Wednesday, May 2, 2012

DIY Kids Desk with Multi-Color Drawers

kids desk playtable with multi color drawers

I worked with Ana White again, she drew up the plans for this kids play table / desk and I happily did the build.

kids desk playtable with multi color drawers

pottery barn brunswick table

Complete with two full drawers:

kids desk playtable with multi color drawers

And lots of fun colors on the drawer faces:

card catalog library drawer pulls

I happen to be a paint hoarder so I had all these colors on hand, below is a complete list of the brand and colors I used:

multi colored drawer fronts

1. Green: Delta Ceramcoat acrylic spring green
2. Orange: Glidden sunbaked orange
3. White: Behr swiss coffee
4. Yellow: Benjamin Moore sunshine
5. Red: Liquitex basics cadmium red
6. Blue: Benjamin Moore ocean breeze

I made this play table at standard table height of 30" since my kids are 4, 6, and 7 and clearly there is enough space for two kids to work side by side:

diy kids desk with fun drawers

Here's how I made the play table:

1. Using Ana's plans here cut the boards and construct.
I used pocket holes throughout and added the additional cross supports between the legs:

how to build a kids desk

2. Cut and prime your six faux drawer faces:

painting the drawer fronts

3. Paint two coats each color:
(See color listing above for details.)

painting the drawer fronts

4. Distress edges, stain Minwax early american, seal with spray poly clear satin:

painting the drawer fronts

5. Stain the body of the play table Minwax special walnut.
Drawers installed and ready for faces:

drawer boxes with no fronts

6. Line up faces and mark screw holes for pulls:

marking the drawer pull screw holes

7. Glue and nail faces behind where pull will be attached in order to hide nail holes:

nailing on the drawer fronts

8. Once all faces are on, pull out drawer, countersink and attach faces securely with 1 1/4" screws from inside drawer:

attaching drawer fronts from interior

9. For the pulls I had an old library card catalog piece from Freecycle:
(you should see this card catalog now!)

card catalog box

10. Remove 6 pulls and screws and clean with steel wool:

card catalog drawer pulls

11. Amazing what a little steel wool and elbow grease can do!

card catalog drawer pulls cleaned

12. Install clean pulls on drawer faces:
(See how nail heads are hidden behind the pull!)

card catalog drawer pulls installed

The colors look awesome all lined up next to each other:

diy kids desk

diy kids desk details

What kid wouldn't want to play here?  Or do their homework!

kids desk with multi color drawers

Thanks Ana as always.


  1. WOW! that is awesome! love the colors, the hardware... everything! you outdid yourself!

  2. Simply amazing. So cute and functional. Nice work!

  3. This is SO CUTE!! Great work, both of you!

  4. Oh I love it! Love the multicolored drawers. Way cute.

  5. THAT IS AMAZING. You did great. Looks better than the PB one.

  6. I love the charm of reused library pulls. I did not know about freecycle - can't wait to check out in my area.

  7. This is absolutely gorgeous! I am visiting you via the party at Somewhat Simple. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.

  8. Really cute. Love the fake drawer fronts. nice job.

  9. What a fun table for your kids!

    You totally had me fooled into thinking each colour was its own drawer! Love the hardware, too!

  10. So fun, Jamie! You did an amazing job!

  11. I can't believe what an amazing knock-off that is ... it looks JUST like the PB table! Awesome job!

  12. absolutely charming!

    come visit my blog anytime!


  13. Wow, so cool! You did an amazing job - I love it!

    I would love if you would post it and share it with my readers! Join the Community and share any of your creative project!

    Susan @ Oh My! Creative

  14. this looks amazing!! impressed with your hard work!

  15. Looks just like the original! Great work, really.

  16. Jamie,
    Just to let you know, I featured your wonderful project today. Pop on by and check it out {grab a featured button} and most importantly – have a wonderful weekend!

  17. This was such a great knock off! Wow! I am so impressed! Great job! {pinned it}
    xo Becca

  18. Your table looks beautiful Jaime - well done!!!

  19. Awesome table - love it. And yes I want to do homework there.
    ~Amy @ Permanent Kisses

  20. I was REEEEEALLY hoping you'd tell me where I could order some awesome antique-y library card catalogue drawer pulls... (sad face) Where'm I gonna get a card catalogue?? ;)

  21. I was REEEEEALLY hoping you'd tell me where I could order some awesome antique-y library card catalogue drawer pulls... (sad face) Where'm I gonna get a card catalogue?? ;)