Vintage Door Desk

Sometimes finding the perfect desk can be more challenging than expected.  You would think it would be easy with so many choices out there.  But, of course, I couldn’t find exactly what we needed.  

My son attends this amazing and unique charter school where he is only onsite every other day and is home with assignments to complete on the other days.  As he works from home frequently, we thought he deserved a desk suited just for his needs.  We had several criteria…ample work space for the computer and book work, close to our internet connection, storage for the printer, etc. and, here’s the kicker, high enough that he could stand without hurting his back.  If any of you have kids who are “standers”, you know what I mean.  He never sits to do his school work (not even sure why there is a stool there, it just ends up across the room).  Based on our criteria, even modular desks would not work.

To make this desk, we purchased unfinished stock cabinets from Home Depot.  To make them look a bit more “built-in”, I added pine planks to the sides and a 1×4 across the bottom with some Liquid Nails and a nail gun.  Then the cabinets were painted (unprimed so the knots show through).

Fortunately the door was the length we needed.  The original color was a light blue so I added a coat of tinted glaze and it turned out great.  Left the hinges on just because I love hinges and a little extra hardware never hurts:) The door is screwed onto the cabinets from the inside to hide the screws.

In order to create a flat workspace, we added a piece of glass to the top.  This glass is a heat resistant version to prevent cracking when the computer heats up.  Just ask for it at your glass place.  It is a bit more expensive, but totally worth it (I have had tops break in the past because of hot computers).

Here are some more pictures and one “in process” pic.  Have fun creating your desk. You will love the results.


Side with Door


Desk Before

“In process” – don’t you love the baby blue carpet???

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8 thoughts on “Vintage Door Desk

  1. Michelle

    I just saw your desk on Pinterest and love it! I have three old doors that I rescued from a dumpster and I want to make a desk using one. If you don’t mind me asking, what size stock cabinet did you use? I have been searching for wood file cabinets to use but they are kind of pricey. The stock cabinet is perfect as long as it is not to high I love the finish you did.

    1. onceuponatimecreation Post author

      Michelle, I got the cabinets (unfinished) from Home Depot in the kitchen section(so the desk is counter height). One is 24″ and one is 12″ wide. They were running a 20% off special when we bought them. The wider one is a perfect fit for the printer. You may be able to find some freebies on Craigslist. Always worth checking out:) let me know if you have any more questions. Have fun with your project!

  2. suburbsmama

    What a wonderful idea! I love how it looks. Thank you so much for linking up this week! Hope you can join the party again.


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