After reading and looking at the beautiful pictures on “DOMESTIC SUPERHERO”’s blog : DIY Dresser Refinishing! , I was inspired to reclaim my old brown IKEA LEKSVIK desk into a pretty white desk that sits now in my bedroom as a double-duty desk/night-stand.
On her post, DOMESTIC SUPERHERO provides us with all the details and step-by-step that I followed of how to reclaim a beautiful piece of furniture with sanding and painting. She also picked up new hardware for her piece and it gave it a new life. The result was worth it! I highly recommend you visiting her blog.
So, last week, I got some sand paper, spray primer, spray white paint, my old t-shirt, old jeans and my old cap. I was ready to start this little DIY project.
The desk was in our garage, scratched and damaged by my hubby’s disregard for nice things. I left the door open and started sanding.
My hubby got a good laugh at this, because it is the first time he sees me doing something like this. Sanding the desk was a bit complicated because the brown color was hard to remove at first.
After the desk was sanded, my hubby helped me with the painting, we brought it to our yard and we started with the first coat of spray-primer.
It was easy to do because we didn’t have to use a roll to paint, we just sprayed it. This first process took us around 20 minutes, we let it dry outside for an hour before adding a second coat of primer.
We used the RUST-OLEUM plastic primer because it was the primer we had around the house. It worked well.
That evening we thought it was going to rain, we decided to move the desk back in our garage. Bad idea. Despite being dry to the touch after one hour of application, my hubby moved the desk, the primer came off where he touched it. We left the desk in our basement and the next day we took it back into our garage and sprayed it with two coats of white paint. Even if the garage was well ventilated, we could smell the paint in our garage and basement all day.
We left the desk in our garage for 4 days, we didn’t want to take any risks of ruining the paint again.
We then had to figure out where we were going to display this desk.
As you may know from my earlier posts, we don’t have much space in our house and a second desk would not fit in our basement. So I had this idea of using this now pretty-white desk in our master bedroom as a double-duty desk/nightstand.
We bought our house over two years ago and we never got around to buy any night stands for our master bedroom, so this worked out well, now I get to have this functional piece, to put the books that I’m reading (I read a lot) and maybe use it as a vanity too.
I love it in our bedroom, it doesn’t feel like a desk.
I took a couple of pictures for you to see: the desk with an Asian inspired garden stool and the other one with my upholstered chair. I haven’t decided which one I will keep (the stool or the chair).
I don’t think many people use their desks as nightstand but I went with it and love the idea!