just completing a home addition. We have an additional 300 sq ft to furnish, and a pretty limited budget to do it.
I wanted a desk that spanned the entire length of the room, and I liked the look of the Stuva cabinet. I also love the fact that it's actually meant to be kid furniture, which means that it's built sturdy and has hinges that are good for little fingers. The trick was finding a counter top that was inexpensive to put atop it.
That's when I had an ah-hah moment. I remembered reading on the Young House Love blog about how they covered their laminate countertops with concrete. I thought a concrete counter top would be awesome atop the Stuva cabinets.
So what do you think? Want to see how this hack came together? Keep reading below!
First, I used three STUVA base cabinets and added the feet you can buy at Ikea to make it desk height. (Yes, they are these colored feet, but I swapped out the colored bases with the gray ones that came with the base unit).
Then it was time to work on the desktop. I picked up a 4 ft x 8 ft x3/4 inch sheet of plywood AND:
1. A box of Henry Feather Finish from Home Depot. For my 8ft countertop I used about 2/3 of the box.
2. A plastic cup for measuring out the Feather Finish and the water.
3. I used cleaned out plastic yogurt containers to mix the concrete together. I used a new tub for every layer of feather finish that I added.
4. I used a trowel for spreading the feather finish. Mine had a rough and smooth edge, but I only used the smooth edge of the trowel to spread the feather finish.
5. I used a mask, goggles, and gloves (nitrile gloves for spreading the concrete and regular gardening gloves to protect my hands when I was sanding).
6. sandpaper. I used a variety of grits, mainly because that's what I had on hand.
7. mixing sticks (from the painting department to mix the feather finish and the water).
Then it was time to sand.
I found I could knock off some of the blobs with a razor blade. Then I sanded, sanded, and sanded some more. I sanded for a few hours, and it did make a lot of dust. The nice thing was that I could be outside while I did it.
narrower STUVA units to the wall.
I've started "moving in", but I'm still playing around with how my desk should look. What do you think about my hack though? Do you think it's something you'd like to try?
If you liked this post, don't forget to check out my last IKEA hack, an IVAR derived buffet piece!
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