Step-by-step: How to make your own desktop

Want to create your own DIY workspace in your home? Here’s how.

You will need:

-Grade #0000 steel wool

-2 lidded mason jars




-3 lengths of pine (measurements of choice)

-clean sponge

Step one: Tear off some steel wool and place in jar. Pour vinegar into jar, about ¾ full, and screw on lid. Let it sit for at least 24 hours.

Step two: The next day, brew two teabags in a separate jar and ‘paint’ the tea onto the pine.

Step three: When the tea is dry, paint the wood with the steeped wool/vinegar solution. You’ll notice a change of colour immediately. When completely dry, wash the timber with clean water to remove the vinegar smell.

Step four: Place the timber on two Ikea drawer stands.

To see the house that inspired this handy DIY, check out the May issue of NEXT

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