I'm not sure what constitutes an official Ikea Hack but check out what I did to
an Ikea Hemnes Secretary Desk.
Below to the left is what an original Hemnes Secretary Desk looks like (older model)
On the right is how it looks after I replacing the legs with curvy dining table legs.

BEFORE                                         AFTER

The Hemnes Secretary Desk is all pine wood and the top portion is all complete and can be
 separated from the bottom by undoing eight "L" brackets.
That will leave you with a simple base frame to work with. You can see each of the
brackets sitting at the top edge on the inside of the frame.

These metal corner brackets are original and held the straight leg in place. I moved them
down to line up with the threaded rod of the replacement leg. 

I then reattached the top to the base and painted it in a creamy distressed white.

There is a bankers chair that goes with the desk. It is a modern oak chair with a really
high lift that works perfectly with the desk. I cut out areas for the chair arms to tuck right
under the desk when it's not being used. 


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