Create a Luxe Sawhorse Desk with Painted IKEA Parts

Create a Luxe Sawhorse Desk with Painted IKEA Parts

Taryn Williford
Sep 14, 2011

If you can afford the hefty price tag of Williams Sonoma Home's metallic Mason Glass Top Desk, more power to you. As for the rest of us who don't have $1,500 collecting dust in our furniture fund, here's an IKEA hack that gets the same look for less.

The girls from Matters of Style decided to skip the expensive Williams Sonoma desk (top, left) and DIY their own metallic-legged workspaces.

Both inspired by the $1,500 sawhorse-desk-to-end-all-sawhorse-desks, they each combined glass desktops with two sets of IKEA's most popular sawhorse-style legs, the VIKA LILLEBY ($15 each, top right) and the VIKA LERBERG ($10 each, bottom) trestles.

And how did they add that little touch of glam? By spray painting the legs with a super-metallic spray paint.

You can get the same look from IKEA parts or by making over your own desk at home. These ladies went with a Krylon Metallic gold paint to get the look of bronze legs, but you could give your office a silver finish to get closer to the Williams Sonoma look.

If you're painting wood to try and look like metal, be sure to give your desk's legs a generous coat or two of primer beforehand. If you're trying to metal-up plastic pieces, try out a wax-metallic finish like Rub n' Buff.

via Matters of Style

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