Desks ikea desk 2-742451

Published on August 15th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Ikea Desk Makover under $50.00

Saw Horse Legs (Ikea offers different styles)
Glass top
Mona Lisa Gold Leafing
Mona Lisa Gold Leafing Glue
Wine (optional)

Description: I have been searching for a desk for my new studio in Lawrenceville for weeks. Everything was either overpriced crap or the same old, same old. My style is pretty Hollywood Regency and I have been gushing for gold lately. After searching the internet for DIY desk ideas, I came across Ikea Hackers and decided to give my own hack a whirl.

After some reservation, I decided to sleep with the enemy (and am not feeling one bit ashamed about it). I made my way through the maze of Made in China crap and kids on leashes, sorting for some sort of inspiration. After spotting these Vika Lerberg sawhorse legs, I was sold on the $10.00 a piece price tag and off we were.

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ikea desk 2-742451

I grabbed a glass of wine, effortlessly assembled and spray painted them gold. For the top, I had a spare piece of glass sitting around, so I used that. You can also get glass cut at (Cully Glass on Beaver Avenue in the North Side.)

The desk was missing something.. It was neat, and simple, but I didn’t feel satisfied with it the way it stood. I ended up heading to Hobby Lobby (AKA the black hole) and picked up some gold leafing. I gold leafed the under side of the glass– which sounds way more complicated than it actually is — and voila! A totally chic hollywood regency desk for under $40.00!!!

Morgan McCollum, Pittsburgh


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The Author

Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

One Response to Ikea Desk Makover under $50.00

  1. DZinerOne says:

    Really like your style…glam-eclectic…my style too! Definitely love that gold leaf effect. Thanks for posting this Hack and supplies used…especially the wine ;) You have inspired me to do this for my office…can’t wait to get going on this!

    Btw, where did you get that fantastic rug?


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