How to Make a DIY workbench

This DIY workbench for boys tutorial can be completed in one afternoon and for less than $50!

A couple of years ago I found a tiny vanity-thingy at an antique shop for less than $10 and I bought it. Now, I go antique-ing almost as often as we elect a new president (which, I wish was far more often with regards to both of these activities), so to find something this awesome was a huge score. I had been on the hunt for a kitchen set for my two boys, and with nothing decent was popping up for less than $100, I started to consider the wild notion of making one myself.

So I did.

I spray painted this tiny vanity-thingy white. Embellished with red and black accents. Drew a stovetop range and oven timer with these fancy, little paint pens. And I waited for the magic to begin.

DIY play kitchen

And then I waited a little longer.

And then, for good measure, I waited a little bit more.

Eventually the boys learned to play with the kitchen, but when the novelty of playing restaurant wore off, I watched our lonely little kitchen set begin to collect a thin (okay, I’ll be honest) a thick layer of dust.

So one Saturday, as I was contemplating cleaning the cobwebs out from underneath the shelving or throwing the whole thing in the Goodwill pile, it hit me – it wasn’t time to retire the best antique score in my lifetime, it was time to revive it!

DIY Kids' Workbench tutorial


Enter – the DIYworkbench for boys. (Can you guys make some trumpeting noises for me? Because I feel like that would really make this whole DIY workbench tutorial pop!) This was quite possibly the easiest DIY transformation ever. SO easy in fact, that my two boys (they’re 6 and 3) helped with the entire process. It was a fun family activity for us to do together and they were so proud of their handiwork when we were finished.

DIY Workbench for Boys:
How to make a DIY workbench

We headed to Home Depot and grabbed some supplies for our DIY workbench, which I literally came up with as we were walking down the aisles after church last week:

  • Three crummy paint brushes
  • Sandpaper
  • Small Command Hooks
  • Sharpie Paint Pens
  • Caution tape
  • Grey, black and red acrylic paint
  • Caution tape
  • A small, plain, wooden bin for scrap wood
  • The cheapest pencils, measuring tapes, work aprons and levels we could find (most were under $3!)

Then we broke in our work aprons and painted over the old kitchen.

how to make a DIY workbench

Then we added a few command hooks and the cheap-o-rama tools and voila! A DIY workbench Joanna Gaines would be proud of!

How to make your own kids workbench

children's workbench

DIY workbench for kids

kid's workbench tutorial

So there, you have it. “Bye-bye” kitchen and “Hello” workbench! We had such a great time working on this as a family and I can honestly say, we’ve logged a lot of imaginative play time since adding this to our playroom.