I Have an Idea: Barn Door Desk (Part 2)


With this picture in hand, the hunt for sawhorses was on.

Next, it was time to hunt for the legs.

I liked the sawhorses pictured in my inspiration picture. Where do I find sawhorses? I checked out the usual suspects- Lowes, Home Depot- and they had options. I was leaning toward wood over plastic, since the sawhorses in my inspiration picture were made of wood. I was going to continue to investigate but knew I had a fallback plan.

Before I had a chance to purchase the sawhorses from a big box store, I had a stroke of luck that I would never have been able to see coming.

I was driving back from an antique store hunt with my daughter on, as they say, a dark and stormy night (or at least it was dark and rainy.) We were passing the road to an old haunt of mine when I was a visiting nurse.


It was the kind of place only visiting nurses would know about, because we know the nooks and crannies of our territory. I innocently told my daughter that it was called “The Weed Shop,” which led to some confusion over the term weed—after all, who would actually go to a store that sold weeds?! In fact, it was an old barn where they sold dried flowers, ribbons, and baskets.

We decided to take the detour and see if it was still there (and if I could find it.) Winding through the back country roads, I located the shop by memory. Because it was dark and raining, I couldn’t see a sign, but I remembered the entrance had a long driveway, so I decided to drive deeper into the property. I thought it might have changed since I was there last.


As I drove up to the building it became apparent that The Weed Shop was no more. Disappointed, I started turning around to leave when my headlights illuminated 4 wood sawhorses by the side of an old barn. They were piled up along other debris. I couldn’t believe my eyes. From what I could see from the car, they appeared to be handmade, stout and strong looking. They would be perfect.


How to contact the property owner to inquire about them? My daughter was on the case.

To be continued…

I Have an Idea: Barn Door Desk (Part 1)

I enjoy looking through magazines to get inspired. I cut out pictures and sometimes, just sometimes, I follow through, but I can’t live long enough to do all that I want to do. Luckily, I married an engineer, an engineer that rebuilt a 1965 Sunbeam Tiger with his best friend when they were 20. And when I say rebuilt, I mean rebuilt.

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I am so fortunate that he is also very patient, because often my projects become “our” projects.

I was watching an episode of Fixer Upper when a desk made from an old door with sawhorses for legs caught my eye. When I saw it again in a Life: Beautiful magazine featuring Chip and Joanna from the show, I immediately cut it out to use as a guide to turn my idea into reality.

Our current desk never really worked for us. It was too narrow to be of much use, so I felt justified to get started on this project!

The hunt for the door began. I scoured architectural salvage warehouses, antique stores, and flea markets, but I wasn’t having any luck. I had no idea old doors were so expensive or how picky I was going to be. Since it was going to be a desk, I didn’t want cut outs on the face of the door. Old doors were beautiful but not flat!

Just when I was considering making my own (or, more accurately, having my husband make one) I had a Miracle on 34th Street “Stop the car!” moment.

If you haven’t seen the 1947 version put it on your must see list!

We were driving by a small antique store when I saw a blur of green out of the corner of my eye.


I thought it could be door, so I asked my husband to turn the car around. To my delight, it was a sea foam green door propped up against the store.

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It was affordable, flat and a good size. My project was started!

Variations on a Theme: Benches

I grew up in a suburb of Detroit. The homes in my neighborhood were all ranch houses, with a choice of either red or white brick.


I enjoyed being invited into friends’ homes and was always surprised to see how different each house was on the inside when they were essentially all the same on the outside. The interiors reflected each family– unique, personal, and different.

As I was walking in my own neighborhood, I noticed the homes here had more variation in style, but people still put their own touches on their houses that make them uniquely theirs.

One surprising way was front porch benches. I had never really paid much attention to them before, but one day I noticed them, and once I did I couldn’t stop. As I noticed benches, I was surprised to realize how many different types there were!

Here are a few I saw in my neighborhood.



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Isn’t this adorable?!

Looking at my neighbors’ benches made me reflect on the people themselves and the community I live in. Having a bench on the front porch or on the front lawn is inviting, welcoming. The bench chosen tells you something about the people who live inside!

I think the people who live in the house with the little sleeping puppies must be a hoot! I just may introduce myself to them!