IKEA Dresser | Lamp | Wall Tapestry (no longer available), similar here | Behr Ultra Paint in Radiant Rose, Satin Finish | Dresser Knobs , also love these and these
Hello! It’s been a while since I posted anything home decor, and now that we have the new house, I thought I should share a little bit of what I’ve been working on!
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know one of my guiding philosophies is to use what you have to the fullest extent possible … always trying to avoid buying more unless you really need it … otherwise, it ultimately ends up as clutter. So, when we moved, I had to reassess our furniture — taking furniture meant for a small apartment and trying to furnish a four bedroom home is a challenge. Obviously, we needed to purchase some things, but I also didn’t want to throw away perfectly good pieces of furniture that could be re-done or re-purposed.
So, here we have my and Jacob’s old dresser. It was an IKEA buy … we didn’t want to invest in nicer pieces until we moved into our first home, so IKEA was our go to for years of apartment living. I almost just threw it out and started over … but then I realized, it’s a beautiful blank slate … in great shape, white (so could be painted ANY color), and it has plenty of space for one of the girls. So, I decided to get creative and turn it into a one-of-a-kind piece for Emme Belle — a soft pop of color, and add some unique hardware would do the trick.
BUT, I knew it would require a bit of research — most IKEA furniture is laminate, and if you try just painting it as is, you’re going to have quite the streaky mess on your hands. So, I went out and found THE primer you need to paint laminate furniture. And it works, beautifully. So that dresser above got a bit of a makeover… here’s how I did it!
What You’ll Need
Paint brush, or two or three (depending upon how many colors you plan to use)
Blue painter’s tape (if you aren’t planning on painting the entire piece, and need to tape any edges)
BIN Primer — this is the key to the whole project … for this to work, this is what you NEED
Paint color of your choice … I used Behr Ultra in Radiant Rose with a stain finish
A large tarp or drop cloth, and a few rags.
* I linked to most of these essentials via Amazon, so you can purchase them in the same place, preferably with your Amazon Prime membership (free shipping, free returns … it’s up there with Target for me)
What to Do
First, prep your space — make sure the floor is covered with your tarp or drop cloth to prevent getting paint anywhere you don’t want it.
Remove any knobs or other hardware and set them aside.
Now, take a sanding sponge and lightly sand the portions of the piece you plan to paint.
After you’ve finished sanding, wipe down the sanded surface with a clean cloth to remove any leftover debris.
If you are only painting portions of the piece, apply painter’s tape as needed.
Now, we paint on the BIN primer — be sure to generously cover the entire surface.
Leave the primer to dry for several hours. This is important — it MUST be fully dry before you apply the paint.
Once the primer is completely dry — paint over it with your selected color(s).
Once the paint is completely dry put hardware back in place, and you’re done!
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