DIY: Door Desk

September 13, 2015

This week I finally finished the “construction” of my door-desk-work-space.  I would have finished it sooner, but I decided to put wood planks on the wall behind it first. If you would like to read about how the wall was created, you will find the story here on my blog: DIY: Plank Wall.

So here is how the door-desk came about.  My daughter and I were driving to a friends house, and we saw a big white (heavy!) door sitting on the curb in front of someone’s house.  There wasn’t a free sign on the door, but it was obvious that the owner placed it on the curb for someone, anyone, to take. That’s not uncommon, but still. I felt strange taking something without asking.  So my daughter and I struggled to get the (heavy) door into her car, (where it barely fit!), and I left a note on the homeowner’s front door with my phone number.. just in case “free” was not their intent.

We were down in Orange County, about 5 hours from where we live, so my husband transferred the door from our daughter’s car to our truck, and it made it’s way home with us….. where it sat outside for… well, a little while, as I worked on my wall.

Once the wall was finished, we hauled the door into my craft room. No small feat. I did say this was a heavy door, right?  We placed the door on top of 2 white cabinets I already had (Closet Maid, purchased at Home Depot).  Hmmm… Boring.  I decided the door needed some color, so made 12″ x 12″ quilt squares for each window pane. I tacked them down in the corners with Velcro strips.

Better.  But it still needed something. I loved the rusty metal hinges on the door, and wanted to utilize them.  I bought a 1″ x 4″ piece of wood, the length of the door, and painted it white. I attached the hinges to that, creating a back board.

I had been on the search for a glass manufacturer who could provide a custom-sized glass top for me at a reasonable price.  After months of searching, I was successful, and picked up the glass this week.

Finally. Done.

Free Door + 2 cabinets I already owned + $4 for the backboard wood + $145 for the glass = one work counter top that I love.

Now to tackle the rest of the room!



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  1. Lou

    I absolutely adore this Karen! You have given me food for thought! I need/want/LOVE it 🙂

  2. Lisa Ledwith

    This is so amazing wow!! Wonderful job Karen! When are you making mine??? 🙂

  3. Terri Adams

    It turned out amazing as I figured it would. Your creativity always amazes me.

    • Karen

      Thanks, Gloria! It’s so much fun to use!

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