A few months ago I realized that I would not only have a first grader doing homework but I would also have a Kindergartener who needed a homework space too. I wanted to create an area for my kids to do their homework without the distraction of the t.v. or toys. I also really wanted to stop using our kitchen table as a desk! I searched Pinterest to see what fabulous ideas other families had done. Most of them were out of my budget and above my skill level but I knew I could come up with something...and I wanted it to be easy and cheap.
Our house has a niche at the top of the stairs that I believe is supposed to have a built in desk. Since I couldn't afford a real built in, I decided to make a faux built in instead.
And here it is...
The double door cabinet is a computer desk we purchased from Cost Plus World Market about 8 years ago. I found two $20 bookshelves at Target. I placed the computer desk at the far right and the small bookshelves all the way to the left against the other wall of the niche. My husband went to the lumber store and bought a big piece of MDF. (Unfortunately he tore his bicep picking up this huge piece of wood....but that's a whole different story. And one I'll never get to live down.) After his trip to urgent care, my awesome (and injured) husband made two cuts on the MDF. He cut the depth so that the top would slightly hang over the computer desk. And he cut the length the exact length of the niche. Then he just placed the MDF right on top of the computer desk and bookshelves. It's wedged in between the walls really tightly too.
Here is a close up of the two bookshelves I picked up at Target (terrible photo, I know). They were in the closet organizing section.
This is a shot showing the left side so you can see the niche.
Next, I took the kids to Michaels and let them pick out scrapbook paper that they liked. They chose this greenish, blue paper because it has maps and birds on it. I tore the paper into a bunch of strips and pieces and Mod Podged the pieces right on top of the MDF. It's not exactly what I would have chosen but the kids like it and I wanted it to be a place they wanted to spend a lot of time.