Ikea Billy Bookcase Hack – Funky Desk

We’re always designing and making in studio R&B and we wanted a worktable we could stand at for designing and cutting out projects. We love this faux bois budget worktable, it gives us everything we wanted, loads of style, a big workspace packed with extra storage. This project is super easy to put together using readily accessible Billy bookcases and a flush door, pulled together with an easy bang on trend faux bois paint finish.

BillyDesk

 

Billy Book Case Work Table

 

4x Billy bookcase

Flush door

Emulsion paint

Varnish

Universal primer

Roller and tray

Masking tape

Kitchen roll

Paint brush

Paint kettle

Bucket

Measuring jug

Spoon for mixing

Graining Rocker and Combination comb available online

 

Follow the instructions that come with the Billy bookcases to assemble the four worktable supports. To make the bookcases boxier, we cut the lower skirting section off at the base with a saw, making the bottom shelf flush with the floor.

 

Paint the bookcases, shelves and door with primer suitable for melamine, and then use a roller to apply two coats of the white emulsion.

 

Paint lining paper with white emulsion so you can practice the faux bois graining technique. For the graining glaze mix together 1lt orange emulsion with 1lt acrylic scumble glaze. Paint a generous coat of glaze onto the lining paper. Take the graining rocker and pull through the glaze using a rocking motion to create the wood grain design. When you are happy with your paper practices start graining the furniture surfaces.

 

To get varied woody effects, try using different rocking speeds and for simple graining use the combination comb dragged through the glaze. For best results be generous when applying the glaze and work quickly. To work the glaze while it stays open paint and grain in small sections, brush the glaze on in stripes the width of the graining rocker. After each pass clean off graining tools with kitchen roll. Don’t forget to paint the edges of the shelves and table top, glaze and run the comb over it.

 

When all the furniture surfaces are faux bois grained, leave to dry thoroughly for a couple of days, to protect the surfaces apply varnish before assembling the furniture. To make the structure more secure use a very strong wood adhesive product, cutting out the need for nails and screws.

 

Credits for product and styling:

 

Wickes

Flush door

http://www.wickes.co.uk/

 

Crown

white and orange emulsion

https://www.crownpaint.co.uk

 

Polyvine

Scumble glaze

http://www.polyvine.com

 

SewBox

Liberty Tana lawn fabric

http://www.sewbox.co.uk

 

Korbond

scissors, tape measure pins, buttons

http://sew.korbond.co.uk

 

Ikea

Rug and lamp

http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/

 

Cambridge Imprint

Printed papers

http://www.cambridgeimprint.co.uk

 

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