dil·i·gence:careful and persistent work or effort

Proverbs 13: 4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Old door turned new desk

When I first spied the Craig's List ad for a chippy, old, solid wood, raised panel door for 10 bucks, I knew I wanted to give her a new life, and I knew exactly what her new job would be.  She was destined to become my new work surface.  I paired her with two $15 trestles from Ikea, and bam:  a new desk.
We are smack in the middle of a huge, house-wide round of musical furniture as we prepare to hopefully do some renovations in our basement.  All of the rearranging has left me without a desk or any real work surface on which to blog, craft, pay bills or work from home as necessary, because Colin now has his desk in his bedroom instead of in the common area of the basement.  And so, for now, our former breakfast room is a breakfast room no longer.  Meals are served in the dining room, and the sunny, cheerful breakfast room is home to my new, equally sunny and cheerful old door turned desk.
Of course, the door needs some work.  I need to fill in the areas that were chiseled out for the hinges, and there is still some old hardware on the door, too.  And, then there is the paint job.  On the one hand, I love the chippy old goodness, but on the other hand, I feel like I could clean it up a little.  And, I will eventually top the desk with a sheet of plexiglass.  But, that will all get done in time.  For now I've been using it as is- bumpy, old, uneven top, chippy paint and all.




  1. I love this idea! Old doors are just so cool and you got a real deal! And how wonderful to have a great view for daydreaming too!

  2. Emily- I love old doors and I think this is a perfect use for one. Love it- xo Diana

  3. Love the door! Looks like you're enjoying your hard-earned yard sale earnings! Can't wait to see what's next!


  4. I'm absolutely impress to what you did. Such a spectacular idea. Beautiful job.Brown TV Bed