Hello! I've been getting consistent emails and comments on older posts about my DIY craft desk. I thought it would be helpful to put together one complete post with all the details, to help those who'd like to consider this project.
BEFORE- $35 desk from Craigslist, sheet covered table.
Idea sketch of new desk design.
During assembly - I first put together the cube shelves and then attached them with 2 1x4" boards. This was to make it stable and not let the MDF top sag in the middle.
On the L side, I attached the legs and more 1x4s around the edges.
Painted and sealed - I attached the tops and then painted it and sealed with varnish.
It really didn't take much time at all, once I had it planned out and the parts purchased. Buying two $50 shelves from Target makes it about $150 total in price, so you can definitely find pre-made desks for that amount. However, they will not be nearly as large or with as much storage or as well-built (mostly will be the cheap laminate wood). Also, I absolutely loved the challenge of designing and building something this large all by myself, no help from my husband or anyone. It was completely worth the cost for that feeling of accomplishment!