IKEA Table Makeover – Perfect Office Desk – Using MMSMP

Here’s what I’ll cover during this IKEA table makeover today:

  1. An IKEA table or desk makeover from raw wood to Hamptons style finish.
  2. Staining using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, some hints and tips for using MMSMP as a stain and the magic of Hemp Oil.
  3. De-cluttering the UGLY space we have in our home – I’m sure no one else has one of these!!?

The Mess:

So starting with the 3rd point … I’m almost too embarrassed to post these pictures … please tell me you all have an UGLY space?! You know, the place where you come home and just dump stuff: the keys, the spare change, the magazine you half read, the papers that come home from school.

It’s the space that doubles as my “office” so there’s always filing, bills, receipts, computer drives and cables, and the odd jar of Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax ready to mail out … NOT TO MENTION that laminate top desk with metal base that was left here by my parents who previously owned this house, which I’m sure was handed down to them in some office clear-out via my dad’s workplace back in the 80s! An office clear-out can be quite stressful and certainly drawn out. I guess that is why businesses take every opportunity to ease this stress by using tools like a sack barrow. It can certainly make the transportation much easier.

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So needless to say, this space was crying out for attention, so let’s just put that thought in the back of our minds as I began my IKEA table makeover without even thinking it would actually fit into this very space. What a DUH moment that was! It is important to have a tidy office space as it has been proven to make your mind tidier too! Many businesses have started employing people to work at home as this eliminates the need for them to invest money in buying an office unit for their employees. This will save the business lots of money and may save them from having to organise a merchant advance. If you are wondering how to go about getting a merchant cash advance? You should check out Delanceystreet!

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The IKEA Table Makeover:

Here’s the table I started with, and this is AFTER I had sanded the top back, which was sporting some creative mini-artist felt pen and pencil marks, when I first bought it from a second hand store. Now look at the top – good as new and ready for some staining!IKEA Table makeover 3To stain the top, I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Curio (dark brown colour), mixing with a ratio of:

3 parts water : 1 part paint powder

For this table, I wanted to cover the entire table – top and base – even though I would be painting over the base in a white colour. I wanted the dark colour to show through when distressing, and not the blonde raw wood.IKEA Table makeover 1Here’s what the stain looked like as I painted it on using my natural bristle, MMSMP brush. See how you can still see the wood grain through the paint?IKEA Table makeover 4As the Milk Paint dries, you can see that it appears chalky and light coloured compared to the above picture, when the paint is first applied wet. This is normal! This is also why you always need to finish your painted pieces properly with a furniture wax or finishing oil, such as Hemp Oil or MMSMP Furniture wax, White wax or Antiquing wax (more on this below).IKEA Table makeover 6You can see below, where I started from the front (now fairly dry) and worked towards the back (still slightly damp). Milk Paint is very quick drying and if you were doing more coats, you could paint over it in an hour or less. For a stain though, I only usually need one coat.

IKEA Table makeover 7Once you have stained your wood surface with MMSMP, you will need to apply a protective, sealing finish to bring that colour back out and give it a beautiful lustrous finish. Introducing one of my favourite MMSMP products: HEMP OIL.

Look at this picture to see what I’m talking about:

IKEA Table makeover 8Instructions for using Hemp Oil:

Apply generous amount on a lint free rag and wipe on!

So easy to apply, and looks AMAZING! It really penetrates and soaks in to the wood and the porous finish of the milk paint. For more info about HEMP OIL, click HERE.

Looking good after 2 coats of Hemp Oil (leave for drying time of a couple hours between applications).

IKEA Table makeover 15I knew this table would get a good beating as an office desk, so for added protection, I added some MinWax rub on varnish (available at Bunnings in Australia), but if you didn’t want to use something with chemicals in it, you can just stick with the Hemp oil or you could use MMSMP’s Tung Oil (not available in Australia just yet). I wasn’t sure if this would go over the hemp oil okay, but it worked a treat and came up beautifully. Another option is Miss Mustard Seed’s Tough Coat Sealer.

Now for the base: I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in colour: Ironstone (the whitest colour in their range) in a ratio of:

1 part water : 1 part MMSMP paint powder

Here’s the base after just one coat of Ironstone:IKEA Table makeover 12

The Finished IKEA Table:

And here it is finished after two coats of Ironstone, a little distressing on the edges to reveal the dark Curio stain underneath, then topped with a coat of MMSMP Furniture Wax (the clear wax).IKEA Table makeover 13 IKEA Table makeover 14 IKEA Table makeover 17 IKEA Table makeover 18 IKEA Table makeover 19And now I was after a place to put this desk. I even asked one of my kids if they wanted it for their room as a study desk, before I saw my “UGLY SPACE” and had a DUH moment, measured up the space and PRESTO! This was a perfect fit!

So here is the beginnings of my TIDY SPACE … (please excuse my iphone pics at the moment while my good camera is at the doctor!)

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Yes, if you noticed, I didn’t show you the shelving to the right of this nook … and there’s a good reason for that! Ahem, yes, the makeover is a WIP, so those messy shelves are still getting a workout.

I hope you enjoyed the read and learnt something in the process. I’d love you to subscribe to my blog posts if you are interested in keeping up to date with my makeovers, etc. You can subscribe via the top right hand side on this blog.

I’d love to know what your thoughts are on this makeover:

  • Did you learn something new about a MMSMP product?
  • Did you get inspired to stain a piece of wood furniture or paint it?
  • Did you get inspired to transform an UGLY space at your place?

I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to comment below.

Happy Painting!


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  • Reply
    Peg Mitchell
    August 10, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Looks absolutely amazing. So much warmer and homier. Tidy space is looking great.

    • Reply
      August 27, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks Peg!

  • Reply
    January 24, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I tried hemp oil on ASCP old white and the finish looks very much like the clear wax finish. That was my first try with hemp oil. Thanks for the great close up shots of the finish on the stained table top and legs. Visiting from Funky Junk Interiors.

    • Reply
      January 27, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks Joy, glad you enjoyed the post. Hemp oil works well on most porous surfaces like chalk paint, so I’m glad it turned out well.

    • Reply
      February 4, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Thanks for this comment, Joy. I have had a customer ask about using the hemp oil over ASCP and I was sure it would work well, but you’ve confirmed my thoughts.

  • Reply
    Desleigh Wells
    June 21, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    I am trying to restore an old timber table Hampton style can you please tell me the best way to do it and what paint to use The top is veneer and the rest is timber. Thank you Desleigh

    • Reply
      June 30, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Hi Desleigh, there are so many options and without seeing the table, it’s hard to say what to do. I recommend using Fusion Mineral Paints as they have great coverage and adhere really well. Just make sure everything is sanded down really smoothly and cleaned before painting. If you are doing the top wood and the base painted, Fusion’s Tough Coat Sealer is great for wood surfaces. I have done a few tables like this and have several tutorials here on my website if you enter ‘table’ in the search bar.

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