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Monday, January 20, 2014

Create An Antique Zinc Look on Laminate

Thank you all so very much for the kind comments regarding my new skirted office desk. As promised here is the tutorial on how I took a white laminate Ikea desktop and created a vintage aluminum finish.

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Basically we had started with two Ullrik shelves and a 78 “ long Linnmon tabletop from Ikea that we had found for a great price in the “Ding and Dent” section about five years ago.  But Ikea still carries both elements.

LINNMON/ULLRIK Table IKEA The shelf inside can be adjusted or removed so you can store things of different sizes, from papers to your comput...

Over the years various liquids had spilled on the table top to include hot pink fingernail polish. Using very fine grit sandpaper we tried to smooth the surface as best as we could. By doing this it also helped the surface be prepped to accept paint.

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We used Rust-Oleum Universal primer and paint in white. Slow and steady always wins in the spray paint department. This was after one coat.

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After a total of three coats of primer the surface was all one color. It was then lightly sanded once more and wiped down.

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Next, came four alternating layers of  Rust-Oleum Metallic Satin Nickel and Titanium Silver.

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I used the combination of the two to get the finish I was seeking which was sort of a vintage zinc topped table.

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  I have been pleased with how it has turned out.

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Four months later I did begin to notice a bit of wear and tear going on where the keyboard and mouse pad sat. Given that this area is well used on a daily basis I expected as much. I found a large desk calendar at Target to place under the two and the solution is working out well.


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GSGreatEscaper said...

Hi Laura, what a terrific job you did! I love the look of the metal vs. skirt - efficient and fancy at the same time.
Blog on in peace this year.

Anxiously awaiting the word on Tracy's marathon efforts!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the finish, it really does look like metal. Great job. Hugs, Marty

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Looks AWESOME!!!!

Rita C. said...

That looks great, Laura. I know it's the best approach, but slow and steady with spray paint drives me crazy, esp. when there can be so many influencing factors, weather and physical space to work being the hardest to deal with.

Vel Criste said...

I actually thought you got a staineless steel top from IKEA Laura! Fabulous job on this DIY!!!!!

NanE said...

Wow, this is amazing, you did a fantastic job! I just glanced at the picture an assumed it was a metal top table. Thank you so much for sharing. Hugs and blessings, Nan

Auntie Em said...

Very clever! I like the sleek look of the 'aged' metal paired with the soft fabrics.
Great tutorial on how to get the nice finish. Thanks for sharing! :)

Karena Albert said...

Laura I love this look! Great job!

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Jen said...

What a great look, Laura! The desk is fab and I totally love how you used something that you already had! The fabric skirt is just the perfect touch.

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Very cool looking, Laura. And the skirt really completes it!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Love the look you created Laura! Great job :)

Louise said...

Looks like a mill. . .at least a few hundred dollars. But that is one of your major strengths, making things look so much more expensive than they are.

Amy Jo said...

I really like how the desk top turned out! I may give it a try.

Amy Jo

Maureen Wyatt said...

Looks great! Gone is the boring and in is the chic.

Blackberry Lane said...

I love the end result.