Learn how to build an IKEA trestle desk into a sewing table stained with a cool Restoration Hardware looking finish! Easy to do! Includes assembly instructions and sewing room storage ideas!
I have an exciting new guest bedroom update today!
For months, I envisioned this IKEA trestle desk turned sewing table would be a part of this guest bedroom. And it’s finally happened!
This guest room now hosts a beautiful Ikea trestle desk with a decadent stained Restoration Hardware type of finish with one of the easiest stains to use!
Here’s how I pulled this all together:
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Rustic IKEA trestle desk or sewing table
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I desired this space to house a piece of furniture that could easily double as a desk or sewing table.
Hoping for an upcycled look, I chose the Ikea trestle desk components which emulate two upscale sawhorses for legs.
Very industrial farmhouse cool!
Supplies I used:
IKEA has a range of mix and match components so you can customize your own desk.
I also picked up a table top from Ikea sized at approx 47″ x 23″. (on Amazon HERE)
Custom-mixing the stain
How to stain to achieve a Restoration Hardware looking finish:
- 1 part Fusion Mineral Paint’s Golden Pine to a little bit of Cappuccino added.
- Stir to mix.
- Test the wood to ensure it’s the look you desire.
- Mix a full batch once you’ve achieved the tone desired.
About Fusion’s Stain and Finishing Oil all-in-one
Fusion’s Stain and Finishing Oil is my favorite wood stain to use! While it does have a scent, it’s much less powerful than most stains I’ve ever used.
And it comes complete with a top coat built in!
Plus you can choose your finish! The more coats you add, the more sheen you achieve.
I used one coat on this project to achieve a matte finish and it turned out amazing on this particular wood!
Tip: Stains will look different dependent on the wood it’s going on, so it’s always wise to do a test.
Staining the trestle legs
Next, I placed some cedar wood strips across a worktable, so the stained pieces could be elevated off the table, no matter what their size. It worked great!
To keep things neat and tidy, I stained on the mixing table, then brought the pieces to the drying table after they were wiped.
How to stain wood:
- Ensure your wood pieces are clean and dust-free. A light sanding with high grit sandpaper is a good idea.
- Brush stain onto your chosen substrate, wait a few minutes, then wipe away excess with a soft clean rag.
- Paint the stain inside any small holes with a paintbrush to achieve an even finish.
Get even more staining tips from the shelving post HERE
What a difference! I love the fact that the trestle table legs come as unfinished solid wood, making this a super easy project.
1. Allow stained wood to dry overnight.
2. Wrap high grit sandpaper around a sanding block, and give it a gentle sand.
The finish turned out butter-smooth!
I have been following this advice my woodworking brother gave me and I will admit it really upped my sanding quality game!
Assembling the trestle legs
Then it was assembly time!
Ikea’s directions are exceptionally easy to follow as they are all pictures and no words.
The trestle table legs went together in a snap! Ikea designers are puzzle experts because their furniture always fits together perfectly.
And the installed look was so professional looking, thanks to staining the pieces before assembly!
By the time I built the 2nd trestle leg, I didn’t even need the directions. It went together in minutes.
These are the little dowels that slipped into pre drilled hole as part of the trestle shelves.
I love how all the pieces looked so good! It really pays to stain before assembling. You get a much nicer professional finish!
The stained and assembled Ikea trestle sawhorse
The stained trestle looked amazing! I think it has a home-spun up-cycled sawhorse-look without having to build one from scratch.
Plus the stain finish was so pretty! It really did have a Restoration Hardware vibe to it. And a note of interest, while the stained dried over time, the wood got a little lighter, which was even more perfect.
Adjustable height options
Another neat part about these trestle desk base legs is the adjustable top. You can higher the top to counter height, or even angle the top into a leaning-towards-you art table if desired. Kinda cool to have those options.
With the two trestle table legs complete, it was time to team it up with the top in the sewing room.
The assembled IKEA trestle desk
Isn’t it pretty?!
This trestle home office desk can be used for most anything! The workmanship of the legs is so nice, with bolts you can tighten up at any time if needed for added stability.
The desk tabletop (approx 47″ x 23″) comes in various finishes, colours and sizes. As luck would have it, this top was the perfect dimensions for this wall space! One more inch larger would not have worked. Crazy, right?
I also chose a white top to bring more lightness to the space, as well as for exceptional photography purposes when sewing a new project.
The top has a little bit of a matte feel to it so it isn’t exactly like a laminate, but pretty close.
Doesn’t it pop perfectly against those stained trestle legs?!
I think the white top and darker stained rustic legs is a beautiful, classic combo that will stand the test of time in ANY room.
While this trestle computer desk doesn’t have a drawer or two, I do love the fact that the trestle legs have shelving that makes storage very accessible. Placing a wicker basket or crate becomes pretty attractive storage.
Thus far, I hide the sewing pedal cord inside this wicker basket, creating more of a home office look when guests stay over.
So let’s turn this desk into a sewing table!
Turning the desk into a sewing table
With the table finally in place, it was time to bring up all my old high-school days sewing gear.
What a jumbled mess! But I’ll gradually replace old with new sewing thread and pick up a few other sewing supplies for my needs.
It’s going to be so nice to finally find sewing supplies in a well-organized sewing workstation!
I also recently took a super spontaneous trip to Hobby Lobby in the states with my friend Susan.
This beautiful antique-looking galvanized organizer is too perfect for organizing sewing thread and so forth! And fits perfectly on a trestle shelf. Cool!
Isn’t that antique finish to-die-for? Pretty cool for a reproduction! I got it at 50% off too landing at $15 US! Whoop!
However HERE’S some other super cool galvanized metal totes you may like!
Wall decorating with vintage sifters
As wall art for the guest room, I visioned this wall showcasing my small collection of antique soil sifters and crates as art and productive organizers for sewing.
The Sugar crate (originally shown HERE) hides the sewing machine (I have plans to make a larger one), and another crate became an instant mini shelf.
Scissors storage on an antique sifter
This large wood framed antique soil sifter became the perfect place to hang a few scissors with added S-hooks!
How fun, right?
The cute little caged wire lamp is from Walmart from a couple years ago. It’s perfect with all this other gear.
What was once a plain white wall… (hello pretty new moulding!)
The finished trestle desk turned sewing table!
Is now this sewing area that will double as a guest desk!
Update: and HERE’s how I grain sacked a chair to really complete the look of this desk!
I love it. And it looks so pretty too!
Above is a short video of the initial Ikea shopping trip and includes some great staining tips!
The rest of the room
The other side of the room is also ready! The little antique fold-out table will provide extra sewing surface space, and I’ll eventually ether buy or sew a cover for the antique ironing board. I mean… it IS a sewing room after all… first project perhaps?!
And… another new thing to come. A new curbside find which will greatly help with sewing storage will be placed beside the ironing board.
And I have closet doors to still paint… and crates to make…
Will this project EVER end?!
With any luck, maybe not… 😉
What do you think of the new desk addition?
Other desk ideas to make:
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