Step-by-Step directions how we made this DIY Desk from an old, salvaged door.
When we were building our home 12 years ago, Terry and I found a great salvage store that had all sorts of old doors, windows, mantels and the like. We purchased 2 dressers that we re-purposed into bathroom sinks, as well as 2 doors. We intended to use one of the doors for our pantry and the other as a swinging door between our kitchen and dining room. We refinished the pantry door and it is one of my favorite things about our home with its original glass that has wee bubbles and waves in it, but the swinging door never quite made it to its intended use and has resided in our attic for the past 12 years. Little did we know at the time that this noble old door would find it’s way into my office as and transform into a wonderful DIY desk!
From time to time I’ve pondered what to do with ‘the door in the attic’. At one point I thought it’d make a great table for outside, but it has recessed panels so would need a glass top and I was afraid of water getting under the glass, so that thought never came to fruition.
Recently it became painfully obvious that the desk I have been using for the past 12 years was really too small. Not only was the top surface on the small side, but I’m a tall gal and I had a hard time sitting at the desk with my long legs. I looked around at many local stores and online sites and finally decided I probably needed to build my own desk to get the height I wanted. Did someone say ‘build my own’? A DIY desk? Music to my ears! Bring on the DIY Door Desk.
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The lonely ‘door in the attic’ came into my mind again and I figured I could get some great legs made that would have some cool character. I contacted several ironwork shops in my area, but the cost to get a frame built was pretty steep. Finally, I stumbled upon an adjustable height desk frame at Ikea, the BEKANT Underframe for table top. It’s slightly more utilitarian than I originally hoped for, but the $109 price tag instantly made the ‘utilitarian look’ really quite attractive. DIY desk here we come!
I also wanted a sliding keyboard tray on the underside of my DIY desk. After doing much research, I decided on the Rockler 12″ Keyboard Slide. In searching for reviews on the product, I came across Yellow Brick Home’s experience with it, which confirmed my intent to go ahead and get it. You can’t beat the price, $34.99; but more than that, it’s incredibly sturdy, you can determine how wide you want your tray and you can paint the wood for the tray any color you like.
So I had my door, I had my frame and I had my keyboard tray…time for me to get busy! Or rather, time for Terry to get busy…with a wee help from Flora! You guessed it….DIY desk, here we come!
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I ordered a piece of glass, 1/4″ thick to cover my DIY desk and to make an even writing surface.
I have SOOOOO much more room on my new DIY desk. Like almost twice as much as I had with my wee person desk. My office is slowly evolving to become what I want it to be. I’m still really loving my Roadside Rescued Storage and it’s completely filling the need I had for it to be convenient storage.
Next up…think I need some curtains for my windows. I had curtains up for like ever, but I when I took them down this spring to have the windows washed, I realized how much brighter and lighter my office was without them and I just couldn’t bear to put them back up. But, I think I need to do something. And while I love my ghost chair, think I need to get a REAL office chair, with wheels and everything.
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