There’s nothin’ like a good IKEA hack. We had a little one-person desk in here, and one of us would just work at the dining room table…or let’s be honest…the couch. If you haven’t already, head to our Instagram to watch the “reel” where we show a few videos of the process!
Now we can work together, and we have so much space! Here we go!
For the Alex Drawer makeover, we attached pieces of thin, tempered hardboard to the front of the drawer, so that the caning could be stapled to that. We ordered a roll of caning that was 16″ wide, and we chose to order 5 ft of it! We only needed probably 4.5 ft, but we wanted to have extra just in case!
The edge pulls are from amazon and they are fairly cheap actually! They aren’t super yellow-gold. They have almost a rose-color to them, but I like it!
For the trim to go around the drawers, we went to Lowe’s and bought 3/4″ wide – 1/4″ thick trimming. We got a sample of paint to paint the trim and the closest color we could find to match the drawers ended up being “Greek Villa” – satin finish.
We started by screwing in the legs to the countertop, that part was the easiest by far. We put the drawer units right underneath in the center of the desk.
Next, we painted the pieces of hardboard and trim, and once they dried, we attached the hardboard to the fronts of the drawers with Rapid Fuse glue! This stuff is CRAZY good. We did use clamps for these so that they would attach well. We then cut the caning into rectangles (cut them into the same size as the drawer so the trim attaches fully to them!) and stapled them onto the hardboard.
After that, we cut the trimming and glued those pieces onto the drawer fronts. We used clamps on them to keep them extra secure! Next, we drilled the edge pulls into the hardboard. We ended up having to go to Home Depot to get smaller screws than what the pulls came with. The ones that came with the pulls would have been too long for the hardboard, since it is so thin!
And voila! There you have it.