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IKEA Desk Transformation

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Before this desk update, our office area was always a mess. A lack of storage and workspace meant things piled up easily, and our printer was forced to live on an end table next to the couch. Not so pretty... So, we decided to makeover the tiny IKEA desk we already owned to save some cash, and here's how we did it!
Time: 2 Hours Cost: $35 Difficulty: Medium
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To give the desk more much needed storage and a larger top so we had more work space and room for our printer, we built an additional cubby on the left side out of a piece of 3/4" MDF board and a 1x3.
  • ikea desk transformation, chalk paint, craft rooms, home decor, home office, painted furniture
Next, we painted the entire piece with three coats of a homemade chalk paint in an off-white color. We added clear wax once it was all dry as a protective layer, and changed out the IKEA drawer handle with something darker and sturdier from The Home Depot.
  • ikea desk transformation, chalk paint, craft rooms, home decor, home office, painted furniture
For the top, we added three 1x8's stained in our favorite way- a black tea, apple cider vinegar and steel wool method. We love it because it can be done inside our apartment with minimal ventilation! After that was dry we added three coats of clear satin poly.
  • ikea desk transformation, chalk paint, craft rooms, home decor, home office, painted furniture
We put it all back together, and it now holds all of our things comfortably, making it easier to stay more organized!
  • ikea desk transformation, chalk paint, craft rooms, home decor, home office, painted furniture
  • ikea desk transformation, chalk paint, craft rooms, home decor, home office, painted furniture
  • ikea desk transformation, chalk paint, craft rooms, home decor, home office, painted furniture
We love how it has a little Pottery Barn flair to it and it definitely fits our farmhouse style much more than the original. Thanks for reading! : )

To see more: http://sypsie.com/2014/05/14/ikea-desk-makeover-homemade-chalk-paint/

Got a question about this project?

  • Lisa Agee
    Lisa Agee Hugheston, WV

    What is the recipe for the stain you used on the top? Just love the way it looks. The entire piece is great!

    • Sypsie Designs
      Sypsie Designs Rochester, MI

      @Lisa Agee Thanks Lisa! We paint a coat of condensed black tea (we use two bags and about 1/2 cup of water) on the wood and let that dry for about 30 minutes. Next, we follow up with two coats of a mixture of steel wool (grade #0000 found in hardware

  • Melissa Witmer
    Melissa Witmer Romney, IN

    Thanks for the stain explanation:)

  • Marilyn McClelland
    Marilyn McClelland Newport News, VA

    I like what you've done here, and the colors blend nicely. Thanks for the stain recipe.

  • Cathy Smith
    Cathy Smith Warsaw, NY

    Great use of space. Looks terrific

  • Libby Smart
    Libby Smart Centreville, MD

    The basket on the left would be claimed by my car who loves to help me with my work, but great job. Gives me a couples of ideas. Thanks

    • Sypsie Designs
      Sypsie Designs Rochester, MI

      @Libby Smart I know what you mean- our cat uses it as a scratching post haha : ) Thanks for the sweet comment!

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