Get Creative & Paint Ikea Drawers

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.

MATERIALS:

1 plain wood IKEA drawers
Rough sandpaper
Primer
Acrylic paints
A range of paintbrushes
Clear topcoat paint varnish
Screwdriver

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METHOD TO PAINT IKEA FURNITURE:

  1. Purchase your IKEA drawers and study the instructions so you understand how all the pieces assemble together.
  2. Sandpaper all the wooden components of the drawer until it is nice and smooth.
  3. Paint the drawers with a primer suitable for wooden surfaces. User a larger paintbrush for this.
  4. 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.
  5. When your design is finish, seal it with a thick clear topcoat of varnish.
  6. Assemble your drawers following the IKEA instructions. You may need a screwdriver for this.

 

TOP TIPS:

  • 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

When I first unpacked the IKEA chest of drawers, I needed to get my head around how all the pieces fitted together.

When I first unpacked the IKEA chest of drawers, I needed to get my head around how all the pieces fitted together.

I bought a wide selection of different colour acrylic paints and fine art paintbrushes for the design.

I bought a wide selection of different colour acrylic paints and fine art paintbrushes for the design.

I began painting blocks of colour on the main components.

I began painting blocks of colour on the main components.

Once I had painted the background, I then began detailing the design on top.

Once I had painted the background, I then began detailing the design on top.

This panel is halfway complete, showing tomato faces on a green garden background.

This panel is halfway complete, showing tomato faces on a green garden background.

These panels are beach inspired, with a warm sandy background.

These panels are beach inspired, with a warm sandy background.

Pink flowers, coral, pretty lady beetles and some grumpy mushrooms set the scene.

Pink flowers, coral, pretty lady beetles and some grumpy mushrooms set the scene.

An abstract princess will dominate the side panel.

An abstract princess will dominate the side panel.

I used the IKEA packaging to paint on, and simple dinner plates to mix my colour palettes.

I used the IKEA packaging to paint on, and simple dinner plates to mix my colour palettes.

First side panel is completed of a witch with a green apple.

First side panel is completed of a witch with a green apple.

This is worm eating felon meets his match with an inquisitive aubergine.

This is worm eating felon meets his match with an inquisitive aubergine.

When the painting is done, it is time to assemble the pieces.

When the painting is done, it is time to assemble the pieces.

Contrary to some people’s opinions, I had intended the panels to face this way from the start of the project.

Contrary to some people’s opinions, I had intended the panels to face this way from the start of the project.

The finished article, complete with Egg-F-O’s (unidentified flying eggs).

The finished article, complete with Egg-F-O’s (unidentified flying eggs).

As you can see, to paint IKEA furniture is easy and just requires a little bit of planning and a lot of creativity.

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