Upcoming DIY Inspiration: Old Door Desks

See this tall, skinny, old door? It's 80 inches tall and 24 inches wide. It's covered in a layer of dust and dirty. And it's totally destined for greatness. 

I've had this project on my mind for a while. Since I'll be working from home in our new house starting next week, I need a really good desk space. My current setup involves a little turquoise writing desk that's as uncomfortable as it is adorable. I can't sit there and work for eight hours a day. So... this project popped back onto my radar.

I scavenged Craigslist for a door that checked off everything on my wishlist: 1) the right size – not too wide to avoid too deep of a desk, 2) unpainted wood – because I'm really in love with the original woodwork in our house and I want to highlight that, and 3) a reasonable price – because some people think their old doors are worth hundreds of dollars. Luckily, this one landed in my lap! (Not literally.) It landed in my front yard because the seller lady was kind enough to deliver. :)

Anyway... I have serious plans for this tall, dark, and handsome door. Here's some ideas I'm playing around with:

Tater Tots and Jello
Ideally, I'd find (or coax G into making) a table  base like this one. So pretty... and a pop of color!

Once Upon a Time Creation
I like that this one is counter height. That would give me the option of pulling up a stool to sit, or working at a standing desk. 

Painted file cabinets would add not only color, but also much-needed storage space in drawers!

Better Homes and Gardens
But I really like the look of these rustic saw horse legs, too – especially in contrast to the more feminine chair. 

Dwellings by Devore
This one is just simply pretty! The saw horse legs, the feminine chair boasting a fun print, and all the pops of pink scattered around the desktop.

I can't wait to get my home office set up... and to share how my old door desk turns out! :)


Jason said...

Oh wow, I love the idea of putting a pane of glass on the door. I'm guessing that'd be pretty expensive but it looks great!

Frank said...

Another top-quaity DIY project! Love it! Keep up the great work :)

Lauren said...

Love this idea! What a great way to re purpose materials.