Happy New Year dear blog readers! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with lots of family, friends, food, and whatever makes you truly happy. I took a little blog break, in case you hadn’t noticed, and well…I like vacations! When I would return to the office, I hated the thought of having to go through the hundreds of emails in my Inbox, and the transition time it was going to take to get back in the swing of things. Well, the blog is no different! After 2 weeks of chilling at home playing with trains, planes and automobiles, as well as cuddling with LM by the fire, it’s hard to sit down and write again. But my head is about to burst with all the things I have to do and all the things I’d like to share with you, starting with this Ikea Hack Craft Desk Makeover!
I’m finally getting around to REALLY cleaning up my craft room. I mean, we’ve done alot, and I’m working in it now, but it’s nowhere near ready for a tour, you know? So that’s what I mean by “REALLY cleaning up my craft room”. As in, you are ALMOST allowed to see it … soon. You’ve already seen my new incredible storage system, and today I’m showing you my craft desk.
This started as an old Ikea desk that Drew owned in college. We’re um.. quite a few years out of college now, so it was pretty battered and a bit rickety. He had reinforced it by bracing the back with a crosspiece, but it just wasn’t a lot of space for me to use, even after removing the hutch on top.
Here’s the desk after some tender loving care. I filled in the dents with wood putty, sanded the whole thing down, primed and painted with Benjamin Moore Advance paint in Palladian Blue. I like that it’s a waterborne paint so it cleans easily, but levels out like it’s an oil based paint, and works great for furniture. It’s the same paint I used on the card catalog, and I love it on both pieces. After a few coats of paint, I sealed the surface with 3 coats of Minwax Satin Polycrylic Finish since the surface was definitely going to see some wear and tear.
The wood knobs were replaced with new black knobs. We debated on going with drawer pulls but decided to reuse the existing holes and just bought knobs instead.
The desk looked a lot better, and I lived with it for quite a while.
While wandering the Ikea showroom on a recent trip, I saw this Expedit desk system that included a 1-sided desk attached to a shelf. I plopped myself down, made myself comfortable and stared at this desk for a long while, trying to figure out how to use it in my craft room, because I had immediately fallen in love with the huge amount of SPACE this desk offered. I just wanted to spread myself out all over the desk and hug it! (I didn’t.) After dragging Drew back to join my contemplations, we floated a few ideas and came up with this beauty!
The Expedit desk uses metal bracket to clamp to its matching shelf system. But since it’s a clamp, we figured the we could attach the bracket to our existing desk, as long as both desks are at the same height. Drew lugged the desk home, set it up and within maybe a half hour had the two desks clamped together. We also removed the adjustable feet on the bottom of the Expedit to lower it to meet the height of the college desk.
So now, I have 2 generations of Ikea desks bracketed together to create a ginormous working space. If I had known about the 2nd desk, I would have painted my original one white, which would have made a better transition, but oh well!
It’s not the best looking desk in the whole world, but I love the functionality, and in case I haven’t said it enough, I love the space I now have!
What do you think? What sort of desk do you use for working or crafting?