IKEA Desk Makeover


Many years ago we bought this desk at IKEA.  It fit our space and that was our single requirement.  It stuck out a few inches from the alcove but that wasn’t really a big deal to us.  After a few bumped heads on the corner of the desk the issue became one that needed a resolution.  You can see the wear that the surface was showing –  not pretty! 

While finishing up our wood floors, we decided to give the desk a little makeover.  We had to take the desk out anyways and that was half the trouble.


After taking the desk apart, we used the table saw to take off a few inches.

My husband sanded it down and applied a couple coats of white paint.


I taped up the table and spray painted it with Metallic Bronze paint.  I even added a decorative corner.


Here it is looking much nicer than it did before.  A relatively easy fix for what used to by an eyesore in our family room.

I am really enjoying the look of my “new” desk.  It really fits in well in our room – especially with our new floors!

Linking up here.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Awesome! What kind of white paint did you use for your desk?

  2. Beautiful! It looks great!! =D

  3. Looks great! If you haven’t already, would you share this here?


  4. I love this!! I do hope you’ll come by and link up at my party, Stitch n’ Niche Saturdays. Here’s the link in case you want to join in. http://www.coffeeandtheirkisses.com/2011/10/stitch-n-niche-saturdays-4.html

  5. Awesome transformation!

  6. It looks great! Nice job!

  7. It looks beautiful! Great job!


  8. Lovely makeover, great how it turned out and lovely colours too :)

  9. Great makeover!

  10. Looks awesome! Great job

  11. Great transformation– I love to see Ikea pieces personalized. :)
    Visiting from TTJ!

  12. Great makeover! It crazy that it fits so well in that nook. Thanks for sharing.

  13. WOW, it looks so expensive now!! Great job! I would love for you to link up tomorrow to Coffee and Conversation Thursday @ Passionatelyperfect.com! Your newest follower!

  14. Great way to revive the furniture, it take a lot of patience n space…. i wonder if I can do it in apartment living

  15. Great makeover! I love the white!

  16. Here from HOH… I am currently typing on a keyboard thats resting on top of that same desk but in black… and each time I lift my arms from it there are bits and pieces of blk paint stuck to my arms… Ughhh Im sooo happy I just saw your post. This thing is getting painted ASAP!!!!!!!

  17. I see those desks all the time, what a neat way to make them look more modern and hip. Thanks for linking up to Refresh Your Nest Friday!

  18. you did a great job!

  19. Looks awesome! Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday.


  20. Nice transformation! Looks fantastic!

  21. well done
    in transforming a boring old desk
    into something special

    thanks for sharing at fridays unfolded!


  22. Looks great! What a difference a little paint makes!

  23. looks great! i love the decorative corner.

  24. wow it is really fantastic.. thanks for sharing this great article to us! well done!

  25. What a great fix! I love it!

  26. I really wish I lived closer to Ikea! It takes me almost 2 hours to get there….grrr!!!

    Great project and thanks for sharing!

  27. Wow. You did an awesome job in fixing and making sure the table fits.

  28. Great Ikea hack. Looks awesome. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  29. Fab job!

  30. Love the new look! :) you just reminded me that I need to go to Ikea and buy me a table.. That sounds funny but it’s true..
    Thanks for linking up at Friday fun party..

  31. Great re-do! I love the stripe, it’s simple and very effective.

  32. Cool desk! I was just at an Ikea over the weekend. Check out what I bought…


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