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Ikea Hack: DIY Furniture You Can Paint

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Ikea Hack: DIY Furniture You Can Paint

September 18, 2017

One of our favorite design hacks is painting furniture. It’s quick (you can do it in an afternoon), budget-friendly, and leaves room for creativity. We like to go high/low with it; pair cheap furniture with luxe paint, change the knobs, and paint the screws to match.

Ikea offers a few unfinished furniture pieces that make painting even easier. (No varnish to strip! To cover up the pine knots, pair paint with a primer and top it with two coats.) Here’s a roundup of our favorites—many of which we have in our own homes.

ikea&#8\2\17;s rast nightstand is perennially on sale; \$\14.99. 9
Above: Ikea’s Rast Nightstand is perennially on sale; $14.99.
the fjellse bed is one of three beds in untreated wood at ikea. it&#8\2\17 10
Above: The Fjellse Bed is one of three beds in untreated wood at Ikea. It’s $99.99. Also see the Gjöra in untreated birch and the Tarva in pine
i&#8\2\17;ve had the same ingo table for five years and it&#8\2\17;s s 11
Above: I’ve had the same Ingo Table for five years and it’s seen a few different paint colors in its lifetime; $69.
theivar chair in untreated pine is incredibly affordable, \$\25, but its screws 12
Above: TheIvar Chair in untreated pine is incredibly affordable, $25, but its screws need to be retightened every few months, I’ve found. The full Ivar Dining Set comes with the table and four chairs; $169 at Ikea.
the tarva 5 drawer chest in pine is one style we hacked with farrow & ball  13
Above: The Tarva 5-Drawer Chest in pine is one style we hacked with Farrow & Ball paint. We opted out of drawer pulls and spackled the existing holes before painting each of its parts. The dresser is $129 at Ikea and there are many other iterations of Tarva drawers too.
the modular hejne shelving unit, shown here in two sections, is made of untreat 14
Above: The modular Hejne Shelving Unit, shown here in two sections, is made of untreated solid pine (“or spruce,” as the site says); $70.97 for the two-section size. See all the Hejne units for more.
the knagglig box is \$9.99 for the large size. 15
Above: The Knagglig Box is $9.99 for the large size.
the moppe mini storage chest is made in untreated birch; \$\16.99. 16
Above: The Moppe Mini Storage Chest is made in untreated birch; $16.99.
the ivar cabinet mounts to the wall and can be painted in an alternating color 17
Above: The Ivar Cabinet mounts to the wall and can be painted in an alternating color or for a monochrome look, the same color as the wall; $70.
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