Desk for my little girl's room.

Submitted by kristyzed on Sun, 02/16/2014 - 14:01

I was very excited to make this for my daughter. I made the tops and shelves from MDF. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of buying construction-grade 2 x 2s, instead of select pine, as I didn't know there was a difference at the time. DON'T do this! The select pine looks much better, with crisper edges and cleaner lines.
The assembly was a bit tricky on my own, but I managed to get it done. I really like the general looks of this desk, but I made a few mistakes along the way so I'm probably going to build another, without the mistakes.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$120
Estimated Time Investment
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Type of Wood
MDF and Knotty Pine
Finish Used
I applied 2 coats of Valspar's Cloud White, which was perfect to match with our Plantation shutters and our trim. I then applied a coat of poly, sanded, and applied another coat of poly. Here is where I made another mistake. Please learn from this so you don't make the same one. I ignored the can of poly which states in BOLD to apply THIN coats, and after my two coats dried I was left with a yellow-tinged white colour. In the daylight it's quite obvious and I'm kicking myself for it. Make sure you apply thin coats! :)
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner