My Ikea Hack

My Ikea Hack   //

Console_2A few years ago I stupidly sold a killer acrylic console table in a fit of re-decorating mania and I’ve regretted it ever since.  It jenga’d perfectly in the small space we’d carved out of our living room helping create the illusion of a proper entry.  And I can’t say enough about how important an entry space is for me.  It’s that place you dump everything and without a landing zone to organize it all, those accumulated piles drive me bonkers.  BONKERS, I tell you!

So I was on the hunt for a replacement.  I’d recently fallen for a minimal and modern console from Blu Dot (a store with many pieces I covet) called the Strut.  But, sadly, it was too big. I considered springing for a new acrylic console table from CB2 but couldn’t pull the trigger out of sheer principal.  Then I turned to Craigslist, spending countless late night hours trolling the listings in search of some perfectly sized vintage find.   No such luck.   I had to get creative.

Then one day I magically found myself at Ikea.  I swear I have no idea why I was there, but I was walking through the office section and noticed this little “laptop” table.  Slim, metal and the right size.  Like, PERFECTLY the right size.  Plus it had a simple glass top!  Score!  The blah-grey finish was totally changeable and with a price tag of $39.99, it was worth the effort.

My Ikea Hack

Since the blah-grey had to go, I ran through a few different color options first thinking yellow would be funky and bold and then maybe a teal-blue, but ultimately settled on white.  See, I’m a Gemini which means I change my mind, A LOT, and white so perfectly allows me to do that.  Over and over and over again.

So, how best to turn this puppy white?  Good old fashioned spray paint.  Powder coating was definitely my first option but proved to be way too expensive so off to Home Depot and back with two cans of Rust-Oleum.  I read a lot about needing to sand the surface and use a auto-grade spray paint but that sounded like a lot of work.  I settled for one-step ease and ended up using two cans of White Gloss with a built in primer.

Desk_mid paint

Almost complete!  The table comes with dark brown screw-on feet and dark brown felt surface guards for the glass top which just wouldn’t do.  Luckily, I found clear vinyl surface guards at Home Depot for the glass top and larger squarish guards for the feet of the table.

And, viola!   A modern, minimal console table for under $60!


The Ingredients:
Ikea VITTSJÖ Laptop Table
Rust-Oleum All Surface Paint & Primer in White Gloss
Vinyl Surface Guards – two sizes