This Vintage Screen Door Shabby Chic Desk will cost you about $100 or less, depending on how much you have to spend on your vintage screen door. I find vintage doors from $0 all the way to $45. Check the salvage yards and the alleys first to find the free screen doors. You can make this entire shabby chic in one day, but don’t forget to factor in the drying time for paint.
You can use pre made wooden desk legs from Lowe’s for the base or try something different. I think realy old filing cabinets woudl make a great base for this desk as well as add some storage in your hoem office.
To Make a Vintage Screen Door Shabby Chic Desk you will need:
Wood desk legs
1 Vintage screen door
Beveled glass cut to the same size as your door
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Trim any rough edges off of th edoor with sand paper or a jig saw. Now, after that, the first step is to measure your vintage screen door.
Tip: I like to subtract one inch of the length and the width, so that when I build my desk base I have a lip hanging over the top of the table.
Have your sheet of plywood cut to this same size. Now, cut your 2X4’s to build a box that is slightly smaller than the length and width of your vintage screen door.
Screw together the wood frame of 2X4’s. Attach the plywood sheet to the bottom of the frame you just built.
Now, flip this box over two that the plywood is on top. In each corner use your drill to pre drill a hole in ach corner. Be sure to hit the 2X4 frame you built. Now, screw in you wooden desk legs. You can buy pre made wood desk legs that are perfect for desks at the home improvement store and even at Ikea.
Now, flip the box over and stand it on your legs.
At this point you need to attach your piano hinge to the top of the 2X4 frame. Finally, you need to attach the other side of the piano hinge to the frame of the vintage screen door.
The wood screen door will lay flat on top of the table creating the top surface of your Vintage Screen Door Desk!
Now, I recommend sanding the wood surfaces lightly. Wipe the dust away and then prime the vintage screen door desk out.
Let this dry and then apply a paint treatment. For a contemporary vintage look you could paint the wood out in high gloss paint in a bright color like red.
Crackle paint and milk paint are all great paint treatments for a vintage look.
Now, if you need some privacy in the desk and do not want anyone to see what you are storing inside you could apply some fabric inside of the screen windows. Just tack some in place.
Another fun treatment to hide the stuff inside would be to have some photos blown up to the size of your vintage screen door screen opening. Place them inside of the desk so that they face up and out of the screen panes. Tape them in place from the inside with thin strips of duct tape.
Now, add your piece of beveled glass on top and you are finished!
This simple Vintage Screen Door Shabby Chic Desk is great wood working project for a beginner. Be sure to use a wood screen door, because you will be drilling into it. You can find great vintage screen doors at flea market, salvage yards, antique shops, and reuse it centers.
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