IKEA BESTÅ Unit Transformation: A Unique DIY Makeover

With a bit of imagination, paint, and some DIY spirit, you can transform ordinary IKEA furniture into a standout piece. Let’s explore how @our_bears_home turned an IKEA BESTÅ unit into a chic and stylish furniture piece.

Materials Required

Here’s what you’ll need for this project:

  • IKEA BESTÅ units: shelf, SINDVIK glass door, RIBBA frame, STUBBARP leg, TV bench, soft closing/push-open hinge
  • B.I.N Zinsser primer
  • Furniture paint (Rust-Oleum Chalky finish in natural charcoal is recommended)
  • 6mm MDF
  • Sandpaper
  • Lacquer
  • Gorilla glue

The Makeover Process

  1. Assembly: Start by assembling your IKEA BESTÅ cabinet as per the instructions provided.
  2. Priming: Prime the top and sides of the cabinet with B.I.N Zinsser primer. This primer will provide a good base for your paint.
  3. Painting: After the primer has dried, paint the unit. @our_bears_home used Rust-Oleum Chalky finish furniture paint in the color natural charcoal. Remember to apply two coats for an even finish and let it dry.
  4. Prep MDF for Doors: Cut 6mm MDF to fit in the glass section of the SINDVIK doors. Draw an arch shape on each one. @our_bears_home used a new toilet seat to get the perfect arch shape!
  5. Sand and Paint MDF: Once you’ve cut out the arches, sand the edges for a smooth finish. Paint the MDF using the same paint as the cupboards.
  6. Paint Door Frames: Paint the SINDVIK door frames to match the rest of the unit.
  7. Seal: Seem all painted areas with lacquer once the paint is dry.
  8. Attach MDF to Doors: Apply Gorilla glue to the edges of the arches and stick them to the door frames.
  9. Final Assembly: Attach the doors to the unit, and voila! You now have a unique, stylish BESTÅ unit ready to style and show off.


And there you have it! A stylish, personalized IKEA BESTÅ unit that adds a touch of elegance to any room. This DIY project shows how you can transform basic IKEA furniture into a unique piece that reflects your style with a little creativity and elbow grease.

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