Obviously my desk (and entire office space) was inspired by this one photograph that sang out to me. Shea Mcgee is a design genius. Everything she touches is GOLD!
there were two main things I didn't have. that Blu Dot Desk and $1200 for said desk.
And so like anything I've ever seen and wanted, I thought, "I can make that!" and YOU can too!
Heres a little peek of how it all turned out before we get started.
What You'll Need: This material list is based off of my hollow core door that measured 29.5" x 80", make appropriate changes if your door is a different size.
Hollow core door: mine was from Restore for $8
(5) 2x2x8's: $1.95 each
Benjamin Moore: Simply White in High Gloss
Clear Spray Laquer
wood plugs for countersink holes
chop saw/mitre saw
counter sink drill bit
2.5 inch screws
After measuring your door. take the first 2x2 and mark and cut for the legs. each Leg is made up of 3 cuts. my door was 1.5 inch thick and a standard height desk is 30 inches. also, there was going to be a 2x2 Horizontal piece, the width of a 2x2 is 1.5 so I took 1.5 + 1.5 subtracted that from 30 inches and cut my two vertical legs at 27 inches, (when combined and screwed together with the tabletop and the horizontal leg = 30 inches high)
Start by making countersink screw holes into that bottom horizontal piece that will be connecting the two 27" vertical legs. And then screw in one of the 27" cuts into the horizontal piece, (my horizontal piece measures 29.5", which is the width of my door, yours might be different)
At this point, I screwed my leg pieces into the table top, simply by screwing in from the top of the hollow core door, into both 2x2 leg pieces.
To make the cross supports, I set my chop saw at 45 degrees. I measured the distance between the center of the table (from the underside) to the center of that horizontal leg piece. my cross beams are 47.5" long from the long end of the 45 degree cut to the short end of the 45 degree cut.
This Diagram from Ana-White helped me measure and cut the right angles. IGNORE THE ACTUAL MEASUREMENTS ON THIS DIAGRAM, this plan is NOT for this project, it just helped me with the angle and the measurement as a visual.
After I cut out my two cross supports at 47.5 inches, I screwed one end into the horizontal leg piece, (to help hold up the other side of the cross support while screwing in one side, I duck taped it to the underside of the table) and then the other end into the underside of the table. Make sure to use shorter screws when you screw into the underside of table or else the screw will come all the way through the top of the tabletop.
Repeat for the second cross support and you should have something like this!
Obviously, there are hinge indentations on the front side of the desk, just rip down a piece of mdf, 1.5" thick and nail gun it to the front side to cover them up. You could also use wood filler.
I like to keep the door handle opening as my computer power cord hole!
To finish the desk, use spackle on the visible screw holes and wood plugs to fill the countersink holes. Sand it all down really good and wipe away all dust and dirt.
Now you can paint! I used a foam roller and leftover Benjamin Moore Simply White in high gloss. Than I sprayed 3 coats of Valspar crystal clear gloss lacquer.
I still need to finish it off with the front strip of MDF. I am mighty happy with it, as I sit and blog from it this very minute!
I hope my instruction was clear and easy to understand. please let me know if you have any questions. Keep in mind our measurements might differ according to your door size.