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Want to impress a 6 year old? DIY a Latch Containers Advent Calendar
White, Gold and Blue Wreath for the Holidays
Vinegar Solutions you’ve gotta try on Hometalk
Halloween Mason Jars
Copper Leaf Lamp Makeover just in time for Fall
DIY Gold Leaf Wall Art + Apartment Therapy Contest
My New DIY Designer Pot and Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree from IKEA
Crates an easy Toy Storage solution
Homemade Butcher Block Cleaner
Homemade Foot Stool
Fabric Covered Plywood
Fabric Covered Cork board In Dining Area
Burlap Wreath
How to make your Post-It’s
How to give your terra cotta pots an aged look
Gold Home Office Accessories
DIY mini kitchen rolling cart
DIY project; a basket to organize my kitchen counter
A Homemade Mother’s Day Gift for my Mother-in-law
IKEA bar stools spring makeover
Coming up: next DIY projects
DIY personalized birthday mug
DIY and organizing a pantry (part II)
DIY and organizing a pantry (part I)
3 easy Easter projects
Lucky Gold Elephant
DIY Desktop Carousel
Valentine Heart Wreath
Dipped Wooden Spoons in paint
My Craft Room
My Craft Room Organization and Storage ideas
How to install a Pegboard in a craft room DIY project
Bonus room; soon to be craft/office room UPDATED STATUS II
Easy Homemade toy for our toddler
DIY projects: How paint makes a difference
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas; Snow and Christmas decor
Inexpensive home made gifts for the Holidays
DIY Play dough for the Holidays
Gift wrapping ideas for the Holidays with brown craft paper
DIY Christmas ornaments
Homemade snow globes using mason jars
Decorate your space for the Holidays with these 3 inexpensive DIY projects using burlap
Advent Christmas Calendar
DIY projects … slight obsession with RED part II
Slight obsession with RED
Oups! What did I get myself into!
IKEA BILLY Bookcase Revamped (simple and small DIY projects)
DIY Grow chart
DIY Chalkboard
Reclaimed my old brown IKEA LEKSVIK desk
The Before and After of my old wicker baskets
The “BEFORE” and “AFTER” of my small home office

Reclaimed my old brown IKEA LEKSVIK desk

IKEA desk Lesvik white makeover

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.

 

IKEA LEKSVIK desk

IKEA Leskvik desk 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.

IKEA Leskvik desk brown painting in white

Rostoleum spray paint in white

spray painting IKEA desk

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.

IKEA white desk

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.

IKEA Lesvik desk white spray painting office makeover

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).

IKEA Desk with white and black chair in bedroom

IKEA desk Lesvik white makeover

I don’t think many people use their desks as nightstand but I went with it and love the idea!

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  • arzea says:

    OMG I love how this turned out!!! You did such a fabulous job! Next time (and my next time, I mean the TV Console I will be working on this week), I am going to use a primer, and maybe buy my own sander. Did you do all the sanding by hand?!?! That must have taken a lot of work! I love where you put it and it looks perfectly styled with that chair!! great job!!

    September 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much! yes the sanding was all by hand, it took a while in the garage but it was worth it. I think next time I take on a DIY project like this I will consider renting power sander. Thank you very much, I love where I placed it too, it looks good and it’s functional. I can’t wait to see your TV console, I’m sure it will look great! 🙂

      September 3, 2012 at 9:16 pm
      • arzea says:

        I am going to purchase a sander I think, they are only $40, and considering how many times I think I will use it , I think it will be worth it!

        September 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm
        • now at home mom says:

          If it’s only $40, I think I will consider buying it too! 🙂

          September 3, 2012 at 9:35 pm
      • arzea says:

        Actually I just ordered one off amazon and it was only $30!! I will let you know how it is after I use it later this week!

        September 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm
  • Princess Minx says:

    ooooh, I love this. That is the desk that I will be using for my vanity in my new house in a few months, and I love it with the upholstered chair!

    I’ve been going back and forth with my fiance about what kind of chair to use with it, and I love the look of the upholstered, but he thinks it will be too hard for me to scoot back/forth when I get up or sit down at the vanity. Do you have any trouble with this?

    September 3, 2012 at 7:09 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you, I love it too! I’m glad I finally did this, I was inspired by DOMESTIC HERO’s post! I have been using it as a nightstand, a place to place my books and as a vanity it’s been very practical too. I do have to admit that your fiance might be right about the upholstered chair, it is a bit difficult to scoot back and forth and I find the stool much more easy and practical. I do prefer the look of the upholstered chair so I will keep it for now! 🙂

      September 3, 2012 at 9:23 pm
  • 1akaruby3 says:

    Look very nice❕

    September 3, 2012 at 7:32 pm
  • marbin says:

    Wow you did a amazing job i can t wait to see your next idea again wow

    September 3, 2012 at 8:02 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you! I can’t wait to take on another DIY project! I will keep you guys posted! 🙂

      September 3, 2012 at 9:24 pm
  • arzea says:

    You are so awesome I nominated you for the 7 Things about Me Award!! Check it out here! http://azcubed.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/7-things-about-me-award-a-craigslist-find/

    September 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much DOMESTIC SUPERHERO! I Love that you nominated, it inspires me to continue to write about stuff I love! Thank’s again! This evening I will make sure to reply to the 7 Things about Me Award! Thanks again! 🙂

      September 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm
      • arzea says:

        You are welcome! I can’t wait to read more about you!

        September 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm
      • arzea says:

        You are welcome! I can’t wait to read more about you!

        September 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm

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