24 Sep 2013

Gilded Ikea Vittsjo Desk

When we moved into our house one of the first problems I had to solve was where to put my computer. I wanted to be in one of the main living areas, but not right smack dab in the middle of everything.  Our old computer desk was great in the basement of the old house, but was too big to fit in any sort of nook in the new house.  I set the computer up on the dining room table for a few days while I figured out the right spot.  After getting used to the flow of the house, I realized that a little wall in the living room (close to the front door) would be the perfect spot.  The only problem was that we didn't have the perfect furniture for the space. 

So, we did what any good consumer would do and hit up Ikea. As soon as I saw the Vittjso Laptop Table I knew it would be perfect. It's skinny, doesn't feel too heavy in the space, and the best part...it was $39.99! You seriously can't go wrong for that price. 

Mr. Swell assembled it for me in a matter of minutes and I set myself up.

kea Vittsjo Laptop Table - Before

It was good, but it felt a little bit blah. I wanted something a little fancier for the space. 

Enter my favourite bling-er.  Liquid Leaf Gilding in Brass. I've used both the Martha Stewart and the Liquid Leaf brand and find that they both work equally as well.  I used a 40% off Michael's coupon and picked up a small jar for $6.

Liquid Leaf in Brass

On Sunday morning while Fin and Mr. Swell were still sleeping, I removed the glass on the desk, moved it onto the tile (in case of any drips), and started gilding. 

I know I've said it before, but my method of gilding is highly technical and fancy.  Wrap your finger in plastic wrap.  Tear a sheet of paper towel in half and wrap that over the plastic wrap.  Dip your finger into the gilding and rub it on.  Easy.

Here's how it looked after one coat.

Ikea Vittsjo Desk - Liquid Leaf

The gilding covers quite well with just one coat, but I usually go back and do another one just to fill in any gaps.  Unless you lay it on really thick, by the time you are done your first coat, it should be dry enough to do a second.

Ikea Vittsjo Desk - Liquid Leaf

(A little dirty laundry and some random shoes are just par for the course around here).

Even with the saran wrap/paper towel combo, if you are doing a piece this big you will probably get at least some gold on your fingers.

Working with gold gilding.

Working with gold gilding.


I should have been more careful with my other fingers as I really had to scrub the gilding off of those ones!

The actual gilding took me about an hour and then the rest of the house was awake and I had to put the gold on hold for a few hours.  And then this happened.....


Real life....

I decided that the little brown shelf needed a little somethin' somethin' too.  I grabbed some frog tape and sort of just went to town.  

Ikea Vittsjo Laptop Table Hack #Ikea #gold

I was originally thinking that I'd do a starburst, but then it evolved into the triangles and I sort of fell in love with it.

Ikea Vittsjo Laptop Table Hack #Ikea #gold

While the gilding was still wet I pulled off all the tape.  I seriously love Frog Tape...nice crisp lines!

Ikea Vittsjo Laptop Table Hack #Ikea #gold

It's a bit like a backgammon board, right?

I let the whole thing dry for a few hours and then moved it back into its little space.

Ikea Vittsjo Laptop Table Hack #Ikea #gold

So much better already. Just ignore the cords and the fact that there aren't any baseboards, ok?  I can gild a desk in a morning, but trim is a whole other story!

Ikea Vittsjo Laptop Table Hack #Ikea #gold

Ikea Vittsjo Laptop Table Hack #Ikea #gold

I like the depth that gilding has as opposed to spray paint.  It has a bit of streakiness and it gives a sort of worn quality that you can't achieve with spray paint.  I also like that there is zero prep work before applying it, and once it's on it's tough as nails.

Ikea Vittsjo Laptop Table Hack #Ikea #gold


Ikea Vittsjo Laptop Table Hack #Ikea #gold #DIY

Ikea Vittsjo Laptop Table Hack #Ikea #gold #DIY

The space was looking good, but it needed one more thing to be complete.

Metal Bison Head

We picked this guy up in Canmore when we were on vacation last month.  I fell in love hard.  He simply had to come home with us.  

Ikea Vittsjo Laptop Table Hack #Ikea #gold #DIY

He's found his new home above my work space, and I think we are both pretty happy. 

Ikea Vittsjo Laptop Table Hack #Ikea #gold #DIY

Ikea Vittsjo Laptop Table Hack #Ikea #gold #DIY

Yup, it's gold and bison love around here!

Ikea Vittsjo Laptop Table Hack #Ikea #gold #DIY  Click through to see the amazing transformation of this $39.99 desk!
I am working away on our main bathroom and will hopefully have something to show you later this week.


p.s. Thanks for all the love on The Week's End post on Sunday. I am glad I am not the only sentimental one around here. Love the conversations we had going in the comments!


Linking to: Thrifty Decor Chick



26 comments:

  1. that is awesome!!! that an incredible hack! the gilding is gorgeous and love the design you added!

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  2. looks awesome--- and I loveeee the bison.

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  3. Love the hack and I would take that buffalo home too!

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    1. hahah...sorry, I think he's going to stay with me!

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  4. This looks so pretty. Fabulous upgrade. I love that buffalo. Is it available online?

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    1. Well, I had to do a bit of digging, but I did find the artist's website. http://www.rusticsculpture.com/rusticsculpture.com/Home.html I don't see that they are for sale, but i am sure you could contact him if you were interested. His stuff is amazing.

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  5. This is stunning! It looks a million times better. I'm in love with the after :) AWESOME job!

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  6. Oh you had me at Gildedand Vitttsjo! This is such a project after my own heart. Adore the buffalo too.
    It's a pinner ;)

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  7. By my calculations, you spent approximately $46 dollars for a desk that looks like it could (at a minimum) cost $300. I. Am. Impressed. It looks so amazing! Just wow!

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    1. You are so kind! Yes, $46 - not to shabby, right?

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  8. The desk is super fantastic! I am loving gold and bronze decor right now and your desk is a perfect mix of clean, modern lines and chic gold.

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  9. Looks like you have the Midas touch there. Nice work! Looks brilliant.

    Made me think of this, naturally....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDnj-_b3iSs

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  10. LOVE me an Ikea hack, and one with gold is perfection!! Awesome, Kelly! I haven't ever tried the gilding, how do you think it compares to Rub 'n Buff? Sounds and looks pretty similar.

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  11. Fun. It looks like a great space for you to work! I love the pic of your little one using the computer. Too cute.

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  12. Holy smokes!!! Love the gold, love the design on the shelf and L-O-V-E the leather buffalo head...it's the best kind of a triple threat! Watch out! ;)

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  13. This is so stinkin' cool. Seems so upscale and posh.

    Also, I totally want that buffalo head.

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  14. So fabulous Kelly! I don't know what I like more - your gorgeous gilded desk or that awesome buffalo head! Pinning!

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  15. ooh, you made it all FANCY--love it!

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  16. Love all the gold! That's my kind of desk :) xo Kristin

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  17. Hi,
    I just got a new iMac like yours, and am considering getting the Vittsjo desk for it and doing the same as you with the gilded finish. The only thing I'm worried about is whether the desk is too narrow to comfortably sit at. Now that you've had this set in place for a few months, how are you liking it? Do you ever feel like you're sitting too close to the wall, or too close to the computer screen? Is there sufficient space on the table top for using the keyboard and mouse?
    Would really appreciate any feedback from your experience!
    Thanks!!

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    1. I'll be honest, there ins't a ton of room, but for me, there is enough. If you needed to spread papers out, etc, I wouldn't suggest it. I use my mouse on the little wood shelf. At first it really annoyed me and I wanted a mouse pad for the glass (the mouse won't work on glass), but now I guess I am just used to it. I actually find it pretty comfortable because I can rest my feet in the cross bar at the back of the desk. It is a little shaky. If you are doing major typing, I think it would start to bother me. For me, I am just fine composing emails, blog posts, etc and it doesn't bother me. Really for the price you can't beat it...and if you find you don't like it, you can always use it as a side table somewhere and it will still look great. Good luck!

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    2. Thanks for the feedback, really appreciate it!

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