The Secret to Painting IKEA Pieces

@_the_woodworkers_wife reveals their preferred method for painting IKEA pieces. By lightly sanding, thoroughly cleaning, and using high-quality alkyd paint, they demonstrate how to transform IKEA furniture into a custom masterpiece.

Materials Required for Painting IKEA Pieces

For this project, you will need:

Steps to Follow

Lightly Sand the Pieces:

Be careful not to sand too aggressively, as this can expose the MDF. The goal is to buff up the gloss on the surface for better paint adhesion.

Clean Up:

Wipe away any residue from sanding. Since this process can be quite dusty, remove all dust before painting.

Choose the Right Paint:

Opt for an alkyd paint emulsion instead of using a primer. This type of paint is known for its durability and smooth finish, making it ideal for furniture. Both @sherwinwilliams Williams and @sicopaints offer suitable options. IKEA also sells a Water-Based Alkyd Paint that is compatible with their furniture.


Apply two coats of paint using a roller for a smooth finish. Use a small brush to reach difficult areas. Allow the paint to dry between coats.

Protective Finish:

To protect your piece from chips and scratches, especially in high-traffic areas, apply a finish like the @varathane Diamond Wood Finish.


Transforming IKEA furniture with paint can give it a fresh, customized look. With this method, @_the_woodworkers_wife shows how easy it is to achieve a professional finish. So why not give your IKEA piece a personalized touch with a fresh coat of paint?

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