Tuesday, November 6, 2012

IKEA HACK OFFICE DESKS

If you've been following me at all you will know I'm not a DIYer, but you will be so proud of Jamie and I for doing our own little Ikea Hack job on the Vika Amon table for our desks at the new office. We chose this desk because of the beautiful glossy white top and the GREAT price (only $55 for the table + legs!!)

Here is what the desk and legs normally looks like (we bought the white legs).
As you know we are a little obsessed with gold, so naturally we thought "You know what would look good with that glossy white top? Gold legs!" So Jamie made a quick run to Home Depot and bought the Rust-Oleum Metallic gold spray paint.


These metal legs didn't need any prep besides making sure they were clean. We took the legs outside to the parking lot and laid down the Ikea box from the table top. Then in quick downward sprays we sprayed the legs. Try to spray as continuously and in the downward motion as much as possible to avoid dripping from spraying in one place too long.



Here is the leg finished and drying.


And after we let them dry for a couple of hours we came back to the office and assembled the desk. Here is our finished product!


Isn't that SO much better than the original desk? I LOVE this metallic paint. The legs really look like brass and the ordinary screws look like nice brass bolts. It really classed up the desk.

And you can see our new office in the background - isn't it pretty?! We are so excited to be at this new office space and even more excited at how I can better serve my clients with the huge design library and great resources.

Also notice that this photo is an Instragram photo! Yes, I finally left the dark ages and got my first iPhone! I only have one photo posted but I would love some followers - I'll be posting great photos of our projects, and great furniture finds. My Instagram name is MARIANNEBROWN12.

Hope you enjoyed my little DIY. (Now I'm going to let my bruised spraying finger rest - spray painting is hard work!)

22 comments:

  1. So cute. If you spray paint again, get one of those gun-looking attachments that make it easier on your fingers!

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    1. Good idea! You must be a seasoned DIYer:) Thanks for the tip!

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  2. They make a huge difference in spray painting!

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  3. What an adorable idea!!! The desk looks fantastic. I recently spray painted some inexpensive ikea curtain rods and they look like expesive brass.

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  4. As you can tell by me sort of enthusiastic instagram comment I'm kind of excited about this. Do you think this table would be sturdy enough for a dining room, or narrow enough for console table look?

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    1. I love it! I get very excited about these things as well and I'm so glad I have a friend to share in the excitement! It doesn't have a way to secure the top to the legs (just rubber stoppers) so I'm not sure about the dining table. If you could secure it I would love it for a small dining table. It would work as a console but it is wider than a standard console. I would use it for either, depending on the space.

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  5. Beautiful! I've used that very same gold spray paint and I love it - it makes everything better :)

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  6. Your desk looks amazing. I can't wait to see your office come together. Exciting.

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  7. Andrea @ life.love.larson.November 7, 2012 at 6:30 AM

    I am obsessed with this gold spray paint! The table looks so custom now! Great job!

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  8. This is great! The spray painting really made a spectacular result! I would love to try this at home. I've been planning to make some makeover in my small office at home. These ideas would truly help me get through!

    -BKMOffice.com

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  9. {I don't know if my reply went through so I'll say it again} From one Ikea hacker lover of gold to another, amazing job!

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  10. Great idea, i did something similar with my dining table..so much better!

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  12. This is such an awesome idea!!

    Clare x

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  13. So pretty and simple! I, too, love gold. Thanks for this..

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  14. Can I ask how you attached the legs? Or is the top just sitting on top, unattached?

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    1. Also wondering about this as well - Did you find a solution?

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    2. It's just sitting on top, but honestly I haven't had any issues with it. I use it every day as my work desk and no problems.

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