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DIY Computer Monitor Stand and a $10 or Less Reader Project Challenge

I am so excited about today's post for a couple of reasons. One, my desk finally has a more functional work space and it's Power Tool Challenge day and this month we want to get our readers involved! The theme this month is to create something for $10 or less using at least one power tool. I made my handy DIY Computer Monitor Stand for FREE by repurposing part of an old footboard and two antique chair spindles.

DIY Computer Monitor Stand

How Build A Computer Monitor Stand With Scraps

DIY Computer Monitor Stand Materials

Materials List

  • Salvaged footboard 
  • 2 Antique Chair Spindles
  • 5/64 Pilot Hole Drill Bit
  • Countersink Drill Bit
  • Tape Measure
  • Wood Screws
  • Wood Filler
  • Painter's Tape
  • White and Black Chalk Paint

Power Tools Used

  • Miter Saw
  • Cordless Drill
  • Mouse Sander

Cutting the footboard to size

Fortunately, my salvaged footboard was leftover from a headboard bench and was a perfect size, so no cutting required. The dimensions are 11" x 30" x 1 1/2". Check your local home improvement store in their off cut lumber section to see if you can find a piece that would work. They can cut it to size for you if using a table saw is not your forte.

Cutting Chair Spindle Feet

DIY Monitor Stand with Chair Spindle Feet

Using a miter saw, the antique chair spindles were cut in half and then again at a height of 3 3/4-inches tall.

Building the stand

Eight steps to building a Computer Monitor Stand
  1. Find the center of the top of each spindle and mark with a pencil.
  2. On the top side of the footboard place a spindle on each corner and trace with a pencil.
  3. Find the center of the traced circle and mark with a pencil. Using a power drill with a 5/64 pilot hole drill bit, make a pilot hole on both the spindle and stand top.
  4. Switch the drill bit to a countersink bit. You want the head of the screw to be sunk below the surface of the top.
  5. Using wood screws start the screw through the top until it is peeking through underneath.
  6. Line up the pilot hole on the spindle and secure it in place with the drill. Repeat for all four feet.
  7. Fill in the holes with a non-shrinking wood filler.
  8. That's it, the monitor stand is assembled. The next step is adding the pretty!

Prepping and Painting the Monitor Stand

Painting stripes onto a DIY Computer Monitor Stand
  • Using a mouse sander (or sander of your choice) to smooth the finish on the top and sides of the top.
  • I painted two coats of white chalk paint on the entire monitor stand.
  • Using painter's tape create a stripe pattern.

Tip: Use pieces of tape in between each row to get straight lines (as seen in photo above). Run your finger along the edges of the tape for a tight seal to avoid paint bleed.

  • Using a 6-inch sponge roller apply two coats of black chalk paint.
  • Before the second coat dries, remove the painter's tape.

Tip: Slowly remove the tape by pulling at a 45-degree angle while the paint is still wet.

  • I distressed the stripes by sanding them with 220-grit sandpaper.
  • I applied clear wax using a clean lint free rag for added protection. 
Striped DIY Computer Monitor Stand

I am so thrilled to have my monitor and laptop screens at eye level with room to tuck the keyboard underneath when not in use. In dire need of additional functional space on my desk, working in my office is so much easier now. It's been a long time coming but thanks to the Power Tool Challenge this month, I finally had the motivation to build my DIY Computer Monitor Stand.

An easy DIY Computer Monitor Stand

If you like my Computer Monitor Stand and/or want to build one, please save it on Pinterest.

DIY Computer Monitor Stand for under $10
Now here is the fun part! I say it each month that the purpose of the Power Tool Challenge is to motivate, inspire, and encourage our female readers to build something using a power tool. This month we're providing HUGE motivation to get you building that something. How?

Reader Challenge Invitation

We want our readers to join us in building a project using at least one power tool. The motivation? There is an amazing Ryobi ONE+ 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit With Miter Saw 6-Tool Package up for grabs!

Reader Challenge with prize package

Giveaway Rules

We are inviting you to upload a picture of a project (maximum three projects) that YOU made using at least one power tool at a cost of $10 or less. It can be made from a free item (like mine was), reclaimed wood, or anything as long as the cost was $10 or less (including hardware). It can be a project you've already created or a new project.

Upload a photo of your project (maximum of three) in the link up below between October 27th through November 10th. Participants MUST be 18 years of age or older and reside in the U.S.A. Void where prohibited.

The members of the Power Tool Challenge Team will vote on the best project and that lucky person will receive this amazing prize package.

 Get busy! 

But WAIT, before you go, I urge you to check out what the talented gals on the Power Tool Challenge Team made for $10 or less...


Double Pedestal Scrap Wood Table by My Repurposed Life
Hexagon and Triangle Shelves by My Love 2 Create
Window Box by Dogs Don't Eat Pizza
Blanket Ladder by Domestically Speaking
DIY Wood Centerpiece Box by Virginia Sweet Pea
Easy DIY Shelves by Create and Babble
Computer Monitor Stand by Interior Frugalista
Wood Slice Plant Stand by Designed Decor

Now it's time to see your $10 And Under Projects. Press the button below to upload your project. Remember, maximum three projects per participant.

If you're having any problems uploading your project, Contact Me and I'll be happy to upload it for you!

AND THE WINNER IS
Shawna
Entry #25 - Scrap Wood Headboard



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