Give your desk organiser a luxe makeover

Posted: 9th May 2017

If your desk is crying out for stylish storage, why not give some cheap IKEA items a luxe makeover by staining untreated wooden desk organisers with Rust-Oleum’s Dark Finishing Wax. It's a quick, easy and affordable way to make bespoke, chic desk accents!

You will need

Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax (dark)
IKEA KNUFF plywood desk organisers (set of 2)
IKEA MOPP mini plywood drawers
Paint or wax brush
Clean rag or kitchen roll  


1. Make sure the IKEA items are clean and free from dust and grease by giving it a wipe over with a damp cloth, leaving it to dry fully before starting.

2. Using a paint or a wax brush, apply the Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax all over each of the wooden desk organisers.

3. Immediately after applying the wax, wipe off any excess using a clean rag. How much wax you remove is up to you. We applied plenty to our desk organisers to give them a lovely deep colour. If you apply too much of the dark wax, you can lighten an area by loading your brush with some Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax in Clear and working it over until it’s lighter again.

4. When you finish waxing your piece of furniture and are happy with the outcome, leave to dry and then buff to a soft sheen.

Tutorial courtesy of