A New Office Desk

Last week I showed you updates of our Office makeover. (Check HERE if you missed it!) Things are coming along, and I’m excited to tell you about a new desk I made for the space.


I wanted a new desk for quite some time…our other one was VERY small. It was perfect in our house in Florida because we needed a small piece of furniture to fit in our family room.


As luck would have it, the neighbor behind us had a garage sale and gave the desk to us for FREE! because he parked in our driveway all day (he didn’t know we lived there!). He was a little surprised to see me open the garage, and when I asked about the desk, he immediately picked it up and carried it into our house. (Wow! Feel free to use our driveway anytime, neighbor!)


Now that we are back in Texas, The Hubs works from home a couple of days a week. Although he’s too nice to say anything, it was obvious that the desk was a cramped place for him to work at all day long.


When it came time to find a new desk, I didn’t have to look very far. I came across Anna’s (from Directions Not Included) guest post on From Gardners to Bergers about her awesome craft room. She MADE her own desk from hollow doors that she stained and sealed. SO cool!!

Directions Not Included


This gave the idea that, instead of looking for an inexpensive desk on Craigslist or hoping one I liked went on sale, I’d make my own.


A couple of weeks later I was wandering the AS IS section of Ikea, and I came across this large cabinet door.


I asked an employee what it was originally intended for, and she said it was part of the Akurum cabinets…like an end cap for the wall of cabinets you’d build in your kitchen. Here’s the closest thing to it I could find online:



My new desktop is the tall door by itself. It is called high gloss gray, and the cool thing about the color is that it looks like the ocean during a storm. Perfect for our beach inspired Office. :)


And guess what else was SO great about this find? The price:

 Yeah, I can totally handle that!


I snagged 4 Vika Adils table legs, too. They only had red legs the day I was there, but at $3.50 a leg, it was no big deal. Spray paint or somethin’ would cover up that red real fast.

VIKA ADILS Leg IKEA Adjustable feet allow the table to stand level on uneven floors.


And that “somethin’ ” came in the form of sisal rope from Home Depot. The rope goes along with the beach office look, and it gives the space some texture. So yep, my plan was to hot glue all that darn rope around all four legs. No problem!


So, here are my new desk ingredients:

 (By the way, notice the screws?

I had to buy some just a little shorter than the ones that came with the legs

or they would have gone straight through the cabinet door!)


After consulting a few friends about how the heck I even attach the table legs to a cabinet door, I made my plan of attack:


1. Check and make sure your Ikea screws aren’t too long. (See above) Buy some shorter screws so they’ll won’t ruin your desk.


2. Using a hammer, make small nail holes where the table leg screws will go.



3. Using a very small drill bit, drill pilot holes into the wood.


4. After spray painting the red screw plates white (just in case someone looks under the desk), use the drill to attach the plate to the cabinet door.


5. Hot glue the rope around the red Ikea legs.


Now let me just say that this took some time. Things got faster as I went along, but still. Put on a good movie (like Becoming Jane. Sigh. I love that film). Have your favorite drink handy. And sit in a squishy chair. Cuz you’re gonna be there awhile.


6. Once all the legs are wrapped and glued, screw them onto the plates.


Once we got the desk to its new spot, it seemed to bow just a little bit. I could buy another desk leg, but instead I put this table we already had in the middle. It gives us some storage and distinct His and Hers working spaces.


Here it is!!


My side…


 His side:


Things are divided by a conch shell we got in Mexico.

The small treasure chest holds office supplies.




The Hubs has been enjoying his new work space. There’s plenty of room for him to spread out now if he wants to, and every now and then I’ll bring my laptop in and blog while he’s working.


I love that this desk is an original, customized to us, no-one-else-has-one kind of piece. And making something like this on my own is so empowering. Plus the price was pretty nice, too.


Desk Cost Breakdown:

Ikea Cabinet Door: $9.99

4 Ikea table legs: $14

5 bags of sisal rope (Hope Depot): $25

smaller screws: 50 cents

white spray paint: already had

glue sticks: already had

TOTAL: $49.49


LESS than $50!!



I snagged a quick shot of Pickle…”patiently” waiting for me to finish taking pictures so he could play on the computer:

 Hurry up already, Mom! ;)


Hope this gets you inspired to think outside of the (Ikea) box and make something you’ll love!!


I’m linking up!

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  1. This is sooooo cool!!!

  2. You did such an amazing job of this! I really love the legs.

    One day I will get around to doing something like this in my own home :)

  3. What a GREAT look! I love the rope, seriously brilliant!!
    Following you :)

    Barbara @ Chase the Star

  4. I love how it came out, especially the rope legs! It all looks very coastal.

    :) Michelle

  5. OH. MY. CRAP!!! Are you freakin’ kidding? This is the best yet, Beth. You just keep getting better and better (like a fine wine…or so I hear). You are one AMAZING lady. LOVE IT!!!

  6. Beautiful desk! Love those legs! I had created a similar desk in college with a door and loved it so I definatitely was curious about your creation!
    Great job!
    I would love if you came by my Creative Inspiration linky party happening NOW to link it up!
    I would love to have you there!
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  7. Such a great new desk! (And I’m coveting the little, old desk that used to be in the space….. :)

    Great job! I’m hooked (and following by email!)

  8. wow! so so incredible! i would love for you to link this post or any other posts you want up to my weekly link party called spread the love. it’s a weekend wrap up party where you can share anything and everything you want! there is also a really awesome vinyl giveaway going on there right now too, so go check it out! http://www.lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com/2012/04/spread-love-5-decallove-giveaway.html
    have a wonderful weekend!
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

  9. What a great ‘recycle’. Your space looks like a much more comfortable place to work now. If you’re looking for another place to share please stop by Etcetorize and link up, party is on now~

  10. that looks awesome! i especially love the legs!

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  12. What a great hack! I have a trip planned to IKEA in the next couple weeks, this is great inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Fabulous!

  15. great rope legs! i’m building a kitchen table out of an old door, and was thinking about checking out those legs (haha!!!), what do you think of them? Are they sturdy enough?

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