Oh my goodness everyone, this DIY rustic wood desk top is totally bringing my office together! It’s so stinking pretty and the colour – oh, I nailed the stain on this one. It’s TO DIE FOR. So pretty. If you want to check a progress update on the office, head to Week 5 of the One Room Challenge. If you’re reading this after November 18, 2021, go hunt around on my blog for the FINAL reveal – if you’re reading this before then, follow along on Instagram to see the progress I’m making on my office!
If you’re here to learn about how to make your own DIY rustic desk top, that gives off restoration hardware vibes, by the way, you’re in the right place. I am also pleased to report that this was as easy as I thought it would be. You know in DIYs you have those moments where you’re frustrated beyond belief – I did not have that with my DIY rustic desk top. It could not have gone smoother. I will say that probably all of that has to do with the fact that Kreg gifted me this pocket hole jig which effectively did all of the work for me. So, if you’re following this tutorial, you NEED the pocket hole jig no questions asked.
If you’re here to see more of the office space, start here.
How to make a DIY rustic wood desk top
As with anything, you need to measure this to your space. I will provide you with my measurements below, however, this would be custom to your space and how you want to finish the top (is it built in? is it an independent desk? if it’s an independent desk, you can blend these this tutorial along with this one – but modifications will be necessary).
Here’s what you need to make a DIY Restoration Hardware inspired desk top:
- Three 1x8x10 common boards (mine is pine)
- One 1x2x10 board
- 2 1/2 inch Pocket hole screws
- Pocket hole jig
- Mitre Saw
- Circular saw
- Kreg straight edge guide
- Wood Glue
- Saw dust (yep, save your saw dust)
- Sander + 100 grit and 220 grit
- Stain – I used Varathane flagship and briarsmoke and a matte finish
- Nail gun and 1.5 inch nails
- Scrap wood at 1 inches (really 3/4″)
How to Make A DIY Restoration Inspired Rustic Desk Top
- Using your mitre saw, cut your 10 ft common boards to length (in my case it was 114 inches).
- Set up your rip guide with your circular saw and cut off 2 1/8 inches off of one of your 1x8x10 common boards (this gets you to your desired desk depth)
- Take you’re pieces to your desk area and measure them to make sure they fit properly. if you have any additional cuts to make (I had to go around my shiplap so I used a jigsaw for that), make those now.
- Set up your pocket hole jig and every foot or so, add a pocket hole to one of your boards. I marked the sides I wanted to be the top (and obviously then pocket hole’d the bottom). I added pocket holes to two boards.
- Line up your first two boards (pocket holes facing away from one another so you can still secure that last hole!). As you’re getting ready to screw with your drill, add a clamp to the first pocket hole. This is CRITICAL. it straightens out your boards and levels them. Repeat until all of your pocket holes are screwed. Repeat with the other board/piece so all three pieces are connected.
- Flip your board over and run some wood glue along the seams. Take your sawdust and rub it in with the wood glue. Let it dry.
- Take your 100 grit sandpaper/sander and sand the top. Try to get off the excess glue that isn’t filling the cracks. Re-sand with 220 grit. Wipe clean with a tack cloth.
- Take a paintbrush and stain your desk top. To acheive this colour, first apply flagstone, and then wipe it off after 1-2 minutes. Then apply Briarsmoke, and wipe it off after 30 seconds – 1 minute.
- However you’re affixing it, take your scrap wood and place it underneath your desk top in key locations (corners).
- Take your 1x2x10 board that’s been cut to size and nail it to the front of your desk top. Fill those holes, sand, and then stain this too.
- That’s it! You have a stunning desk top!!! I would affix this via the bottom to keep the top seamless. If you need it attached to something.