The last couple of days I worked on a little project with this Ikea table http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S99932564/#/S49929639.
Years ago at the store I bought it in black by accident when I really wanted it in a white surface top. Yesterday I decided it was time to paint the surface white. I went to my local hardware store and bought primer. I painted a coat of primer on it with a roller and let it dry. Then I painted a coat of white semigloss on the desk. This morning I looked at the finished table and thought maybe it wasn’t a good idea to have a white surface since me and the kids will probably make it dirty in no time. I decided to add an extra step to this project with a clear custom cut acrylic sheet glass as a surface top for the desk. We went out to Lowes and had a clear Acrylic sheet of glass cut to the same size as my desk. My desk is size 24″ X 48″ and I wanted the plexiglass to be cut to 23.5″ x 48″ so that there will be no sharp edges on the table top. The cost for the Optix Acrylic Sheet of glass (which is actually a thin piece of see thru plastic) was less than $30 with free custom cut at the store. After I placed it on top of the desk I was amazed how sleek and professional the desk became. The top does not move at all so there is no need for me to drill screws thru the glass and table. The clean up will be easy in case it gets dirty. And I can place wallpaper, magazine clippings, photographs, kids drawings and many endless pretty things under it to make it personal and artistic. I love how this little simple project turned out.