Upcycling Old Cabinets with IKEA RÖDEBY Armrest Tray

Upcycling your old cabinets can breathe new life into your space without breaking the bank. This tutorial, courtesy of @styleyourspace_, shows you how to revamp your old cabinets using the IKEA RÖDEBY Armrest Tray.

Materials Needed

To complete this project, you will need:

  • Old Cabinets
  • IKEA RÖDEBY Armrest Tray
  • Furniture Primer + Paint in Black
  • Foam Roller
  • Small Brushes
  • Top Coat (For example, @rustoleum Matte Top Coat for Furniture)
  • Furniture Glue
  • Handles (Purchased from Amazon)

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Clean the Cabinets

First, clean the surface of your cabinets from any dirt or oils. This will ensure the paint adheres properly.

Step 2: Apply Primer + Paint

Use a furniture primer and paint in one, applied with a foam roller. In this project, black was chosen for a sleek, modern look. Use small brushes to reach edges and tighter spots the roller can’t get to.

Step 3: Apply Multiple Coats

Depending on the original color of your cabinets, you might need to apply 2-3 coats of paint. Make sure each coat is completely dry before applying the next.

Step 4: Apply Top Coat

Once the paint is completely dry, apply a top coat. @styleyourspace_ used @rustoleum matte top coat for furniture, applied with a foam roller. This will give your cabinets a professional, finished look and protect the paint.

Step 5: Install IKEA RÖDEBY Trays

Measure the @ikea RÖDEBY trays to fit the face of your drawers. Cut them to size and apply them with furniture glue.

Step 6: Install Handles

The final step is to install handles to complete your cabinet transformation. These can be purchased from various sources, such as Amazon.


With just a few simple steps, @styleyourspace_ transformed her old cabinets into a stylish and modern piece of furniture using the IKEA RÖDEBY Armrest Tray. This project is a perfect example of how a little creativity can make a big impact in your home.

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