Cabinet Doors into Children's Desk

Happy President's day!  It was so warm last week, 60 degree weather warm.  My kids have been out riding bikes, jumping on the trampoline, playing basketball, has been wonderful!  But alas, it couldn't last forever and the snow is back, brrr!

When I pulled up my Cabinet Doors into Children's desk to share with you I was enjoying the "green" in the back ground, ahh spring....

This project was so fun for me, and my kids are still enjoying it.  I shared it on My Repurposed Life several months ago, so I am excited to finally share it with you today!
repurpose cabinet doors into a children's desk

When I finished this desk and put in my boys room it is was a toss up for who was more giddy, me or my boys.  Kids totally get a thrill out of furniture...when it is theirs! :)
Laying out the cabinet doors to measure how big to make the desk
I have had these cabinet doors for a while.  They caught my eye on a rainy day, well pouring actually, and I did a... slam on the breaks, make a quick U turn, open the trunk and save them from the trash move.  They were pretty grimey, but they came home non the less, and I gave them a good cleaning with TSP.

I had thought of tons of ways to repurpose them over the months, but this desk idea won out in the end.  I stared by measuring the wall I was going to use and started trying different options on the floor with the cabinet doors.
cutting scrap plywood for desk shelves, drilling pocket holes
Once the size was determined I set to work cutting shelf boards.  I used the same plywood scraps that I used in my Drawers and Drawer Slides, Master Closet Makeover post.  On the left I am cutting them with my Ryobi Circular Saw and on the right, drilling pocket holes on two sides of each board.   I cut 9 shelf boards.
Pocket holes drilled old into cabinet doors
For attaching the desk top later on I drilled pocket holes in the top of each cabinet door.  While drilling one of my pocket holes my bit broke inside the cabinet!  What?  I guess it is two years old and I use it all the time...luckily I had a spare, because had a feeling it was on it's way out...phew!
attaching bottom, shelf, and top of desk section with pocket holes
Next I was ready to attach the shelves to the cabinet door.  I attached the top and bottom shelves flush with the ends.  For the middle shelf I measured where I wanted it and used a spacer board to keep all three sections the same without having to re-measure.  I used my Kreg Right Angle Clamp to hold my boards in place while I drove in the first screw, this is the best clamp EVER.  I also made sure to use my Gorilla Wood Glue for a strong hold.
make sure to leave space for attaching 1x2 trim
When I measured for my shelf size I left room for my 1x2 trim that I was planning to add.  You can see here I am attaching the other cabinet door.
Three desk sections made from cabinet doors
Here are all three sections built.
Glue and nail on desk backs and 1x2 front trim
Next was adding the back and the 1x2 trim.  My Father-in-law totally hooked me up with some awesome wood when his neighbor was moving and throwing it away.  That is where I got the nice 1/4 plywood backing, I had the 1x2 in my stash.  I measured and cut them to size and glued and nailed them on.
measuring and marking for an x pattern, drilling pocket holes
With the sections built I had to come up with a way to connect them.  I ended up trying and X, mainly because I have never done it before, and I wanted to try, and because I think it is super cute. :)

So, just know I was winging it, and this may not be the best way to do it.  Mmmkay?  My sister-in-law gave me some old bed slats and they were perfect for this job.  I placed the 1x3 where I wanted it, and marked with a pencil where to cut.   Then I drilled pocket holes in each angled end.
Attaching pocket holes at an angle to make an x pattern
 I attached the first side with the cabinet laying down.  Then to help me out, I used the wall to keep my shelves from moving while I attached the second side.  I also cut and attached another 1x2 trim piece in the front (top right photo).
finishing marking and attaching x pattern with pocket holes
To complete the X pattern I used the same method, except I cut two pieces, and attached them one at a time.  And that was it!  Not too bad, they are not perfect, but I am good with that, especially for my first time.
reclaimed barn wood for desk top
You may recall my Cubby Shelf Makeover that I shared last month.  I really loved the reclaimed wood top I put on it, so I went to see if I had a piece of that 70 year old barn wood to fit the desk top.  I had one left in the right size, sa-weet!
caulk seams and paint desk base
I cleaned up the barn wood top and gave it three coats of poly.  I also started priming and painting the desk with paint I had.  Oh, and I did fill in the cracks with spackle...that is important to do especially when you are painting things white.
MyLove2Create, Cabinet Doors into Children's Desk
And that was that.  I think those cabinet doors look good as a desk. Don't you?
Cabinet doors into children's desk top view
I love how they make it look fancy, like I did some complicated routing work. :)
dollar store bins for desk shelves
Since I made this desk for free with things I had on hand, I figured some bins from the dollar store would be perfect to fill the shelves.  So my grand total was $6.  
x design on children's desk
I am glad I tried the X pattern, I love how it turned out.
beautiful reclaimed wood
The top is sooooo pretty, and smooth too because I made sure to sand with 400 grit sandpaper between coats of poly. 
narrow profile of desk saves on space
One thing that has been nice is that it is narrow and doesn't take up a lot of room.  
MyLove2Create, Cabinet Doors into Children's Desk
I love to see my boys sitting doing their homework at their new desk, it has been good for them to have their own space!

Sitting on what you ask? 
repurpose cabinet doors into children's desk
Well, I did make chairs for the desk out of something really interesting....  I will be sharing those with you later this week.  So be sure to check back! 

*Update: you can see my Rustic Industrial Kid Chairs here!


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  1. Wow this turned out fabulous! Thanks for the post! Can't wait to see the chairs you made. Pinned it.

  2. Huh? I love how your mind works! I just see doors and you see a desk. lol I really like the reclaimed desk top with the white. The contrast is so pretty! The X supports add an additional rustic vibe. :)

    Chairs are coming?! What did you make those out of? ;)

  3. I love this project! We're all about re-purposing things in our home, and this one definitely takes the cake. Great job!

  4. Looks great! You did a wonderful job on it. I would like this in my craft room, that is if I had the room (-; can't wait to see the chairs!

  5. This is so amazingly wonderful!! I also enjoy re-making things from stuff we have around the house. But you did such a good job using those doors and making them into something unexpected and useful! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Awesome project. Great repurposing idea. And it's beautiful to boot.

  7. How perfect for your kids room! I love the X back and the price! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Blessings, Deborah

  8. Beautiful job buddy! This is just wonderful! And you made chairs too!?!?!? Of course you did because you are crazy talented!!! This is awesome Mindi!!! And for some reason I did not get your post in my sidebar feed??? You rocked it lady! Nicole xoxo

  9. Not only did you do a wonderful job making the desk out of repurposed cabinets but you tutorial on the project is wonderful. Very creative! Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  10. Your creativity amazes me! I want to be like you (and have your wood stash) when I grow up!

  11. I absolutely love this! We have three kids and have been debating on what to build for their desks, I think I am going on a mission to find some cabinet doors!! Well done, it is amazing. We are in the process of renovating and adding onto our 1950's home, and I am a big fan of using old stuff. We created our dream kitchen using $100 cabinets from the side of the road.

    -Jenn ( )

  12. Wow! Great job Mindi. The old barn wood top is the perfect finishing touch. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  13. This looks incredible! I love it. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for taking the time to party with us. We hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. It wouldn't be a party without you! Lou Lou Girls

  14. I love this and it would be perfect for my boys! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Talented Tuesdays. I hope you join us again tomorrow!

  15. Such a clever idea. Love how it turned out! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

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  17. What an awesome tutorial! Thanks for linking up on my Friday Flash Blog party. Your post was featured this week -- be sure to grab the swag button saying you were featured :)

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution

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  19. Ah! This is too cool also! Building a giant crafting desk is on my to-do list, and this might be the perfect idea for me! Any ideas on how to do the desk top for cheap? It's going to be BIG... like 12 feet or something and it needs to be pretty smooth and easy to clean.

  20. that looks great…I was looking for similar get those projects done… :)

  21. Good job. Will be made one by myself as your instruction :)

  22. Very useful project easy and cheap to make. But I have a question….are you a teacher in your life? You have a very good didactic way to explain projects Mindi

  23. It's very good idea Mindi. You are so dextrous to do that lovely Cabinet Doors. It looks simple and cute. It will be my next project. Thanks for sharing your idea with us.

  24. This really is a great idea. it's very beautiful and colorful. my daughter will love them. I think I will do it soon. thank you very much.

  25. It's very good idea, I will make it for my house. Thank you for sharing!

  26. Very nice cabinet design. I will try to make one for my son. Thank for this great post

  27. It’s very nice table! I will make it for my house. Thanks for share!

  28. Wow, wonderful blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is fantastic, let alone the content!

  29. Thank you for sharing a great information and useful. it really necessary and timely for me at this time.

  30. I wanted to share this information with my friends on the social network facebook.!

  31. Great. This article is excellent. I have read many articles with this topic, but I have not liked. I think I have the same opinion with you.

  32. So great Mindi! I'm not as handy as you but I will try my best. I love my son, I think he will be very happy if I can do a desk for him.

  33. that’s amazing! Helpful information to detect, correct, and maintain the in my home. Thanks!

  34. Great idea !
    I have many free doors at home. I will try to make this children desk.
    Thank for share this tutorial !

  35. What a nice makeover! Also thanks for a detailed instructions. The images are a great help. I will do that to our old cabinet doors.

  36. Great work Mindi! It is really a great idea to make a Children's Desk from Cabinet Doors.

  37. I think the kids will love and so I am.

  38. I like the widgets are painted white

  39. Not sure how I missed this. Oh wait. I was having a baby. Ha! Umm. I LOVE THIS!!! I love the white contrasting with the dark stain on top. 👌🏼

  40. Great idea to refinish things. Thanks for great content.

  41. Awesome I love it. Thanks for sharing


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