Okay yes, it’s already February…
In my defence, I have only just now accepted that my Christmas holidays are over and we’re into real life again. I know, that sounds depressing but real life means interiors girl is getting back into her interiors groove and I’ve got a whole year of it coming at you.
I’m starting this year with a BANG and this “bang” comes in the form of a DIY! Yes, I’m taking you on the journey of my Ikea desk tile DIY revamp. The story of this desk begins with the re-purpose of my spare bedroom, it’s been sitting there empty for quite a while. I was completely paralysed by the possibilities. I finally bit the bullet and realised my life long dream of having a guest bedroom (it’s been my dream since Monica & Chandler moved in together and turned Rachel’s room into a guest room). I moved my headboard into the guest room, (yes, I’ve got a new bedroom reveal coming at you very soon) picked up a bed from gumtree (for free, yes) and then I realised that unless we have constant guests, we’ll hardly use it.
And here comes the desk. Finding a practical use for the room was ideal as we don’t have guests that often and the one thing that we don’t have anywhere else in the apartment is a quiet place to work. So this was a no brainer.
Step 1 | Alright! First things first, get a desk. I searched for a while for a (very) affordable desk that was a suitable to be tiled and plain enough that tiling the desk wouldn’t detract from the existing design/ shape. I found this Ikea desk/dining table for $20, a bargain and the perfect size for my space.
Step 2 | Collect your materials! Finding suitable tiles was the biggest challenge of this project. I didn’t want to spend too much money but I wanted to achieve the right look. When I found these caramel mosaic tiles here I was over the moon. I did some light research on how to adhere the tiles and landed on an easy (but not water suitable) solution of liquid nails.
Step 3 | Next step is to lay out your tiles, mostly to make sure you’ve got enough but also to trim the tiles to the correct shape and make sure your lines are all straight.
Step 4 | Apply your adhesive of choice sheet per sheet. One note that I will make after doing this is to ensure the edges of each tile sheet are glued down. I realised quickly that my very relaxed glue distribution wouldn’t be sufficient for full adhesion. Allow the glue to dry for 48 hours before moving onto the next step.
Step 5 | Grouting time! I again chose the easiest option for this and opted for grout in a squeezy bottle. This stuff was great and I found it very easily in the grout section at Bunnings. I ended up needed to drop back over to Bunnings and pick up a second bottle just over half way through my project. Squeeze your grout in between the tiles as evenly as possible.
Step 6 | You’ll need to keep a few rags (I used blue chux wipes) handy to smooth the grout into the tiles and wipe away any excess. This was pretty time consuming and a little bit messy. You might need to go back over areas as the grout settles into the gaps. Wipe over with a damp cloth at the end to clean the surface of the tiles.
Step 7 | Allow a few days for your grout to dry, you may again need to touch up the grout in some spots but once your happy with the distribution of grout and your table is dry….. guess what – you’re finished!
Step 8 | Get to work!
Send me your DIY projects! I’d love to see what you’re working on!
Until next time!