Vika Amon

Published on November 16th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


VIKA desk goes glam

Description: My bedroom has various wood finishes represented and I wanted a desk that would look modern and incorporate multiple finishes. I also wanted it to look expensive…and of course I had only a small amount to spend.

When researching /browsing IKEA hacker, I came across the rustic stool seen here.

The burning technique looked cool but a little too light still so I chose to stain and finish for a shine.

IKEA items:
VIKA Amon unfinished pine desktop 47×23
VIKA LEIF desk legs
KASSETT boxes, white

Non-IKEA Items:
face mask for dust and fumes
sandpaper, fine and medium grit
small blow torch
1 special-ordered glass top
4 special-ordered glass shelves
8 L-brackets

1. So to begin I sanded the entire top and sides of the desk to rough up the surface for burning (medium grit). I didn’t worry about the underside since it’s not visible.

2. Turn on the blow torch (local hardware store – $25). This part was nerve-wracking until I started, then it was AWESOME. Very little threat of messing up your project since you sand it all anyway.

3. Lay the torch at such an angle that the flame licks across the surface as you move horizontally. The sap will rise up and burn a bit but don’t worry. It’s sand-able. Don’t go too light with the burning cause it gets dramatically lighter as you smooth the surface with fine sandpaper. I did the whole table twice with a sand in between and one at the end.

4. Then with a wet cloth, I wiped it down and started the staining process. I did two coats of a honey gold stain. Then I sprayed two coats of gloss which must dry in between coats. I stopped when the shine was good (not perfect as I knew I was using glass in the end). Don’t kill yourself.

5. I assembled the legs and measured the inside spaces for the glass. Ordered from an online dealer and picked up 2 days later. $120.

6. Measured the same height up on each leg for the L-brackets. Used a level before drilling anything. measure. mark. measure. Level. drill.

7. Placed the bottom shelves on the base, placed the elevated shelves on the L-brackets. I used the KASSETT boxes to hide all my electronic wires since it has the openings at both ends to keep it all cool. And voila! My new desk incorporates a modern feel with the mixed wood finishes and the color is rich. I’m in love.

~ Kelley, Conshohocken, PA

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23 Responses to VIKA desk goes glam

  1. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic work… Love what you did with the desk! Would love to get the same look, but enjoy the wood service and therefore not use the glass top. If I take that route, is there a better combination of stains and glosses I should use to enjoy the look but a comfortable wood service? Thanks!

  2. Zarah says:

    Wow… How clever! And the result is stunning! :D

  3. Anonymous says:

    hello! what brand of honey stain did you use by chance?

  4. WF says:

    Amazing idea. Thanks for your share.

  5. Kelley says:

    Wanted to answer some questions…
    1. CORRECTION!!! Table top is VIKA FURUSKOG, untreated pine. $40. One size.

    2. Used a wet cloth to catch all the dust particles before staining to ensure a smooth finish.

    3. The $120 glass order included a large table top and 4 glass shelves. I was stoked to have it in 24hrs! Was the cheapest I found in my area. DEFINITELY recommend the glass top as I have no need for coasters or worry about spills etc.

  6. labyrinthine says:

    I love this! Did you use water or oil based stain and did you condition the wood first? Thanks!

  7. Anonymous says:

    This looks spectacular! Very nice job!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I would say, that it is the Vika Furuskog table top. It’s made from pine and is untreated

  9. kerberos says:

    “Isn’t $120 expensive for 4 little piece of glass?”

    Look closer, beyond the 4 smaller shelves the whole tabletop has a big slab of glas covering the whole top.

  10. Christian says:

    This is just plain awesome… Thumbs up!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Looks great. Isn’t $120 expensive for 4 little piece of glass?

  12. William says:

    Where can you find that unfinished desktop? I only see the finished one on the website. Looks killer!

    Thank you.

  13. Donna says:

    THIS is awesome. Good job (and really clear instructions, too!)

  14. Trish says:

    Chuck, I see it here on the Canada website.

    Great hack, love how you brought the woodgrain to life!

  15. eva says:

    this is looks simple but stylish. i love the look of this table.

  16. Rob Carpo says:

    Awesome job! I really like the look of that. Light, clean lines and the top looks GREAT! Kudos!!!

  17. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    I hope you’re proud of yourself, because you did a GREAT Job with this!

  18. Chuck in Belpre says:

    Hmmm…checked Ikea’s website and there is no such desktop. What am I missing?

  19. Shawn says:

    Looks great, just curious why did you use a wet cloth to wipe it down before you stained? Were you trying to raise the grain?

  20. Anonymous says:

    looks amazing – well done

  21. Anonymous says:

    Super brilliant! Good on you!

  22. melissa says:

    wow I love love love that wood grain! I had no idea you could do that with a blow torch. Thanks so much – we’ll be using this!

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