ikea diy desk hack

Ikea DIY Desk Hack

Linnmon and Lerberg Ikea desk hackI got a new desk! I am just finishing off re-decorating my office/sewing room and I was badly in need of a new desk. I needed something that was going to be sturdy enough to sew off and something that would double up as an office desk too. I was looking at some second-hand desks and scrolling online but I couldn't find what I had in mind. I then had a look on the Ikea website for some ideas. I was also limited for space and was restricted in how big my desk could be. I stumbled across the Linnmon table top and loved that you can pick different legs to match. I wanted something that would pick up the new colours in my room so I decided to give my table a mini make-over so it would match my room better.

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Frumpy to Fab Desk Redo

This was just another plain Jane desk I bought at the thrift store, it really had no style on it's own. This was one of my first pieces I did about a year ago so it is weird to revisit now after doing so many other pieces since then. I would probably do a few things differently now, but this desk sold literally as I was delivering to the store, so I guess I did pretty good on my first desk redo.

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Sewing Desk Into Kids Desk

I found this sewing desk on the side of the road... see how I turned it into my kids desk on my blog... http://www.ccmcafeeperspective.com/2013/06/sewing-desk-turned-desk-project.html Here are a few images! Worked with plexi glass on this project, I included some tips.

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Harry Potter Inspired Desk Makeover

My daughter loves everything Harry Potter and asked for a desk in wizard style for her room.

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Paint An Old File Cabinet To Make A Large, Colorful Planter

Here is the blue planter completed and planted up and in situ with the red one I previously posted here. This blue one has Aloe Vera plants that were previously overcrowded in a terracotta pot (still have another dozen 'pups' or so to do something with) and the red has Cordyline - Sundance in it. Got this finished last night and nearly froze my tail off in the garden planting it up in the fading light. Had to enlist my husbands help with the final barrow load of compost/sand mix as my back was giving out with all the shovelling and shifting of soil/sand. It took more than I thought it would despite layering the first half of the file cabinet/planter with bark, branches and other garden debris to pad it out. I may lift the plants and add more soil yet. I top dressed with large river washed stones in black that I got from a local nursery. Both planters have these stones now. The blue file cabinet had no bottom so we cut a piece of scrap corrugated iron sheet to fit and I think it looks quite good! Keeps the soil in at that end. BTW if you did not see the red planter post then you may not realise this cabinet was painted as was the red one. Both cabinets were either ugly grey or beige and a little bit of rust here and there to start with. Products used to paint were Killrust Heavy Duty Primer and then Killrust Epoxy Gloss Enamel paint for the topcoat. Each had two coats of topcoat for good coverage. The red is Delicious Red and the blue is Ultra Blue. Both were painted by hand rather than spray as it was cheaper and the finish still came out good.

before after a diy desk makeover from the 1980 s, painted furniture

BEFORE & AFTER: A DIY Desk Makeover From the 1980’s

Please tell me, dear reader, would you have left this piece of wood furniture untouched?
Don’t answer that.
It wasn’t until I was looking at a picture of it and the realization hit me:

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Roadside Rescue

Found this pitched out to the trash and had to pick it up. The veneer on the sides was a little rough but the top and front were in salvageable shape!

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Had this pump organ in our garage for 10 years. FINALLY...was able to dig it out and bring it's BEAUTY back to LIFE! With my hubby's carpenter skills and my artistic flare...this BEAUTIFUL piece is now my Inspiration Center😊.

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Elegant Country Chic Desk Redo

This desk was beautiful just the way it was, but I had a client who wanted it painted a creamy white. There is a fun detail that I added to this one, a trick many do not realize they can do to furniture, textured wallpaper!
You can also see more pictures at facebook.com/Shabby2UniquelyChic

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Built-In Desk Reveal

We recently did a three room makeover by painting and adding wainscoting. It REALLY made such a difference in our house and we’ve been LOVING the facelift! What I didn’t show you, was the BIG nook in our family room that we left out of our makeover! Beware…. It’s pretty ugly.

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Removing Damaged Leather From a Desk

I purchased this desk at an online auction. There was some damage throughout on the wood veneer. But the biggest drawback was the damaged leather top. I was hoping to recondition the leather or perhaps paint over it, but in the end the damage was too severe, so I decided it had to be removed.

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Flea Market Flip, Metal File Box

One of my favorite DIY shows is Flea Market Flip. Contestants compete in groups of 2 to transform flea market items for the most profit. When I'm at the flea market, I too, like to look for things that can be transformed. My flip today is this old metal green file box. Can you see a bar cart?

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The Metallic Queen Anne

I found this beautiful vintage 1970’s Bassett desk on Craigslist. Sunflower husband went and picked it up with me and it was a perfect Saturday morning capped off with coffee in my Jayhawk Tervis and a visit to Menard’s.

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This End Up Desk Turned Kitchen Island

If you like to frequent thrift stores and you like to re-purpose furniture then check out this transformation.

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DIY Industrial Desk: No Power Tools Needed!

Our guest bedroom is tiny and I was in dire need of a long and narrow desk to maximize the 90 sq/ft space. After searching high and low for something I liked (that was also in my price range), I decided to make my own. Here is how I built a custom, industrial style, desk without using any power tools!

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DIY Filing Chest

Our home office is a small space, and our tall, boxy filing cabinet always made it feel extra crowded. To create a solution that didn't sacrifice on storage, I built a long, low chest that doubles as a bench! Inside, there's room for nearly four feet of hanging files, a sliding tray for office supplies, and a bulletin board for reminders and notes.
Today I'm sharing a quick view of how the parts come together, but you can always hop over to my blog, Build Basic, using the link below to see each detailed step, and a full cut list for this project!

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Modern Coastal Office Makeover

Hi friends! This modern space is WAY outside my design comfort zone but I really enjoyed putting it together! I incorporated some coastal elements by adding twine to the basket pendant, the oversized woven basket on my desk and paint dipped baskets on the bookshelves. The accessories, like the shell bowl, starfish, octopus print and large coral, also add a coastal touch.
This space has to wear so many hats. It’s a place for me to blog but also has to function as a small photography studio. We needed space for little man to do his homework as well as office supply and craft storage.

vintage school desk diy is a head of the class, chalk paint, painted furniture

Vintage School Desk DIY is a Head of the Class

Hubby and I found this adorable vintage school desk when we were out antiquing. I couldn’t help but take it home and give it some love. This DIY will certainly take this sad little desk to the head of the class.

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Champagne Shimmer Makeup Vanity

This is my idea of a simple Vanity Makeover using only 2 colors.

queen anne chair gets a shabby chic makeover

Queen Anne Chair Gets A Shabby Chic Makeover

I am super excited to share this shabby chic makeover with you today. My co-worker from my kickboxing studio gave me 3 chairs that were a cluttering up her space. I decided to start the makeover process with the odd man out. The arm chair (The other 2 that I received are armless dining chairs).I thought this chair would make a great vanity or home office desk chair. Shabby chic is a style that I know many love.Here Are The BEFORE Photos!

strip furniture a natural wood furniture makeover

Strip Furniture: A Natural Wood Furniture Makeover

Do you know how to strip furniture? I’ll admit that since I’ve learned more about wood, I’m falling in love with the look of natural wood furniture after stripping off the existing finish. I know that painted furniture is still a hot commodity, but there’s nothing like raw, gorgeous wood, guys.See how I transformed this $59.99 drafting table from the thrift store.

salvaged wood desk transformed with chalk paint bubble wrap and faux leather, chalk paint, painted furniture

Salvaged wood desk transformed with chalk paint, bubble wrap and faux leather

I found this wood desk on the curb, wanted to try to keep the original wood finish but it was just too far gone, so I spruced it up with some chalk paint, a faux leather top, and added bubble wrap and plaster texture to the drawer fronts.

fusion roll top desk

Fusion Roll Top Desk

My daughter chose this replica antique roll top desk for her birthday present. It was an ugly orangy stain color, so boring and blah, she chose a warm white with her very favorite color inside to pop!

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Indoor Gardening: Filing Cabinet Makeover

You can't have too many indoor plants during the winter time! They remind us of the new life and growth about to burst forth in the spring and give us something to look forward to! I was inspired to do an indoor garden after seeing some shots on Pinterest of plants spilling out of card catalogue drawers. I have a card catalogue and would have loved to do that, but it's much too useful right now as an organizer in my craft studio! To compensate, I thought of another similar idea using another piece that we already had! When my brother-in-law moved from his old house, there was on old retro filing cabinet in the basement left by previous owners that he wanted to get rid of. Hubs decided to bring it home and find a new use for it.

from dated desk to french secretary, how to, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling

From Dated Desk to French Secretary

Find out how I took a dated desk, added a book shelf, and got this!