Most of us have heard of Ikea, but have you heard of Ikea Hackers? Yep, a site devoted to making ordinary Ikea furniture into something fabulous.
Thanks to Pinterest, once I got the final word we were headed to Chicago, I started to look for design and style inspiration for our Chicago apartment. I even put together a little board. One thing that really jumped out at me were O'verlays. These little decorative adhesives are seriously chic. I got the idea in my head and I couldn't shake it. We WOULD be having O'verlays in our apartment. I didn't know where or how (we didn't even have an apartment at this time), but I knew I was going to make it happen.
Fast forward to a couple weeks ago when we arrived in Chicago and secured our apartment. I did a simple layout for the bedroom and decided we would use the Malm 3-drawer chest of drawers for our nightstands.
We bought them and my husband (God bless that man) put them together.
They were fine, but I had a little plan in my head to make them amazing with the help of paint and O'verlays.
Who doesn't love a little before and after?
Here's how it happened: I looked on Pinterest and the Google for how to paint laminate furniture from Ikea. I don't know why Ikea can't make the Malm in black, but apparently they want to make my life difficult.
I found this article that raved about BIN primer by Zinsser. I bought it at Home Depot and covered all the exposed parts of the dresser with a small roller.
I let the primer dry overnight and then began the painting process. I wanted a little bit of gloss, so I went with a semi gloss paint, which I also purchased at Home Depot. I also bought a smooth finish small roller which worked really nicely and gave a beautiful finish. No complaints.
I looked at a couple blog posts that mentioned using a protective finish. This DIY expert really advocated it, so I went out and got the one she recommended.
This part was a bit tricky. I brushed it on, but it was really hard to get an even coat without brush lines.
I attempted to use a roller brush to apply the poly, but that ended in disaster. There were bubbles everywhere and I ended up having to sand down the entire drawer and start from scratch. NO FUN.
Finally, I have everything painted and protected and ready to go. I gave the dresser a complete wipe down and go ready to apply the O'verlays.
The decorative accents were shipped with instructions and recommended using Liquid Nails as the adhesive.
I applied dots of the adhesive about 1 inch apart all along the backside of the O'verlay and centered in on the drawers. I also lined them up to ensure they were even. Luckily, the adhesive allows you about 10 minutes to be able to move stuff around without it drying solid
After a couple hours, I put the drawers back into the dresser and admired the transformation.
I am still considering putting some ring pulls in the center. Maybe something like THIS:
That is my little DIY victory that I wanted to share. Pinterest gets me all excited to take on projects...
HERE is another great post about painting laminate furniture in case you are interested.
What was your last DIY project?