Introduction: DIY Modern Farmhouse Desk

About: Hi guys! Miranda here from Tinsel & Wheat ~ wife, mama, shebuilder, DIY'er and wearer of many other "hats"... who can relate!? Come see all of my latest projects at

Today I am sharing how I built my new modern farmhouse office desk!


This was my first time piecing wood together for a table top and I have realized how much I NEED larger clamps!! I was resourceful and basically made wood clamps, but it was a bit of a process.

I also need to replace my circular saw blade. You can see the burn marks along the edges of some of my pieces and I believe it’s because my blade is dull. This was also my first experience creating drawers and it did test my patience a bit. There may have been some words said. Sorry neighbors! OOPS! I need to be more precise in my assembly and this process will go more smoothly next time. Instead of sliding track hardware, I decided to create wood sliding tracks. This was simply to save $$$, and they function wonderfully, so I’m happy with that decision.


For this project, I wanted to only build with reclaimed materials so I hit up my local Habitat For Humanity Restore. It took a few days of going and exploring before this pile of beautiful hickory treasure appeared in the lumber section! I ended up needing to go back for more as my project evolved.

I ended up spending about $50 for all of the lumber I used for this desk!!! I also wanted to incorporate some spindles I found as well! These were $2 each and I love the farmhouse vibe it gives this desk.

I share more pictures and details on my blog Tinsel + Wheat .

Step 1: Build Desk Top

Using my saw as well as wood glue and clamps, I cut and assembled the hickory wood pieces to create a desktop that measures 54"x22".

Step 2: Assemble Desk Frame

I used my Kreg jig, power drill, glue and wood screws to assemble my frame. I decided to utilize pegboard for the sides of my desk to make use of more recycled materials and maximize function.

My frame measurements:

54"L x 20.25"W x 29"H

Step 3: Create Drawers

Each drawer casing measures 11"wide x 18.5" deep.

I used scrap wood to create my sliders and painted the bottoms of each of my drawers in alternating colors of aqua and stormy gray-blue.

Once drawers were complete I added apothecary pulls that I can personalize for added organization.

Step 4: Paint and Seal

I decided to seal the hickory woods natural beauty with Varathane Poly.

The white sections I painted with white latex paint and the stool and pegboard sides were painted with an aqua mis-tint latex paint. Both purchased from my local Restore.

Thanks for taking the time to view my modern farmhouse desk!

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