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Garden Girl

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Posted: 10/18/2013 12:37:19 PM
I'm looking to buy the Alex desk in white, the long one with the two sets of drawers, but I've never had a white desk top before and I'm wondering if I'll regret it??

I've only ever had a glass or black table top which hid any ink blunders and was easy to clean... But I really want a brighter less gloomy room so I thought I'd go white...

Will I regret it or do you love yours still ??? Help an indecisive girl out!

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Posted: 10/18/2013 12:40:57 PM
You could get a piece of glass to cover the top. Then it would be the best of both worlds. Pretty to look at and easy to wipe off.

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Posted: 10/18/2013 12:43:32 PM
I have a white IKEA desktop (not the Alex one, but I don't remember the name of it right now, sorry). I like it. I've used a magic eraser on any ink spills and messiness that didn't come off with a paper towel, and it's worked just fine.

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Posted: 10/18/2013 1:29:47 PM
I have the white ikea desk that attaches to the Expedit shelves. I have a big self healing mat that covers most of the area I work in and a craft mat I can put under stamping messes. I think it stays pretty clean.

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Posted: 10/18/2013 1:34:48 PM
Laura, I have a white table and have had one for years (mine are from IKEA too). I like it. But then, I don't mess too much with paints and such. Any spray inks splatters, I have been able to get off with some window cleaner/Windex. Add a glass top to make it easy to clean. I want to repaint my room a lighter color, just not sure what. My room is in the basement with the deck stairs outside blocking some of the light from my window. My Room


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Posted: 10/18/2013 1:42:11 PM
I just bought the Ikea Ingatorp Extendable Table in white for my scraproom. It's my first experience with a white table/desk. I use a lot of paint and mists. I didn't put anything on it until I bought a glass top for the table and the extension. I love the table and I have so much room to work.

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Posted: 10/18/2013 1:55:12 PM
I've had the galant desk in white. I have a large pink mat over most of my work area and the large making memories self healing mat and my desk is unscathed.

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Posted: 10/18/2013 5:01:13 PM
I have several white ikea tables. Hate em. I am in the process of switching everything to black. I am a messy scrapper, and I want the freedom to abuse my scrap room if I feel like it. My white is dirty, nicks show etc. They really show all the wear.

Ikea sells glass tops, that is a good option and I have the one with underneath storage (under the glass top). I have big cutting mats and the big pink spill mat, but that only protects the area it covers.

If you are neat, aren't likely to scuff up etc, it should be fine ... but no more white for this messy girl! LOL

Good luck!

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Posted: 10/18/2013 5:10:14 PM
I would suggest the larger self-healing mat as well.

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Posted: 10/18/2013 5:42:30 PM
I love my white desk. I also have a huge self healing mat on it because I do sewing/quilting on it, and I also use a Stampin Up grid paper for stamping and messy projects (


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Posted: 10/18/2013 7:13:30 PM
We just bought DD the white Hemnes desk. The finish on the desktop is matte--almost like milk paint. DH is deciding if he's going to try to put a poly varnish over the top or if we should get a glass top for it.

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Posted: 10/18/2013 8:17:15 PM
Mine is a matte finish too. I don't regret it. I like laying my page down on white. I have a huge black Making Memories mat and when I lay it down, I can't really see as well what I'm doing. Also, when I clean everything off - as I always do after a project - it looks so sparkling clean! I use a Clorox wipe first and then if there are stains, I use a bleach spray! I've gotten pretty much everything off. I have a few dings out of it where I slammed something down or hit it with the scissors or a knife but it looks pretty good! I also have a desk from Target that is white and it looks horrible but the Ikea one has held up really well!

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Posted: 10/18/2013 8:37:34 PM
Thanks for the info ladies!!

I had no idea they sold glass tops too?! I should check out the price, I'm pretty sure getting it done in town would be pretty costly.

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Posted: 10/18/2013 9:04:35 PM
I didn't buy an Ikea glass top for my table. I bought mine locally. It cost me $171.00 for 2 separate pieces of glass-one for the table and one for the extension (which stores underneath with the table extension. I am loving my white table.

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Posted: 10/18/2013 9:15:19 PM
I do! Love it.

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Posted: 10/19/2013 12:26:33 AM
I have a white desk that I've had for close to a decade (not the Ikea Alex, although I bought one of those for each of my kids last year - love them!) and my thinking is that all of the ink splatters and such just add creative charm. In reality, the desktop itself is rarely seen given the piles of paper that usually sit on top.


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Posted: 10/19/2013 3:29:51 AM
I have the white Alex desk, it's my crafty desk. It has an a1 size desk mat on it but it still gets dirty lol.
I clean it with baby wipes when I get a chance.

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Posted: 10/19/2013 8:50:55 AM
Ikea sells glass tops for the Malm series which is what I use for my desk....comes in white and grey....meaning it is not see through.....which is fine if the table is white. It comes in three sizes. I plan to get a second table......the Linnmon table tops in white or high gloss white and put the glass on top. My other table in the room is a galant from ikea but not white. I paid 20$ in Canada for the glass top I think.

Edited to add: will also get the Alex drawers or the helmer drawers to go with it. Not all linnmon tops come in high gloss. Apparently the high gloss finish can even be used as a dry erase board. So that tells you how it might be easier to clean. But just get the glass may need a few to go across the long table or just where you know you'll be making a mess!



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Posted: 10/19/2013 3:09:13 PM
You have to get it! I've had mine for years and I love it!!! I usually have a cutting mat or a larger poster size paper on it while I'm working on stuff..even though i've had many things stick to it its very easy to clean's a pic of my desk..wish I got the drawers like you are planning to..

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Posted: 10/19/2013 4:57:40 PM
I have a white idea desk and bought a clear mat from ikea that covers almost the entire desk surface. Super easy to clean with Clorox wipes too.



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Posted: 10/19/2013 5:39:37 PM
My desk is made of two white ikea sawhorses and a cheap door I bought at lowe's and painted a sort of whitewashed white with a wood stain kind of product. Then I put two coats of poly on it. It's been perfection and cost less than $100. I just use a mat for my work surface but also wouldn't care if I messed the surface up. First I would turn it over and use the underside and then if I messed that up and couldn't live with it, I'd go drop $20 on a cheap new door.

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Posted: 10/19/2013 6:20:31 PM
I have Ikea white desk tops too and I love them. They are covered with large self healing mats and I use the ranger craft sheet when things are really messy but even when inks or mists or markers do find their way onto the surface, I've never had a problem getting them clean. However, I have been considering getting glass surfaces because sometimes the craft mats are just in the way and they often end up on the floor. With glass you'd really never have to worry about having to use anything like that - even when cutting!

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Posted: 10/19/2013 6:25:01 PM
I have the ALex/Linmonn setup and I love it. I also have an oversized black self healing mat from MM that I use.


I'm thinking about buying another set of drawers for the other side. I love this setup. THere is enough desk to handle anything. I got the longest one - 72 inches I believe. In white. They had several other versions of the desktop, legs and drawers that you could make any configuration to fit just about any space. Affordable too.

Mine wipes clean - I used to use a lot of mist and the droplets would 'float' and get on the desk. A babywipe or Windex wipe takes care of it.

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