LOVING the Kate Spade furniture and lighting lately, but just not loving the prices. Sooooooo I decided to hack a few things and see if I could get the same look for less. You know, the old High/Low challenge! As much as I wanted the original $3,500 desk, I thought I could save some cash and make a similar version with the Alex desk from Ikea. Um, as you can see, they're pretty similar and I'm just fine having spent less than $200 on the entire project. Now you can, too. Unless, of course, you're loaded and you really want to spend that much on a polka dot desk.
Have fun! xoxo, Mark
The original Kate Spade desk
My version with slightly different hardware
I used barrel bolts to get the same feel as the Kate desk and I'm pretty happy with them
See the short video tutorial here!
Stuff You'll Need
Alex desk from Ikea (or your own)
Soft bristle brush
Center and screw in the barrel bolts in the center of each drawer
Clip tiny divots in the dauber
*Kate's polka dots aren't perfectly round
Stir the Maxx Gloss thoroughly
Test the dauber on piece of paper to get the hang of it
Paint polka dots on the top of the desk
Paint the legs in solid black with a brush
Looks perfect with my Kate Spade inspired polka dot lamp!