Before & After: Jazzing Up an Ikea Desk

Before & After: Jazzing Up an Ikea Desk

Jason Loper
Jul 18, 2011

There's nothing exactly wrong with this IKEA desk as-is. With its simple shape and functional design, it's a grand little desk for a home office. Oh but wait until you see how it has been transformed!

Amazing, right? It's like the desk got a million dollar makeover!

Marci, over at the blog Timber and Lace, transformed her IKEA desk using old wood scraps from her father's wood shop, some paint, and a healthy portion of patience.

To create the new top for the desk, Marci glued walnut wood scraps onto a large piece of MDF. And this is where the patience comes in. For starters, as Marci admits in a post about the process, she applied a little too much glue to a few of the scraps, which caused them to heave. Don't you hate it when you hit a bump in a DIY? After repairing the faulty scraps, Marci planed and sanded (and sanded and sanded) the newly created desktop. Once the desktop was smooth, Marci applied 5 coats of a tung oil, linseed oil, spar urethane, and varnish mixture and then glued the entire thing to the top of the desk. To finish off the look, Marci painted the remaining parts of the desk white and spray painted the formerly flat finish leg with a metallic metal finish.

Check out the full post on this gorgous IKEA hack over at Marci's blog: Timber and Lace.

Images: Timber and Lace

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