DIY Gold Desks and Chair

Now that we've bought our own house, we finally have enough rooms for me to have a work space/ craft room. But given the big expenses that we've incurred (house, couches, rugs, bedroom set), I haven't had a lot of funds to do much with the room. That's when I decided to check out IKEA. Sure, the stuff is very minimalist and not always pretty, but I figured I could spice something up a little.

This turned out to be a really easy project! All it took was a can of gold spray paint to really transform two desks and a chair. The total cost was $82! The other desks I had been looking at were about $200 just for one!

For the Desks:
Ikea Linnmon Table Top (1 per table)
Ikea Adils Legs (4 per table)

For the Chair:

Step 1: Lightly rub sandpaper up and down each of the table legs to give the spray paint something to cling to. Wipe off any resulting paint dust that's produced.

Step 2: Spray each of the table legs with gold spray paint in short up-and-down sweeping motions. Be careful not to apply too much at a time to prevent drips.

Step 3: Inspect your table legs. If necessary, apply a second coat within an hour of spraying your first coat.

Step 4: Lightly sand each of the metal pieces to the chair

Step 5: Spray all of the visible parts of each of the chair pieces with gold spray paint. Once again, be careful not to apply too much at a time. Wait a few minutes before reapplying to any areas.

Step 6: Wait for about 50 minutes and then flip your pieces over. Spray any areas that are unpainted.

Step 7: Wait for 48 hours and then spray everything with an acrylic spray to prevent the gold paint from getting chipped off. Allow to dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 7: Screw your legs onto your table tops

Step 8: Assemble the chair base

Step 9: Attach the curved metal piece to the bottom of the plastic chair . We found the best way was to use a flat-blade screwdriver to pry away the chair a little. Then put the chair onto the base.

And you're done!


  1. That seriously looks so good! IKEA is seriously the best! Shipping is usually mad, but the nearest one is only about a 4 hour drive. Totally worth it and the dining in PA is divine! (:

    1. Thanks! I love IKEA! Luckily ours is only 45 minutes away. I think we've gone three times in the past couple of months ha! My hubby may be getting sick of it..

  2. What an amazing Ikea hack! You've classed these up SO well

  3. Oh my gosh Sierra these look amazing!! I seriously can't believe these were such a good deal! They are gorgeous

  4. I am so impressed with how this turned out! This went from looking basic and unexciting to really glam and pretty. I have an IKEA not too far away and need to remember that I can give their stuff little "upgrades" like this!
    Shea |


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