"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. 

DIY Sawhorse Desk

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.

DIY Sawhorse Desk with Marble Contact Paper Top

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DIY Sawhorse Desk Plans

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Tools Used

    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.

    DIY Sawhorse Desk

    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.

    DIY Sawhorse Desk

    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.

    DIY Sawhorse Desk

    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!

    DIY Sawhorse Desk

    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.

    DIY Sawhorse Desk Legs

    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.

    DIY Sawhorse Desk

    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.

    Applying marble contact paper to wood

    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.

    Sawhorse Craft Desk

    But before you go, let's take one last look at this design!

    DIY Sawhorse Desk

    As always, thanks for reading guys, XOXO Ashley.

    May 17, 2020 — Ashley Basnight