Tuesday, September 14, 2010

repurposed door: diy desk

Isn't she beautiful?

Let me tell you a little story about the desk I had before this one graced my office. It was small. And short. And ugly. And it didn't have a lot of work space. And I'm 5'10" so I was all hunched over and my back hurt. Those conditions don't make for a happy work environment.

So after looking for an alternative on Craigslist, I decided to enlist the help of my personal carpenter and build my own. It's custom, if you will. I wanted the supports to be shelves. And I wanted A LOT of work space so I could spread out. And I wanted it to be red.

We headed off to the Habitat Restore, paid $20 for a door and another $3 for lumber, and here she is:

Cute as can be.

The top is the door, painted red. The dimensions of two shelves are 29 tall x 34 deep [the depth of whatever your surface will be] x 16 wide.

Oh, hey clutter.

It's amazing what hemming tape and velcro can do :) And look at that purple seat cushion. So happy.

The hole for the doorknob is the perfect cord keeper. Yessssss.
Also, how cute is that IKEA planter turned pencil cup?

To make me happy: a bag of dried lavender [a gift left in my purse from a visit with my grandmother] and an all-time favorite picture of me, said grandmother and my mom at my aunt's wedding.
PS: I'm cracking up at the neck on this lamp. It's so long! No shade in the history of man will hide it. Not even the one it came with.

More details: an engagement picture, a mod-podged box and a pretty little vase.

One more time...

Cute.as.can.be :)

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  1. That's such a GREAT idea! I love it! I have an old armoire door just sitting in the garage waiting to be used ... maybe this is the answer! I love the storage underneath! :)

  2. I have desk envy now. awesome

    stopping by from tuesday tag-along


  3. Sigh.. I would love your desk!! Great job, it looks fantastic :)
    So happy I found you on Tuesday blog hop! Looking forward to all of your creative posts :)

    Hope you can stop by and say hi!
    Happy Tuesday,
    Shopper Gal

  4. Oh my gosh that is so cool!!! I wish I had somewhere to put another desk so I could try it too!

    Just stopping by from Tuesday Tag-along....will be following your craftiness from now on!

    Stop by if you get a chance!


  5. geez.. wish me office desk was red! hehe.. :D

  6. Love your office space :) btw I'm a new follower from FMBT!

  7. I love your new desk! Cute AND functional!
    I am now following you from Tuesday Blog Hop!


  8. I came from Tuesday Hope, following you via GFC now, really like your blog. Would love if you come visit me over at www.twoboysonegirlandacrazymom.com.
    Happy Tuesday, Melanie

  9. OK i was going to spend $90 on a new ikea table top & design my own sewing table, but im totally inspired by your door. Probably going to steal this idea from you if you don't mind!

  10. Just stopping by from Follow Me Back Tuesday! Please follow me back @ www.romanianprincess.com

    Thanks, Nicole Mariana

  11. I'm so excited to read this post! I cannot wait to make my own desk! Lovin' the RED!

  12. It's so cute! I love all the color! Someday, when I can have my own crafty space, I will definitely be using this idea! Love it!

    I'd love for you to join my Friday link party! alittleknickknack.blogspot.com
    Have a great weekend!

  13. It is such a great transformation! Love the color! I am a follower!
    Can you help me out? I am in a contest because of a recent post that I did on my weight loss. There is a contest on Face Book and I need you to vote! I am so close and I don't want the other guy to win! Just click on the link below and like that page (up at the top) then in the left hand column find my picture( I’m the one in the black bathing suit) under photo's 4 of 14 click(SEE All) and leave a comment under my picture! Thanks!!
    You might have to copy and paste it into your browser.

  14. Love your "new" desk. It looks wonderful. I like how you built in storage under the fabric.
    Very nice.

  15. Super cute. Love the doorknob as cord-keeper. You go, girl. Where's the pic of my kids?!

  16. GREAT idea!!! Love how cute it turned out. Thanks SO much for joining in on Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions. I hope to see you again this week :)
    ~Lori S.
    Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions


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