Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The easiest IKEA hack; How to paint IKEA furniture

I'm pretty sure that the majority of households own some form of IKEA furniture, and why wouldn't you?! It's affordable and looks pretty damn decent for the most part. However one thing I am not a fan of is the lack of colours their products come in. I`ve slowly changed my interior colour scheme over the years (and thank goodness), and I realised that my brown Kallax shelving unit wasn't cutting it anymore. So that`s when I decided to transform it:

I began my Pinterest search for how to paint my IKEA furniture. If you have ever googled how to do this, believe me it looks like quite the process. Sand, prime, paint, sand, paint, blah, blah. That just looks like a whole lot of work to me. I wanted a easy peezy, full proof and looks good method. So that`s what I did.

Say hello to your new bestfriend; Chalkpaint! Okay well I`m pretty sure most people have heard of this before but up until a friend mentioned this magic in a pot to me I was clueless. No sanding, no priming, AHH-MAZ-ING. 

I do believe Annie Sloan is the `original`chalkpaint and she has an array of beautiful colours on her website, but I managed to score this one at my local Home Depot. I`m pretty sure you`re supposed to use a specific brush for chalk paint but I used a regular one.

Because I was painting onto a dark colour this did require a couple of coats of paint. You only have to wait around 20 minutes between each coat as this stuff dries incredibly fast, also there is no fumes.

After you have finished applying all coats you will want to apply a top coat, I suggest waiting 24 hours before applying the top coat.

I`m happy how this mini project turned out and the colour matches the rest of my home decor a lot better! But the main thing I`m happy about is how simple this was to create, I highly recommend trying out chalk paint if you want a simple way to makeover your furniture!

Thanks for reading,




  1. I love what you did with it! It looks stunning. I should really start doing some DIY around the house x


  2. Thank you! I'm really happy with how it turned out!

  3. Hi! What kind of top coat did you use?

    1. I haven't used a top coat on it yet but I do believe the same brand carries a top coat too!

  4. Hey Anastasia! Did you paint it assembled or take it apart?

    1. Hi! I painted is assembled, in hindsight it might have been easier to paint it once it was taken apart! But it still turned out great!


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