DIY Desks from Vintage Doors

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Some men bring home jewelry for their wives.

My husband, brings home old doors – and I am so glad.

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Many years ago, Dana was driving past Drewsville General Store in NH, just an ordinary day.  And then he saw them – four perfectly old and chippy doors – each for $1 – and he scooped them up.

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But the problem was – they were in NH.  But one day (we are debating if my father-in-law brought them down in his pick-up or his brother brought them down when he drove down Dana’s John Deere Tractor), they made it to NY.

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And they sat.  For a very long time.

And one day, I had a great idea for a project and I quickly ran to get them from the side of the garage, from under the tarps.

And then I realized that was also where the snakes were cooling themselves for their summer.

So, I decided my idea really wasn’t that good.

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   They were eventually moved into garage, away from the snakes, and I knew I wanted to use two of them to make into our desks.  They seemed too big for the office and I just didn’t know how to make it work.

But then my handsome and sweet husband figured out we could cut them down with a circular saw to the perfect size for our office.

See, the snakes prevented me from using them earlier so they could be use for their true destiny!

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And so we cut them down, power washed them, sanded them and then coated and buffed them with Annie Sloan dark wax.  And then we added these legs (which can be ordered online!) and topped it with a sheet of quarter inch glass ordered through a local glass cutter.

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And in the process of pulling everything together I have also been really organizing my craft supplies.  Now, all of my favorite paint pens, fancy markers, paint brushes and colored pencils are right on my desk where I can easily use them.

All that and a spot for my phone.

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And it is bright and colorful and makes me happy.

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And the best news is you too can get your own caddy from our sidebar sponsor Farmhouse Wares (there is a discount code below).  And there are so many uses – plants, flowers, silverware and napkins for a party, drinks, guest bathroom necessities or craft project organizers.

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They also sell these amazing baskets perfect for office, pantry or living room organization…

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…and this caddy is perfect for your kitchen counter or craft room…

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And speaking of your kitchen, could these measuring cups be any sweeter?

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 You can use them to bake your pie and then serve it in this amazing galvanized tin stand.

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Now through 8/2/13 use code fh713 for 15% off your total order!

Last time we ran a discount with Farmhouse Wares it was only for that item, but this time it is off your total order – you are sure to find plenty of things that you love!

Thanks so much for reading!

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Disclosure: The caddy was provided to me by our sidebar sponsor, but all opinions and colorful cuteness are my own.

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About Finding Home

My name is Laura and I have been running a small interior decorating business since 2004. I have always had a love for decorating but I never fully realized it until about 10 years ago. I live in New York with my husband and two daughters. They support me and encourage me at every turn. I have always loved the “hunt” for the next treasure, especially when you have to get down and dirty to discover it. I feel like it is time to start taking my business in a new direction. I am not sure exactly what that will be, but this blog is about that journey. About finding a sense of home, a place where we belong and can most be ourselves. Thank you for being part of my journey.

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  1. Laura great repurpose – they are perfect and just in time for the new school year!

  2. Laura I also have old doors as my desk in my office. I put mine in an “L” Shape around the room and I used glass on top too. I have all my small little treasures under the glass… I love mine and yours is fabulous too!
    Susan

  3. Love the doors! good job…

  4. Wow, these turned out great!

  5. Laura, I’m so jealous! I’d love to do something just like that for a room we have upstairs. I’ve saved a spot for a project table and I love the old and new look you have going there. Thanks for the link to the legs. I’ll be on the lookout for doors…which I’m sure will be more than $1.00 cuz that’s my luck.

  6. LOVE THESE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously! Cutest project EVER!!!!!!!!!!!! And those IKEA legs make all the difference!

    Happy day to you!
    karianne

  7. LOVE the old doors and what a great find and price.

    Cynthia

  8. Looks great!

  9. Totally LOVE those door desks! And, how amazing that you can order those legs online!? Perfect! My 9 year old daughter got a real cash register for her birthday (Grandparents!) And, now she wants a countertop. I have some old doors on my front porch! I might just have to borrow this idea! Life to the full! Melissa

  10. What great desks! Love the pair placed like that. We have a filing cabinet and now just need to find a vintage door.

  11. Laura, The desks are awesome! I could so picture myself hanging out in that room. I love all the paint brushes and pencils stored so perfectly in the caddy. Super job!
    Susan

  12. What a guy that hubby of yours!…He knows exactly what you love and the desks are just wonderful!!!…Just love those items from Farmhouse Wares!…

  13. Love this idea! I have an old door that is sitting outside too just waiting for some love…crossing my fingers I don’t have the snakes too :) Totally going to check out the fun kitchen caddys next!

  14. Love it! All because of snakes :) Laurel

  15. Wow!! I love how these turned out! The legs and filing cabinet are perfect underneath. Great repurposing… your office is super-cute!!

  16. Renea (cupcake-n-bake) says:

    Gosh! I absolutely LOVE this!!

  17. Beautiful Laura!! Working on a desk myself, yours look perfect!
    Jen

  18. This is wonderful!! I would love this desk. I love that you put the glass over it so it maintains it shape and vintage look. And I love the metal bucket on top. What a great room.

  19. I love your glass topped vintage doors. I also used doors for my craft table tops (new and not as nice, but they sure work well!) I also love your sponsor’s galvanized goodness and especially your craft caddy. I shared your post on Friday Finds today. Thanks, and have a great weekend!

  20. Love it Laura – as usual everything is perfect! xo

  21. These desks are adorable- so much character! I love them. My hubby surprised me once and brought home a pallet and I was in love with him all over- who needs stinkn’ flowers when they can bring stuff like old doors and pallets :)

  22. I just wanted to let you know that I featured your wonderful project on homework. Thanks so much for sharing it on The Inspiration Board. Have a great weekend!

    carolyn
    homework &
    DETAILS

  23. Meghan says:

    I’ve had an old door sitting around for several years – this couldn’t be a better way to put it to use! Can I ask where you found the fililng cabinets? Some drawer space would be handy (necessary!) since there’s none on the desk.

    Cheers! M

  24. Laura, my husband and I making a table like yours. He’s wondering about the stability of the table with the heavy solid door. Our door is pretty large and we may need to cut it down. Do you know the dimensions of your door? Also, when you used the Ikea legs, did you have to modify the way the leg was mounted to the table at all?

    Stacey
    snskee@aol.com

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