I was particularly drawn to the dark metal trestle legs. Ikea carries a gray types of these legs for $10.99 each. We picked up a few over the holidays while we were in Canton. I also really loved the thick, wooden table top look. Ikea had this butcher block table top that I liked, but it was $80, more than we were willing to spend. Ultimately, we decided we could make our own.
- A 10ft x 12in x 2in pine board--cut down into two 5ft pieces
- Two 20in x 1in x 1in pine beam
- 8 12 x 2 1/4 wooden screws
- Miniwax Pre-stain Wood Conditioner
- Miniwax Special Walnut Stain
- Paint brush that can be used with oil base products
We bought our pine board and beams at Lowes. The 10ft board cost about $14. We cut the board in half to make a 5ft desk top. The boards ended up being just slightly uneven, but you can hardly tell in the finished product. We bought a 8ft x 1in x1in beam and had Lowes cut it down into 20 inch segments. The whole 8ft beam cost less than $2. Before building the table top, we made sure to sand down the tops and sides of the boards and beams to get them completely smooth.
After pre-staining, I applied two coats of the Miniwax Special Walnut Stain. I had seen this color of stain in a project on Pinterest and really loved the finish. When I went to buy the stain however, the color on the can and example in the store looked significantly different from the Pinterest picture I had seen. I was nervous buying it, but loved the final product. It looked very different from the color on the can.
I was pretty happy with our Ikea hack and even happier with the final price tag. $40 for a desk is not bad. I'd love to see your favorite Ikea hacks!