This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Elmer’s. All opinions are my own.
I have really been trying to finish up my kitchen/dining area before the holidays come swooping in out of nowhere! So far I have finally finished the kitchen and fixed my awkward corner. I’m still working on getting some stuff up on the walls, but today I’m here to share with you this other little space in the dining room. I honestly toyed with adding some kind of cabinet storage here since my kitchen isn’t exactly huge, but it just didn’t feel right to me. I finally decided I needed a little place to work. I’m always at the kitchen table with my laptop and having to move it out of the way for meals and I just liked the idea of having a little command center right here at the hub of our home!
Because of where this space is a bulky piece of furniture just wouldn’t work right next to the doorway. It needed to be something small and airy that wouldn’t feel like you were closing in on the doorway. After much thought and idea searching I decided on building this simple DIY Farmhouse Writing Table. It’s very small, but perfect to sit at with my laptop and a cup of coffee.
This is an easy build so no worries if you are new to woodworking, you can do it! : )
– (4) Stair Spindles
– (3) 1×3 @ 8′
– (1) 1×4 @ 8′
– Miter Saw
– Finish Nail Gun
– Elmer’s Wood Glue Max
– Kreg Jig
– 1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
– (2) 1×4’s @ 11″
– (2) 1×4’s @ 27 1/2″
– (4) Spindles @ 29 1/2″
– (6) 1×3’s @ 32″
DIY Farmhouse Writing Table Free Plans
First you need to trim down your stair spindles. I trimmed the majority off the bottom sot hat it looked like feet rather than a large rectangle at the bottom, then I took off an excess from the top to obtain the 29 1/2″ length.
Step 1: Once you have your spindles cut and ready to go we can start building. Add your pocket holes to each end of your 1×4’s. Attach 1 spindle to each end of your 11″ board. Make sure to recess the board back so that it is flush with the back side of the spindle. This gives you the recessed look in the front. This is the inside view of the sides. Build two of these sides.
Step 2: Add the 27 1/2″ 1×4’s between the legs in both the front and back using pocket holes. Make sure to keep these recessed to the back side of the spindle as well.
Step 3: With your Elmer’s wood glue and finish nailer, attach the 1×3’s on the top of your base. Make sure to center it over the legs so your overhang is even around all edges.
Now all that’s left is to sand and finish the table. I will be sharing a tutorial of how I finished mine in a few days!
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I am in love. Such a cute little nook for writing thank you notes or a to-do list. Love it Ashley!
Love the table. Thanks to your great instructions I actually think I could build this myself! It looks great.
[email protected] Interior Frugalista says
You guys rock the power tools! Love this and pinning for future inspiration. Thanks!
This is so great! Love that you made this…I swear at first sight I thought it was vintage. Gorgeous job..pinned!
You are seriously amazing! Every time I see one of your projects, I’m in awe. :)
I have built this table and it came out beautifully. I searched for your website to find plan and so glad i found it again! I will be building it again, yet this time a bit bigger. Thanks again for the great plan!!!
Katie @ Upcycled Treasures says
This was pretty much love at first sight and I love that you custom built it yourself!
I love this! Thanks for sharing the instructions on how to make our own. i want to do it! I love the lamp and letter holder that’s hanging. Do you mind sharing where those items came from? Thanks so much! Love your blog!
Ana White Admin says
Such a nice farmhouse desk! Featured today on Ana-White.com. Keep up the great plans!
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Your table looks so awesome. I love the rich looking finish.
Caitlin @ The Deilghted Dwelling says
I love this table!!! Thanks for sharing!!
What color paint, or stain did you use? Thanks
Great build! I love it! Could you please update this post to show a picture of what the legs look like at the bottom (the “feet” you created)? Thanks!
Would you mind sharing the paint color on your walls? Thanks so much!
Hi Kim, the color is Palladian Blue from Benjamin Moore. : ) I LOVE it!
Love the rustic appeal of the desk. May try it myself one day if I can figure out how to paint it like that.
Ed Greenberg says
I note that the frame of the table (attached to the legs) appears to be squared and milled, while the top still retains rounded edges like framing lumber. What sort of wood was actually used and how was it prepared before assembly?
Would you mind shareing the color finish on this desk?
Hi Brittney, I actually did a whole post on how I did this finish : ) You can find it here: https://cherishedbliss.com/how-to-get-a-farmhouse-style-finish/ Thanks for stopping by!!
Celeste | The Whole Serving says
I’m a wanta be carpenter, I would love to be able to create the way you do. My daughter who is a very creative type has an interest in it. I may give it a try one day, but for mow I will stick to cooking and sewing.
Kristin @Postbox Designs says
I’m actually working on a DIY farmhouse inspired homework desk for my kids so I was THRILLED to come across your tutorial…it’s lovely! Thank-you!
Aaron Cuyler says
What sort of nails did you use for the top pieces?
Your farmhouse table turned out great and I love the stain color. I love for you to share at a link party I am co-hosting. Hope to see you there. http://diy180site.blogspot.com/2016/07/dishing-it-and-digging-it-link-party-107.html
I love the finish on this writing desk. It is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!
Great working corner!
Would you mind sharing source of your wall files? Thank you
This project is absolutely fabulous. My hubby and I will be giving it a try. Thanks!
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I really like the final look of this table. I am thinking of building the same, but a little smaller so I can keep my keys and other small items. I need to get some good lumber first though.
Wow, this table looks perfect, really antique and unique. I hope that I will be able to do something similar thanks to your article. Do you have any other articles on creating such furniture? It would be interesting to see this.
Jessica Frost says
Hello Ashley! Thank you very much for always great ideas!
It is very important to have a comfortable and cozy working place! And the process of creation – adorable! Thanks for sharing!
This design looks simple and smart. How it would look when a small drawer with this table?
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