the second doorway into the room.  The was no reason to have a doorway into the next bedroom so we closed it off because we need the wall space.

Bennett's Room - part 1 - The Plan / built in desk

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To build the desk we used some wood from the old portion of our house that had been removed with room/door alterations.  I just the love the character and texture the old wood brings.  For the desk top we used 2 – 2x10s which Jason screwed together using his Kreg Jig (Kreg R3 Jr. Pocket Hole Jig System).  The boards were almost 6 feet long so perfect for a desk!

DIY - built in desk- Boys bedroom

We used some old original 2x4s that were removed when we changed Bennett’s doorway.  We screwed these right to the wall and cut some smaller angled boards for some decoration.

DIY - built in desk- Boys bedroom

We used already primed pieces of wood from Home Depot for the built in shelves above the desk.

DIY - built in desk- Boys bedroom

We decided to paint the shelves white to brighten up the room with the Benjamin Moore Hale navy paint as the background and to match the built in shelves that were already here.

DIY - Come check out the built in desk we added to our son's bedroom

DIY - Come check out the built in desk we added to our son's bedroom

 

DIY - Come check out the built in desk we added to our son's bedroom

We added a library light (Canarm ICW299A01ORB10 Taylor 1-Bulb Wall Mount Track Light, Oil Rubbed Bronze) to the top of the shelves to brighten up the work space.

DIY - Come check out the built in desk we added to our son's bedroom

 

DIY - Come check out the built in desk we added to our son's bedroom

We added a cork board to the back of the desk so Ben could have a spot to hang pictures and artwork.

DIY - Come check out the built in desk we added to our son's bedroom

Amazon sells rolls of cork that we’ve used for various projects.  These work great for DIY large cork boards (Manton Natural Cork Roll 4′ x 3′ x 3/8″ – Thicker tacking surface).  You can see how we made a cork board with this here.

 

DIY - built in desk- Boys bedroom

I found the library chair on Craigslist for $40.

DIY - Come check out the built in desk we added to our son's bedroom

Bennett really wanted to have a chair that spins and wheeled around the room.  This chair does spin I put my foot down on the wheels:).  I didn’t think much homework would get done with him spinning around the room.

DIY - Come check out the built in desk we added to our son's bedroom

 

DIY - Come check out the built in desk we added to our son's bedroom

If you want to start from the beginning you can click here for the plan, here for the doorway change, and here for the bead board ceiling and I will be back next week to share the whole room.  Yay!

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  1. Very practical and pretty Tara. I like that you painted it white, it goes nicesly with your infamous Navy walls! I’m sure Bennett must be so happy to have a little space of his own, even if you don’t let him roll around. 😉

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to see Ben’s built in desk Mary! Ha, Yes, we definitely needed white to break up those navy walls:). He does really enjoy his new space whether he gets to roll around or not:). I hope you are having a great week and take care, Tara

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to see Ben’s built in desk Kristi! Yes, he’s pretty proud of his mug. He wanted to keep it with the kitchen mug collection but I was able to talk him into making it a pencil holder:). I hope you are having a great week. take care, Tara

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