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Hidden Desk

  • October 2, 2017

Shanty 2 Chic
Shanty 2 Chic
Shanty 2 Chic
Shanty 2 Chic

Hey friends!  I am so excited with how this piece turned out!  I have always had to use my bedroom as a home office space too, and I wanted a desk that could hide lots of junk and house my printers, so I came up with this!  Look how cute it turned out!   Here is my DIY Sliding Barn Door Desk...

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      This desk uses hardwood plywood.  I chose to use birch for this.  You buy it at Home Depot in 4×8 sheets, and I had the guy there rip it down for me so I could get it in the car.  I make the cross cuts on my table saw at home.  I made the boxes for both sides first.  These are 3/4″ pocket holes I made using the Kreg Jig.  I started by attaching the bottom of the box to the inside of both side pieces using wood glue and 1.25″ pocket hole screws.

    2. Step: 2

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      Next, I added the supports that run on the top and back of the desk.  These are attached using 1.25″ pocket hole screws through the support boards and into the sides.  The pocket holes that run the length of the board need to face up.  These will be used to attach the top of the desk later.

    3. Step: 3

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      Next, I attached those together using the center support board on the back.   I made sure the pocket holes were all facing the back.

    4. Step: 4

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      I added the  face frame next.  This will run along the front of the desk that will hold the barn door hardware. I attached it by using 1.25″ pocket hole screws through the desk and into the top board.

    5. Step: 5

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      I trimmed out the bases next.  You can miter the corners, or keep them straight.  I attached all pieces using wood glue, my 18g brad nailer and 1.25″ brad nails.

    6. Step: 6

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      The door frames are next!  I built the rectangles for these using 1.25″ pocket hole screws. I decided to make the inside of the doors using faux tin.  I found it on amazon and you can see it HERE! At this point, I painted the tin with Rust-Oleum Chalked paint in Linen White. After it dried I used my corner cat sander to distress it just a bit. I attached the faux tin panels to 1/4″ wood panels with construction adhesive and then stapled those to the door frame!

    7. Step: 7

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      I stained the entire desk with Varathane Briarsmoke stain.   After that dried I started assembling the barn door hardware.  You can see our video of how to do this HERE. The only difference is that I used garage door pulleys instead.

    8. Step: 8

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      Here is the desk all finished up!  I LOVE how it turned out!

Comments (2)


  • Great build! The door-fronts are beautiful!
    By RYOBI Nation, on October 2, 2017

  • Is there a certain kreg jig that I should buy?
    By Jbreaux254, on April 21, 2018

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Hidden Desk

by Shanty 2 Chic
Oct 02, 2017
Medium c886ebe1 3631 49ca 8efc ef2c3d256df5

Hey friends!  I am so excited with how this piece turned out!  I have always had to use my bedroom as a home office space too, and I wanted a desk that could hide lots of junk and house my printers, so I came up with this!  Look how cute it turned out!   Here is my DIY Sliding Barn Door Desk...

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 2ec4f37d 0a33 4872 bafa 052e8b6804da

    This desk uses hardwood plywood.  I chose to use birch for this.  You buy it at Home Depot in 4×8 sheets, and I had the guy there rip it down for me so I could get it in the car.  I make the cross cuts on my table saw at home.  I made the boxes for both sides first.  These are 3/4″ pocket holes I made using the Kreg Jig.  I started by attaching the bottom of the box to the inside of both side pieces using wood glue and 1.25″ pocket hole screws.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 12fcd0e0 2531 4880 a23b 3afe58fa53f4

    Next, I added the supports that run on the top and back of the desk.  These are attached using 1.25″ pocket hole screws through the support boards and into the sides.  The pocket holes that run the length of the board need to face up.  These will be used to attach the top of the desk later.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 91660db9 506e 4098 9d4f bc1f38a15e94

    Next, I attached those together using the center support board on the back.   I made sure the pocket holes were all facing the back.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge e75f1e93 8c13 481c 8e04 68befde1d042

    I added the  face frame next.  This will run along the front of the desk that will hold the barn door hardware. I attached it by using 1.25″ pocket hole screws through the desk and into the top board.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 296f6de9 10d2 44cf 8687 f5b104280f8d

    I trimmed out the bases next.  You can miter the corners, or keep them straight.  I attached all pieces using wood glue, my 18g brad nailer and 1.25″ brad nails.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 4b5c1d71 2ad1 4a85 a226 21d5ee11eadf

    The door frames are next!  I built the rectangles for these using 1.25″ pocket hole screws. I decided to make the inside of the doors using faux tin.  I found it on amazon and you can see it HERE! At this point, I painted the tin with Rust-Oleum Chalked paint in Linen White. After it dried I used my corner cat sander to distress it just a bit. I attached the faux tin panels to 1/4″ wood panels with construction adhesive and then stapled those to the door frame!

  7. Step: 7
    Huge cc71aab3 33db 468a b82c a78d19fe6253

    I stained the entire desk with Varathane Briarsmoke stain.   After that dried I started assembling the barn door hardware.  You can see our video of how to do this HERE. The only difference is that I used garage door pulleys instead.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge d488853f fced 461a 985f 92b92a58a204

    Here is the desk all finished up!  I LOVE how it turned out!