Lets be real, Do you follow Studio Mcgee on Instagram? HERE you go.

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!


When I stumbled upon this photo I thought, "Hey, I have that paint color, and a similar chair, and a similar rug, etc, etc, BINGO, Blogging office!!" 

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!

This desk is a fairly simple build if you have general knowledge of power tools/woodworking/tape measuring skills.

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 filler/spackle
wood plugs for countersink holes

Tools:
chop saw/mitre saw 
tape measure
marker
electric drill
counter sink drill bit
2.5 inch screws
paint brush

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)

Then screw in the other leg into that same horizontal piece until you get this "U" shape.
Repeat for the other side, so you should have two, "U" shaped legs. 

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.
Then, I simply measured the distance between the two legs and cut a 2x2 to size. I measured and marked the center of those horizontal leg pieces and drilled countersink holes to screw in my middle wood beam from the outside of them. My table was 80" in length. I subtracted the 1.5" 2x2 width of both sides, making that cross beam 77" long.


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.

Luvs, Lindy
 


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Devon
02/23/2015 7:07pm

Thanks Lindy! I'm excited to try this. I have the doors in my basement.

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Lindy
02/23/2015 9:03pm

Let me know if you need any help figuring it out. It's simple and straight forward once you get going! Luvs

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elaine
03/06/2015 6:43pm

What a great hack and looks as good as the original!! I am filing for future studio/craft room/office and hoping that hubs will make for me. Your blog is amazing and I love what you are doing to your house. My first time reading your blog. Love it!!

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Lindy
03/08/2015 10:32pm

Thank you Elaine! Welcome, if you ever get around to building it let me know how it goes and if you have any questions!

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This is a fabulous and tasteful project from the humble hollow core door! It just so happens I have exactly the materials I need to make one like this. Thank you for your easy to follow tutorial.
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