Does anyone else have a room in their house where they just don’t know what to do with it? We do! For us, that room is our den where we have been using it as a combination of home office/random knickknack/piano room for the past 2 years. No more! We finally decided to give that room a nice makeover by removing our current desk, assembling different IKEA drawers and tabletops to make a custom desk for me and the hubby, and adding a new shelf for more storage. Our new workspace now ROCKS hard core!
I’m SO in love with what our workspace office looks like now! We have so much more space for both of us to work at the same time and oh! All that storage! How can two people accumulate so many random trinkets over the years? At least now, we have somewhere to store all of our precious things.
I put together a quick tutorial on how we gave our workspace a makeover. It’s relatively simple, but changes our room for the better. Enjoy!
***Please note that there are affiliate links in my post below. Know that by clicking on them, you won’t be charged anything extra, but any profits that are made will be to help me keep the website up and running. Thanks for the support and being awesome!***
- ALEX drawer, IKEA, (3 drawers)
- GERTON tabletop, IKEA, (2 tabletops)
- Pre-stain wood conditioner
- Wood stain (we used the Dark Walnut stain)
- Sandpaper, 220-grit
- Polycrylic, Clear Satin
- Wood shelf
- Rustoleum Spray Paint (we used the Aged Copper spray)
Surprisingly, assembling the IKEA drawers was relatively simple and straight-forward! We all know how the assembly diagrams can be
horribly inaccurate and anger-inducing tricky!
What took up the most time was staining the tabletops and shelf. While this is an unnecessary step if you’re happy with the natural color of the tabletop, we have multiple items in our house (such as our dining room table and hutch) that are stained, so we chose to keep the same theme going in our workspace.
Use your sandpaper to sand down the tabletops in order to make it smoother. Make sure that you clean all of the sand and dust off of the worktop with a wet rag or tack cloth. Apply the pre-stain wood conditioner with a brush over the entire surface area. Once you cover your tabletop, use a dry paper towel to wipe off any excess conditioner. This step is important because it helps prevent streaks and blotches by leveling out the absorption of the stain (which you’ll apply next).
Within one hour of applying the wood conditioner, it’s time to get the stain on the wood. It can be applied with either a synthetic brush or clean cloth. Make sure to brush in the direction of the grain. We let it soak for approximately 15 minutes, but your setting time could be shorter or longer depending on the color you’re looking for. With a clean rag, wipe off any excess stain that hasn’t absorbed into the wood.
Once the top is dried, you can sand, wipe and apply a coat of the Polycrylic next. Make sure you follow the instructions on the packaging because the wait time in between layers will depend on the product that you get. We did 4 coats for the top and only 1 coat on the underside since no one should ever see the bottom of our desk. We may have overdone it with 4 layers but we wanted to make sure that the worktop was sturdy and that we wouldn’t leave marks if we write on the table.
The most important part of staining (or painting, or applying Polycrylic) is SAND, SAND, SAND! This ensure that the products adhere properly to the surface and it also makes your surface super smooth.
We repeated the exact same steps with our shelf, which we purchased at Lowes. Because our room is so long, we chose to get a board that was 96″ x 11″. We then drilled 4 brackets to the wall, and drilled the shelf on top of the brackets. The ones we purchased were white, so we spray painted them with the Rustoleum Aged Copper color so that they would blend in more.
I’m so excited to have my own dedicated workspace in our home office now! Hopefully my hubby forgives me for girly-fying this space. I need something pretty to look at when I’m working.
And that’s it! This is how we updated our home office!
Have you updated your workspace lately? I’d love to see some pictures :).