DIY Kid's Workbench
Fall '22 One Room Challenge - Week 4: Kid's DIY Workbench
This DIY Kids Workbench was such a fun project for me. I am totally in love with how it turned out! My kids have enjoyed playing on it as well. I always grab the Home Depot Kid’s Workshop kits and the Lowe’s Kid’s Build and Grow kits and we’ve used our new play workbench to build a few of the kits that we have!
For the base of my DIY workbench I used a cabinet that my mom had and was getting rid of but you could us an unfinished, preassembled cabinet from Home Depot. My cabinet is 30″ x 17″ x 17″, so I would use an upper 30″ x 18″ x 12″ cabinet
There are several different parts that make up this DIY Kids Workbench as a whole so I’ve broken down my post into parts. Hopefully you can use this post to jump around to the section(s) you need.
Part One: Refinish/Finish Cabinet
Step 1: Remove Doors & Hardware
Start by removing the doors and hardware from the cabinet. I was able to easily remove my doors with my drill and then used a drill and screw driver to remove the door knobs.
Step 2: Clean the Cabinet
If you purchase a new cabinet you will be able to clean your cabinet by wiping it down with denatured alcohol. For me, I need to lightly sand my cabinet and then I wiped it down with denatured alcohol.
Step 3: Paint the Cabinet
Paint the exterior of cabinet, then paint both the front and backs of the doors. I painted my cabinet the color Homestead Blue by Fusion Mineral Paint.
Optional: Paint the interior of the cabinet. I painted the interior of my cabinet Sherwin Williams Light French Gray.
Part Two: Make the Countertop
Step 1: Cut Plywood to size
I cut my plywood to fit perfectly on the top of cabinet. I had planned to add a trim on the edge of the plywood to finish the edges. My top is 30″ x 17″.
If you are using the unfinished assembled cabinet from Home Depot you will need to add some 1″ x 6″ to the top of the cabinet to give your top a level place to set and be attached.
Step 2: Add Trim Edge
To cover any space between the top of the cabinet and the plywood I decided to add a trim edging. I used some trim that my sister had in her rafters, it measures 1″ x 1/4″. To make a clean corner, I cut the trim at a 45 degree angle. I attached the trim directly into the edge of the plywood using 1/2″ brad nails.
Step 3: Stain or Paint the Countertop
Part Three: Build Brace & Frame for the Pegboard
Step 1: Cut the Pegboard
I kept my pegboard at the 2 foot height and just cut down the length of the board. I wanted the pegboard to go the length of my countertop so I cut it down to 30 1/2″.
Step 2: Cut 1 x 2s
Cut 1 x 2’s to create the back brace for the pegboard. I cut one 1 x 2 at 29″ and then two at 40″. The shorter 1 x 2 will be used at the top of the pegboard. The other two will go down the sides and extend below the pegboard. These will be the support to attach the pegboard to the back of the cabinet.
Step 3: Glue 1 x 2's to back of the Pegboard
Part Four: Put it all Together!
Step 1: Attach Feet to the Cabinet
Since my cabinet with the countertop is 22 1/2 inches, I decided to just add some small feet. I used 2″ x 2″ boards cut at 1 1/2″ placed in each corner. To attach I used 1 5/8″ screws and drilled from the inside of the cabinet directly into the 2″ x 2″. This brought the finished height of my cabinet to 24 inches.
If using the 30″ x 18″ cabinet you could add 4″-6″ legs to the bottom to make the cabinet slightly taller for older kids.
Step 2: Attach the Countertop
To attach the countertop, I drilled from inside the cabinet through the top of the cabinet and into the plywood countertop I made.
Step 3: Attach Pegboard to the Cabinet
Using 1 5/8″ screws, I drilled through the long 1 x 2s and into the back of the cabinet. I put a screw towards the top of the cabinet and then towards the bottom of the 1 x 2s.
Step 4: Add Trim to Pegboard (Optional)
This is an optional step but I just loved the finishing look this added to the pegboard. I used 1 1/2″ x 1/4″ trim board and attached with gorilla tape. This was my first time using gorilla tape but it was very easy to use and created a very strong hold.
Step 5: Reattach Doors & Hardware
I used the same hardware that was on my cabinet doors to attach the doors to the cabinet. I did update the hardware pulls for the cabinet doors so I drilled new holes for the new pulls and attached. Then the DIY Kids Workbench was ready for tools!
Links for DIY Kid's Workbench
DIY Kids Workbench
- JigSaw or Circular Saw
- Miter Saw
- Paint Brush
- Paint Roller
- Cabinet 30" x18" x 12"
- Pegboard 2'x 4'
- Sanded Plywood 2'x 4'
- 2 1"x 2" x 8'
- Denatured Alcohol
- Wood Stain
- Polycrylic Finish
- Furniture Legs 4"-6"
- Gorilla Tape
- Pegboard Organizers
- 1 1/2" x1/4" Trim
- 1" x1/4" Trim
- Cabinet Pulls
Part One: Refinish/Finish Cabinet
- Remove Doors & Hardware
- Clean Cabinet
- Paint Cabinet
Part Two: Make Countertop
- Cut Sanded Plywood to Size
- Add Trim Edge
- Stain or Paint
Part Three: Build Pegboard Brace
- Cut Pegboard
- Cut 1 x 2s
- Glue 1 x 2s to Back of Pegboard
Part Four: Put it All Together!
- Attach Feet to Cabinet
- Attach Countertop
- Attach Pegboard to Cabinet
- Add Trim to Pegboard (optional)
- Reattach Doors & Hardware