17 dollar DIY desk - A Life Unfolding

17 dollar DIY desk

This is one of my favorite last-minute DIYs ever. We made a DIY desk for 17.00 dollars and a few hours of a desk, and I love how it turned out!

17.00 DIY bulit-in desk

Desk for new Airbnb

We have been working on the new Airbnb for a while now. The Primary bedroom was carved out of the previous extra large living space. Once we settled on the room plan, we still had this weird jut from the closet in the room next door, which we planned on being the perfect place for a desk.

Perfect spot for Desk

So I went in search of a desk that was substantial enough for guests and yet attractive.

The space is quite wide (67 inches), and desks that size were very expensive and not what I was looking for.

Then one day, we were at the Restore in our area looking for picture frames (they always have great frames) and came across this wooden door. And woot woot, it was $8.00! For that price, it was worth seeing if it would work.

Restore find. An old 80'd door made into a DIY desk

DIY Desk supplies

  • Door- ours is 36 x 7 feet
  • 8 ft piece of moulding
  • 1- 1 x 2 wood board
  • Pneumatic nail gun
  • Stud Finder- This is the best stud finder we have ever had.
  • wood glue
  • paint
  • painters tape
  • caulk

Desk Directions

We cut the desk down to fit the space using a circular saw.

We then cut the 1 x 2 board into two pieces, each 36 inches, to act as the base for the door to lay on. These are screwed into the wall, and we made sure to find studs, so it won’t be going anywhere.

I was surprised at how well it fit.

I taped off the edges of the desk while attaching it to the wall to prevent scuffs in the fresh paint.

DIY Desk from old wood door

We then cut a 3-inch trim moulding we found at Home Depot (clearance aisle as it had been cut wrong) to the end to give it a more polished feel.

Pre moulding
Close up of trim moulding

We attached the moulding to the desk using a bead of wood glue and pneumatic nails to hold it until the glue dried.

Before shot of DIY desk for 17.00

Once the moulding was attached, we waited for 24 hours to paint.

Painting the desk

Valspar paint tinted to match SW 9130

If you follow the blog, you guys know I am a HUGE fan of Sherwin-Williams paint, and I LOVE their colors, and I love the performance of their Emerald line of paint.

But if you have been to a paint store lately, you may have noticed some shortages. My SW store did not have any quart sizes available, which is all this door was going to require. So we went to our local big box store and had them color match a quart to our trim which is SW 9130 Evergreen Fog.

I am so happy to report it matches perfectly!

Painted built-in desk with Procore LVP flooring
Valspar tinted to SW 9130

With all the bargains we found, the DIY desk ended up costing 17.00 and change!

And we LOVE it!!! This 17-dollar DIY desk may be one of my favorite DIYs ever!

Built-in desk at Airbnb

We’ve added a secondary coffee station for our guests, and we think they will love having a workspace in the Airbnb.

What do you think??

Want to see more DIYs making something new again? My friends Brook and Jen are sharing their very own projects today, and you will love them!

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Until next time,

-Libbie

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  1. What a great idea! I love repurposing items and this is perfect!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love your project. It’s such a smart use of the space. I didn’t see any electric outlets for guests’ laptops, chargers, lamp, etc. are they there?

  3. Cindy says:

    Great idea and I’m all about finding uses for pieces

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