Week 4 of the One Room Challenge is here and we took a little bit of a detour. I know you were expecting a closet but instead you are getting an IKEA Rast desk hack. Confused? Me too. Let’s just say that I apparently forgot how to measure things accurately. On the positive side, we did manage to source several things from IKEA, including this week’s Rast hack. If you missed the week one, week two, or week three, check those out first. While this week didn’t turn out exactly as I had planned, I still checked another item off the list, so I am calling it a win. Do you wanna see it?
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Last week we we built bunk beds in the left corner of the room. This left us with just over five feet of space in the right hand corner on the same wall. I must admit, I had a hard time deciding what to do here. Because we still need access to where the ladder will be for the bunk beds, I had limited depth to work with.
Since this is a guest room, I didn’t feel the need for a ton of storage here. But an extra desk space would be nice since we both work at home regularly now. We do have a dual home office, but sometimes we need to be on conference calls at the same time, so it would be nice to have a secondary option to take our laptops when those situations arise. Let me show you how we did it.
IKEA Rast Desk Hack
Step 1 – Go to IKEA. We had a pretty full car load on this trip but we didn’t have to strap anything to the roof, so that’s good! I chose the IKEA Rast because of it’s low profile. As I mentioned above, we have limited depth to work with before we run into where the ladder will be for the bunk beds.
Step 2 – Build the IKEA Rast. I know many people enjoy this step the least, but after building bunk beds from scratch, this seemed like a cake walk. Note, do not attach the included knobs.
Step 3 – Paint it. I had a specific look in mind and was going for a two tone look (this will make sense soon) so I used the left over paint from the fireplace and the kitchen backsplash and painted the entire frame and drawer fronts.
Step 4 – Pole wrap. If you watch my Instagram Stories you saw this already and probably had questions. Pole wrap is exactly what it sounds like. It is meant to wrap poles in basements. Think 70s/80s style. But they still sell this bendy, fluted wood which is perfect for a mid century look! I chose to use it horizontally.
You will need to cut the pole wrap to fit the size of the drawer fronts. I used our miter saw with a fine finish blade to make the cross cuts and a utility knife to cut between the pieces of wood. You can also use it vertically but will have more cuts.
Full disclosure, this is 16 inches wide and our 12 inch miter saw doesn’t make cuts that wide so I had to flip it over and make a second pass to cut all the way through.
Step 5 – Glue to drawer fronts. With the pole wrap cut to size, I used wood glue to attach the pole wrap to the IKEA Rast drawers. I spread the glue almost to the edges with my finger. I chose the wood glue because of it’s strength, but I didn’t want it to set too fast so I would have time to position the pole wrap just right.
Step 6 – Let it set. I let mine set overnight and used clamps and weights to keep it in place. Be very careful that you don’t have any glue leaks. I missed one and didn’t see it until it was dry and it was a little hard to get off.
Step 7 – Add hardware. Once all the glue was dry, I added these black finger pulls. Since this is not where the original holes were, I had to drill new ones. I first found the center of each drawer and then measured to make sure each handle was the same distance to each edge.
DIY Desk Top
It was my intent to make a faux concrete desk top like I did for the pizza oven table, but that didn’t go exactly as planned. So keep that in mind as I walk you through it. As I mentioned above, we had limited depth so I decided to make the desk top just under 13 inches. I achieved that by joining a 2×8 and a 2×6 I had left over from the bunk bed build. I did this with pocket holes and my Kreg Jig.
Once I drilled the holes I used my 24 inch clamps to hold it together and screw it in.
Next came the faux concrete. I must say, I am definitely not skilled in skim coating. This was only my second time using the feather finish and while I did mix it thinner than last time which did help, I still had a hard time getting it completely smooth.
I tried wiping it down with a wet sponge after it dried for a bit and that did help some. Once it was completely dry, I did hit it with my orbital sander. Unfortunately I managed to sand off some of the finish, lol!
Needless to say, I wasn’t happy with how this looked. Plan B. Paint it black. While I liked how this looked in general, I didn’t like how it looked in the room. Ugh! Did I mention this was Wednesday morning that I decided this? True story. So I went for plan C. Paint it white. This was better. Thank goodness because I didn’t have time to come up with a fourth plan!
We attached the desk top with brackets that are hidden under the desk and attached to the studs to give it the appearance that it is floating.
Somehow this week that was supposed to be easier than last, turned into one headache after another. Never underestimate the “easy” stuff I guess! You can catch all the behind the scenes in my Instagram stories.
I would tell you what we will be working on next week, but I honestly don’t know at this point! We still have to finish Barry’s closet and I hope to add a dresser to the other wall, but I truly have no plan right now. If I don’t show my face next week, you will know I didn’t figure it out, lol! To be continued…..
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