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IKEA Desk Transformation

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
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.
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.
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.
We put it all back together, and it now holds all of our things comfortably, making it easier to stay more organized!
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/

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  • Nancy A. Creese
    Nancy A. Creese Baltimore, MD
    on May 21, 2014

    very nice... over the top of the basket you could even add another shelf... and store your paper there... unless it's in the basket..lol. Nice job though.. looks good

    • Sypsie Designs
      Sypsie Designs Rochester, MI
      on May 21, 2014

      @Nancy A. Creese Thanks Nancy! What I forgot to add is that we're still deciding if we're going to add a shelf or a door to the new cubby- we didn't have the same ideas on it so we're waiting until something perfect pops up!

  • Darlene Patrick
    Darlene Patrick Tuxedo Park, NY
    on May 21, 2014

    cute! Not sure my butt would work on the stool thing, pillow or not.

    • Sypsie Designs
      Sypsie Designs Rochester, MI
      on May 21, 2014

      @Darlene Patrick Thanks Darlene! We use a computer chair with it normally but I'm on the hunt for a cuter one right now so this is a filler for the meantime : ) My butt doesn't like this stool either haha!

  • Michelle Hamill
    Michelle Hamill Missouri City, MO
    on May 21, 2014

    I have the same problem. Thank you for the inspiration. It looks fabulous !

  • Cheryl M
    Cheryl M North Little Rock, AR
    on May 21, 2014

    Fantastic job!

  • Suzy Lucas
    Suzy Lucas Pikeville, KY
    on May 21, 2014

    Love it. :)

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