I want to stain (ideally) or paint (less good) my ikea wood veneer desk. How can I best do this?
I have a desk made of the same material as this one
. It's basically a light coloured wood veneer. I'd like to make it a darker brown-black colour. While I could get a desk
of the same material in the colour I want for a mere $69, it's not the same size and I really need the new desk to be the same size.
How can I stain or paint this? I'd prefer a stain or a glaze that would let the original grain markings through, but I might settle for paint. Whatever you advise, I will go to Ikea and buy a piece of board of the same material/colour in the as-is section to try it on before tackling my actual desk.
I'm aware of a previous question about painting ikea laminate, but I don't think this is laminate (except, see next paragraph)
Oh, and one more thing: I'm not absolutely sure it's wood veneer. It might be some kind of plastic. What makes me doubt is that I have an Ikea Billy bookcase that is an ash veneer (stained brown-black) and you can actually feel the grain of the wood. You can't feel anything on the desk. It's super-smooth. Does this mean it's not a wood veneer?
So what do you advise oh wise hive mind?