It’s impossible to beat IKEA’s simple and cheap furniture designs. Just where else can you find a dining table for £20 or an outdoor furniture set for under £100? For that reason, I’ve been an IKEA fan for years and I’m not the only one. The only problem is, whenever I visit someone else’s house they seem to have the exact same crappy furniture as me. That’s when I decided, why not get a little creative and put my own mark on the IKEA mould?
My first project was to paint IKEA furniture: a small chest of drawers.
1 plain wood IKEA drawers
A range of paintbrushes
Clear topcoat paint varnish
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METHOD TO PAINT IKEA FURNITURE:
- Purchase your IKEA drawers and study the instructions so you understand how all the pieces assemble together.
- Sandpaper all the wooden components of the drawer until it is nice and smooth.
- Paint the drawers with a primer suitable for wooden surfaces. User a larger paintbrush for this.
- Paint your creative designs onto the drawers. Remember use a big paint brush to paint large blocks of colour (such as the background colour) and a smaller paintbrush for the finer details.
- When your design is finish, seal it with a thick clear topcoat of varnish.
- Assemble your drawers following the IKEA instructions. You may need a screwdriver for this.
- Be confident of which way the wooden panels will face when the drawers are assembled before you begin painting, otherwise your design could look upside down.
- Don’t let the acrylic paint clog up the holes intended for the bolts and screws, or things will get messy during assembly!
- Think of your design before you start painting.
- Don’t paint outside or on a carpetted surface.
You can see the outcome of my experience from the photos below. Please feel free to share your own stories and photos as well.
Flossy’s difficulty rating: 2/5
As you can see, to paint IKEA furniture is easy and just requires a little bit of planning and a lot of creativity.