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How to Paint IKEA Furniture (And Save $$)

How to Paint IKEA Furniture (And Save $$)

As I type this post, Adam is playing on his keyboard, which he hasn’t touched for literally 6 months. It’s a mix of hearing the noise the keyboard makes, and the sound of his fingers physically hitting the keys. It’s very distracting.

And I try to be supportive, I do.

We have now been living in our new condo for almost 4 months. We’ve spent a lot of money and spent a lot of time on getting everything perfect.

It’s not done… BUT, I promise that once it is, there will be an plethora of photos that i’ll share on here.

One of the things that I did get done in the first week of moving in, was painting our bed frame from dark brown to white.

Mostly because i’m cheap and didn’t want to spend another few hundred dollars on a bed frame, but I was feeling kinda DIY at the time. I also spray painted copper some planters and shelving brackets and seriously considered quitting my job and creating my own Etsy page.

Although learning how to correctly paint IKEA furniture has nothing to do with workouts or healthy living, I worked up a frigging sweat sanding all those wood faces. Word to the wise – don’t use dollar store quality sand paper. You will hate yourself and spend twice as long to complete the job.

How to Paint Ikea Furniture (And Save Money by Doing So!) All you need is a roller, sand paper, primer and paint, and some patience :)

There are two important parts to painting IKEA furniture.

1. You MUST sand it.

2. You MUST paint it with primer.

How to Paint IKEA Furniture

 How to Paint Ikea Furniture (And Save Money by Doing So!) All you need is a roller, sand paper, primer and paint, and some patience :)

1. Whatever you’re painting – bed frame, night stands, dressers, I would recommend taking everything apart. You’ll thank yourself for spending the extra few minutes rather than trying to hit all the tight corners. Make sure you have a large area for sanding, and if possible, do the work outside. The sand gets everywhere, and you need to be able to dust it off the wood before you paint.

2. Buy several sheets of sandpaper (for a bed frame I went through 4 good quality and 8 dollar store pieces in total) at a medium grit. I found a good grit for the job was about 100 – the higher the number, the finer the grit is. Also buy some primer. We bought the smallest can available and there was still tons leftover.

3. Sand dat baby until you can’t feel your arms. However if you have an electric sander, that would be a huge time saver and I definitely recommend that. Make sure you don’t forget the edges and any decorative creases.

How to Paint Ikea Furniture (And Save Money by Doing So!) All you need is a roller, sand paper, primer and paint, and some patience :)

4. Wipe down all the faces, making sure it’s clean of sand, dust, and old paint. Using a roller (brush works too, but roller is the most convenient), prime the wood. Since primer is white, I coated it thickly, knowing that I would be painting it white anyway.

How to Paint Ikea Furniture (And Save Money by Doing So!) All you need is a roller, sand paper, primer and paint, and some patience :)

5. Read the primer can for instructions on how long you should let it dry for. I let mine sit overnight and then did a second coat.

How to Paint Ikea Furniture (And Save Money by Doing So!) All you need is a roller, sand paper, primer and paint, and some patience :)

How to Paint Ikea Furniture (And Save Money by Doing So!) All you need is a roller, sand paper, primer and paint, and some patience :)

6. Now you’re ready to paint! Again, i’d recommend using the roller/pan method, as it’s very quick. I did two layers for the paint as well, so the bed frame has a total of four layers of paint/primer on it. And we’re very happy with how it looks! It fits in with the rest of our bedroom perfectly.

How to Paint Ikea Furniture (And Save Money by Doing So!) All you need is a roller, sand paper, primer and paint, and some patience :)

How to Paint Ikea Furniture (And Save Money by Doing So!) All you need is a roller, sand paper, primer and paint, and some patience :)

What About You?!

  • Ever try painting IKEA furniture?
  • Do you like DIY?
  • Interested in seeing more condo/home related posts?

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  1. I’m totally going through a DIY phase and have 4 piece of funiture waiting to be painted with rustoleum. I just need the weather to warm up so I can go outside so I don’t end up getting myself or the cats high on fumes inside.

  2. hen

    20 January

    I LOVE this! I desperately need to finish decorating our apartment. I’m all about the DIY and this is perfect! The bedroom turned out so pretty!

  3. YOU SO FANCY

  4. Wow, you did an awesome job! I can’t even put together Ikea furniture let alone take it apart AND put it back together! http://www.supersana.com

  5. I am moving in a few weeks and my husband has an Ikea table that he think would work “perfectly” for the new dining room space. I told him – PAINT THAT SHIT and maybe we will talk… So now, I need to send him this blog post – ha!

    • beverleyc

      31 January

      do it!! no need to throw things out when they can be refurbished a lil bit 🙂

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