11 Nov

Cost: $180

Time: 1 hour of labor

Materials: old door, table legs and screws, glass pane to fit door, clear spacers, drill, screwdriver

I’ve always been drawn to old things that have been repurposed and transformed into new and functional things. Recently, Shawn and I used an old door we took down in the house and turned it into a desk. It was fairly easy and fairly inexpensive. Here’s what we did:

  1. Take down door
  2. Remove hinges, doorknob and other hardware from door
  3. Order glass from local glass cutting store to fit door. We went with 1/4 inch thick with a smoothed edge (This is the only thing we bought and it cost $180, not cheap, but much cheaper than buying a desk this cool). We measured the door and subtracted 1/4 inch from each side to make sure the glass didn’t jut out past the door. Luckily, we were able to get the glass delivered.
  4. Shawn took legs from an old table he made and secured them to the bottom of the door with screws and some 2×4’s to brace it.
  5. We stood the table door up and placed small clear spaces on top of the door so that the glass wouldn’t be resting directly on the door.
  6. We placed the glass on the door.
  7. Fin! Now I have a fabulous desk with plenty of space to write, draw, paint and dream:



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