Decoupaged Map Ikea Desk

A few months back I shared the completed bedroom for my daughter.  We call her Sunshine around these parts.

Well today, I want to share the Ikea Micke desk we hacked with decoupaged maps.

decoupaged map desk

I was able to share with you how me made the bed, but I never got around to the other projects before we started into the Holiday season.

So, I thought I would reverse back and share with you the desk and drawer cabinet that we used in her room.

We started with this desk. Micke from Ikea

ikea micke desk

and then we added this unit to the side

ikea micke drawer unit

At the time that we purchased them, it was only available with the wood fronts.  However, now, both pieces are available in the full white laminate which I think is gorgeous!  Also, the price on the desk has dropped to $69 – that can’t be beat.  The measurements for the desk are 55 7/8” long and 19 5/8” deep.  The height is 29 1/2”.  The side cabinet adds 13 3/4” to the length.

ikea micke desk white drawers

We got the home and assembled them.  As far as assembling goes, it wasn’t too bad.  The open side can be installed on either side.  We chose to assemble it on the left side.

Sunshine and I started talking about our options for the drawer fronts.  We consider wallpaper, wrapping paper or painting them.  Then we started talking about maps.  A week later at an auction, a box lot of vintage maps went up for auction and I knew just what to do.

All of the maps were from 1961 and 1962 and seem to be a collection from a family who traveled the east coast during this time.  Also included were a bunch of travel brochures from all the places that they had visited.


We lined up the maps to include where we live, Manhattan, the Bronx zoo and Boston – all places she loves.

I love what a  large surface it is and because it is laminate, it is easy to clean.  What did we do before Magic Erasers?

The drawers are filled with hair brushes, headbands and all the “stuff” that is important to an 11 year old girl.

tween desk collageThe full post on her room can be found here.  It includes a link to the sources for all the other details of the room.

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  1. Two of my faves – Ikea desks (I used two Ikea dining tables as desks for my girls) and old maps! Looks fab!

  2. This is terrific! Love the new look.

  3. Looks completely darling! I love map anything- so I was half sold just by the title of the post! ;)

  4. The desk looks fantastic! This room is the original post I read from your blog and I love it – both the post and the blog.

  5. catherine says:

    I just love the colors in maps. They look perfect here.

  6. Great job. And it looks fantastic. Like it wants to tell a story of travel.

  7. I love this! My son had a travel themed room growing up, this would have been the perfect project for him. I am working on a map project right now, hope it works!

  8. Looks terrific. Making me feel bad about missing that box lot of maps the other week! Just when I was getting over the pain!!! Ikea has such awesome stuff with great potential. Enjoy!

  9. This has to be one of my favorite desks, you did such an amazing job my friend.

  10. I love this desk! What a cool idea and it looks great in the room! My son’s dresser may be getting this treatment :) Can I ask what you paid for all the maps?

  11. I have a similar desk in blonde oak but I love it in white and have been thinking it’s time for some paint. Your desk looks great and I love the maps. I think I can use the map idea on an old dresser my son has that is screaming for a change.

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  12. I really love this idea! It looks great. I’m going to Ikea next month and hoping to come home with a desk. I love the idea of dressing it up like this!

  13. Love the use of the maps. Takes away from the starkness of the desk without making it too “crafty.” Super good job!

  14. Katie says:

    What did you use to attach the map to the drawer fronts? What was your process?

  15. Gabriella says:

    This desk looks great! I want to do the exact same thing….so how did you apply the map on the desk? Did you just glue it on? or did you use some sort of coating over it? Please comment how you did it, thanks!

  16. This is so fun Laura! I just saw this over at Thistlewood’s FB page. Nice job :)

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