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Kids Desk and Cubby Shelves


Built these for a friend's daughter as a birthday surprise. The cubby shelves are made from MDF and provide storage and organization space. The desk is made from plywood and a laminate top. The desk uses collapsible shelf brackets so it can be dropped down when not in use.

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Comments (7)

  • What a great use of space! Form and function at its finest!

    By RYOBI Nation
    • Thanks, it was a fun project in that we were able to build it the fit the layout of the room.

      By grover959

  • Excellent work! What paint and process did you use? I always end up with stickiness when I paint surfaces like this.

    By mjjones
    • Thanks. I applied Zinsser 123 stain block / primer to the MDF with a foam roller and once dry, lightly sanded before painting. I then used a general purpose paint (Rustloeum Painters Touch) in gloss. For small projects I've had good success applying paint on MDF projects with a foam roller. For big projects I use an HLVP sprayer, it cuts my painting time in half and provides a crystal clear finish without brush or roller marks. With my particular HVLP sprayer I have to slightly thin latex paint but many of the newer sprayers can spray without thinning. For projects that have a lot of hand contact, I apply a couple thin coats of clear coat (Polycrylic) for additional protection. I really like using an HVLP sprayer to apply Polycrylic because it's super easy to spray and cleanup. I've used the same technique when applying a protective clear coat to kitchen cabinets after painting them and they're held up really well. Good luck on your projects.

      By grover959

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