"This DIY Sawhorse Desk is giving me all the modern feels."
I always love a good desk, so I am super excited to share this new desk I recently built. It's giving me so many good vibes. I have always loved the sawhorse desk trend, but never had the chance to build one, so of course I had to put a fun spin on it, and I am so excited with how it turned out.
What I really love about this design are the desk legs; Im so in love with this design I can't contain my excitement. If you're looking for a fun desk to spruce up your craft room, look no more! I think you've found the one.
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- 1 - 2x4x8
- 8 - 2x2x6
- 3/4" piece of plywood
- 2 1/2 Pocket Hole Screws
- Wood Glue
- 2" Brad Nails
- Black Spray Paint
- Contact Paper
- 3M Adhesive Spray
* See Detailed Plans for Cut List
Step 1: Create Sawhorse Desk Frame
First I started off with the sawhorse desk frame. You may need to plane don your 2x4 to make sure its nice and straight. Then I used my handy dandy Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes into the sawhorse legs.
I then attached the legs to the sawhorse using my impact drill and pocket hole screws. I made sure to add four legs to each sawhorse.
To make sure the legs sit straight on the floor, I had to make sure to angle the top and bottom of the legs. Once the legs were attached. I used my right Kreg Clamps to help add in the side pieces.
Step 2: Attach Middle Sawhorse Supports
Once I got the frame all assembled, I began adding in the middle supports. I attached them to the outer frame using pocket hole screws and used my right angle clamp here again to hold it into place while I drilled in the pocket hole screws.
I added supports to both the top and bottom side supports. I made sure to use a lot of wood glue on the places where I was joined the wood together to make sure the desk has extra strength. You can never have enough wood glue!
Step 3: Attach Decorative Trim
Once the middle supports were all in, I began adding the decorative trim. I used brad nails and wood screws to make sure the supports were secured to the middle supports.
I really love how the trim add a decorative feel to the sawhorse legs. I think it gives it a modern, playful feel. I've seen a lot of sawhorse desk designs, but not one quite like this one.
Step 4: Prep and Paint Sawhorse Desk
I opted to go with all black for the legs because I wanted a more modern feel and Im so glad I did. For this particular project, I wanted to try out this COLORSHOT Spray Paint so I decided to coat the legs with it.
It did give it a good coat, but it took quite a bit of spray paint for the legs to look completely black. Next time, I think I may try painting it with a white primer first, but it still would likely equal the same amount of paint.
Another alternative could be using interior paint and a spray painter, either way there are many options to achieve this look, so are your pick.
Step 5: Apply Contact Paper
For the desk top, I wanted the look of marble but the easy way, so I decided to add contact Paper to the top. Once I cut out the desk top, I started adding the contact paper to the desktop. One of these rolls covered the desk but I had to cut the last row in half for it to fit.
If you want the second row to be completely seamless, you will likely need to get two of these contact paper rolls. I also decided to add a little 3M Adhesive to the sides for more stick. The adhesive is great on the top of the desk, but the adhesive allowed the contact paper to hold on to the sides a lot better than without.
This contact paper was a super easy way to give a modern marble feel. Once the contact paper was set, I screwed a few screws through the legs to attach the desk and WAA-LAAH, here we have it, a modern DIY Sawhorse Desk.
I can't wait to see you guys tackle this project. Even better news, if you don't quite love this design, I've built a similar craft desk to this one! If you like the alternative below, you can check that one out here.
But before you go, let's take one last look at this design!
As always, thanks for reading guys, XOXO Ashley.