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When we moved into our new home, we needed a desk for two.  I planned to eventually build a built-in desk that matches our kitchen cabinetry, but with a million other projects to tackle, and needing a desk immediately, and not wanting to spend a few hundred dollars on double desk, I decided to use up a hollow core door I had laying around. 

Why Use a Hollow Core Door for a Desktop?

The hollow core door is inexpensive, perfectly smooth, finished on all sides and the perfect size.  I just needed a good support base with some storage.

Using 2x2 furring strips (about $2 each) and some scrap plywood and pocket hole screws, we built a door desk.  We worked in space for a printer and even a basket for keeping paper and office supplies close.

 

How Did the Desk Hold Up?

Two years later, the desk looks like this:

No chips, no dents, no sagging.  Even the paint gets a regular scrubbing and still looks pretty new.

That's amazing, considering I work full time at this very desk, that my daughter homeschools from this desk, that my husband uses this desk too. And we only spent about $100 on it.

Someday we will get that built in desk, but by the way this one is performing, there's no hurry.

 

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Reader submitted photos by Vlilly and Shanty2Chic.

From Shanty2Chic:

I’m so excited about this table.  We just moved into our new home and because I knew that I would want to build new furniture for this house, we decided to sell our old furniture instead of moving it.  This table is the very first piece of furniture that I have built for our new house and it was very quick and easy!  It may look a little intimidating, with all of the angle cuts, but if you have the right tools it’s a piece of cake! 

I was not only surprised at how quick it was to put together but I was SHOCKED by the price tag - $110 for a table that will seat 6!!  I love how great it fits in my breakfast nook, we really needed a round table for the space and Ana nailed it with the octagon shape! It makes such a statement in our home!  

 

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Reader submitted photo by GMWW 

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Reader submitted photo by KELLI224

This plan has been updated.  If you need the old plans, we have them available here.

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My sister has an entryway closet that wasn't working for a family of five with small children.  With winter fast approaching here in Alaska, this closet needed to become a mudroom fast.

But a couple of problems.  This closet is in a tight hallway, with the entry door swinging into the hall space.  So a bench with drawers under it, or bins or baskets that slide out is not an option - the entry door could not be used at the same time as the bins/baskets/drawers were being accessed.

The closet is 24" deep - we didn't want to create shelving that is 24" deep at below the knee level - especially since most of the shoes are small kid shoes.  Stuff would get lost in the too deep shelving, and no one wants to get down on their hands and knees and dig it out.

So we came up with an idea to have shelving on the front, and a hinged top on the back for boot storage.

No wasted space, no too deep shelving, no door/drawer collisions!  

We love how this one turned out, and it was one of the easiest builds ever!  Here's how it went down -

We screwed a 2x2 cleat to the back wall, hitting studs in the wall.  The pencil line is at 18" and is also the height of the finished benches.  The cleat is attached 3/4" below the pencil line.

 

Then using 1x12s, we built two simple benches.  We built two so the benches could be easily set inside the closet without destroying the drywall.

We screwed the benches together at the front of the closet opening.   (We also added a back, I'll get to that in the plans below).

Then we just measured the distance from the back of the bench to the wall and ripped a 1x12 down to fit, giving about a 1/4" to allow the tops to open easily.  Those boards are attached to the benches with hinges.  (Holes are drilled later to assist with opening the lift tops)

We painted everything "In The Moment" - BEHR(r) Marquee.  It is the perfect turquoisey blue for furniture - not too bright or kiddish, but not a pastel or chalky, with a neutrel undertone.  

The Marquee paint is a true one coat coverage, making quick work of transforming lumber into .....

THIS amazing mudroom!

The paint was really the turning point.  I had planned on just white, but am so glad the #BEHRBOX inspired us to go with "In The Moment" by BEHR Paints(r). 

 

For the top, we worked with the existing shelf by adding a piece below it. 

Then we installed Liberty Hardware hooks for functionality and beauty. 

My favorite are the large coat hooks on the ends, also by Liberty Hardware, perfect for longer items.  You can never have enough hooks, and you can mix and match and it looks anything BUT boring.

This truly was an easy build, and we are so excited to share the bench plans with you below.  

Do share if you build!

XO Ana

PS - Do pin and share!

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Special thanks to Sausha for letting us create this tutorial from her laundry room bases.

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Reader submitted photo by CKAYE is slightly modified in length

 

Matching Slat Top Console  

I'm so glad you loved Jeff from A Touch of Arkansas's Modern Slatted Console Table (plans here).

 

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