Here are a few options that I have come up with to work around that big fat hole!
Simply tack down the flaps and putty the seams...making for a nice, simple desk.
Or do what we did here...tacked down one side of the "flap", build a box under the area where the sewing machine would go and add a piano hinge to the other "flap". Makes for an awesome vanity!
Here is my new FAVORITE! I have been obsessed with (SOO many things) painting glass, in particular....back painted glass and have done it in different projects around my home. I love, love, LOVE the color coral and gold together and thought this would be a perfect project to use color combo.
I had a sheet of glass that was from an table project that had cracked on the edges. I took this to my friends over at Vos Glass where they cut my broken piece to the perfect dimensions of this desk top.
In one spray booth I was spraying the beautiful coral lacquer color. In another spray booth, I was back painting/spraying the glass and the original hardware in this gorgeous metallic gold color by Valspar. I sealed both the hardware and the back-painted glass for durability.
See what is underneath the glass I put on top! A big ol' hold! But who cares! With this beautiful sheet of metallic glass on top you would never know! And check out the nice, deep drawers on this piece.