Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that unless they’re super simple, I nor have the patience or the talent to DIY much of anything, let alone an Ikea desk hack. Don’t get me wrong – I’m quite confident in my abilities in the creative department, but I’m very much an advocate of knowing where said skill-set lies and then staying in my lane. But my friend Jess? Well she’s a master at ALL of the things. For real – all of them. The woman is incredible, and I’m certain that everything she touches turns to gold.
We actually worked closely together years ago at SMP Living, and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing her in action first hand time and time again. So when she picked up this super inexpensive Ikea desk for her studio, and then proceeded to wrap it in linen to bring it to next-level status, I was equally impressed (per usual), as I was jealous of her creativity (per usual – ha!). The results look rich and luxurious, and you’d never know it’s an Ikea desk hack – which is exactly what you want from an Ikea desk hack (am I right!?) It turns out, it’s simple enough that it’s something I feel even I could do, and I’ve asked her to share her step by step guide below – to which she kindly obliged (thanks, Jess!)
Note: if you do tackle this bad boy, please share on Instagram using #LarkandLinenDIY – I’d love to take a peek at your results
Ikea MICKE desk
2 1/2 yards cotton or linen fabric
2 sheets of foamboard
2 gold t-bar handles
Large foam paintbrush
Utility knife or exacto knife
Fabric measuring tape
Drill bit (matching or slightly larger than the size of the screws for your drawer pulls, ours was ⅜”)
1) Assembly the desk according to Ikea’s instructions. Leave the drawers out for the moment.
2) Cut 2 pieces of foamcore to fit the shape inside the open metal legs on the left side of the desk. I cut a large rectangle that was roughly the size, then traced the curved areas with a pencil and cut those out after.
3) Tape the foamcore inside the left desk legs, so that they are as flush as possible with the legs.
4) Mark the drawer fronts where the screws will need to go for the handle to be centered on each drawer. Drill a hole at each pencil mark.
5) Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles.
6) Pour some mod podge on the disposable plate and brush it on the right leg of the desk. Gently press on the fabric and adjust it until it is even with the lines of the leg. Lift up the unglued portion of fabric and spread mod podge underneath. Lay down fabric and smooth out any air bubbles and press into place. Keep going section by section until the entire leg is wrapped. You may have to make some cuts as you wrap under the desktop as the height changes under the desk. Trim any excess fabric.
7) Repeat step #5 on the left leg.
8) Cut pieces of fabric to be slightly larger than the desk drawers (about a 1/2 inch on all sides). Brush mod podge onto front of desk drawers and gently press on fabric pieces and smooth out air bubbles. Wrap the excess around the sides of the drawer fronts, cut at the corners so they can fold evenly, and mod podge in place. Cut a small x at the screw holes for the handles.
9) Cut a thin strip of fabric the size of the rim of the desk top. Use mod podge to cover that top section, as well as the thin vertical section between the drawers.
10) Install the handles in the drawer fronts and put the drawers into the desk.