Aneboda makeoverdrawers

Published on September 7th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Boring Birch Ikea Chest of Drawers Makeover: From Drab to Fab

Materials: Aneboda chest, Screw Driver, Spray Paint, Fine Sanding Blocks or Sand Paper

1. Remove/unscrew original block handles.
2. Since the dressers are laminate {like all things Ikea}, I had to hand-sand them to add a bit of texture so my paint would adhere.
3. Using a gloss white spray paint {because that was all I had at the moment though interior paint would work as well} …and I painted right over the plastic fronts.
4. After they dried, I took the same sanders I used prior to texture them, now, to scruff up the paint giving it a vintage/shabby chic look.
5. Found these hilariously awesome little lion’s head pulls for about $1.75 each and purchased 20 of them {the original handles had 2 screws each}.

See more of the home office dresser makeover. Also check out the fabulous Ikea curtain dress up.

~ …love Maegan {Maegan Tintari}, Los Angeles

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17 Responses to Boring Birch Ikea Chest of Drawers Makeover: From Drab to Fab

  1. Shai says:

    You could, also, use scrapbook paper (there’s white paper, too lol), fabric, you could even paint thick cardboard w/acrylic without having to paint the original plastic insert fronts. But, always, use a little sanding to adhere.
    Chalk paint (NOT chalkboard paint) may work, too. I’ve used it on just about everything w/great results! I love it on leather

  2. Anonymous says:

    hi, i have hopen chest of drawers from ikea and i want to make them white….how would i do this?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have used Rustoleum spray paints for many items. My favorite: turning a white wicker chair from my daughters shabby chic bedroom to a “manly” black hi-gloss chair with a red chair cushion– now it is in my son’s black & red room.
    Love the ease of spray paint plus it dries quickly.

  4. …also, I found the lion’s head pulls at OSH but they’re on Amazon too.. just search lion’s head pulls

  5. So far so good, I’ve had them done for a year now and the paint is still on there just fine. No chipping, no peeling, like new! I did sand the entire piece before I painted it … which I thought I stated above. It’s staying on the plastic just fine as well. Completely intact. And completely better than they began.

    Still laughing at “what a whore of an idea” … lol … what does that even mean?

  6. Gina says:

    How easy would the paint come off on the plastic front? Is it possible to stick a white cardboard atop?

  7. Anonymous says:

    What a whore of an idea!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I’m curious about the longevity of the paint on the plastic inserts. Is it holding on and not coming off?

  9. chicca says:

    Wow! Good!!! It’s more elegant and the handles give a special touch! :)

  10. Emz says:

    inspired to paint some of my ikea birch stuff…always worried the paint wouldn’t stick

  11. Anonymous says:

    where did you get the lions from? – Lea, Germany

  12. ashleyist says:

    Has anyone has tried Rustoleum’s universal paint and primer? Says on the can it’s good for laminate.

  13. SM Accessories says:

    Wow! I love it!!

  14. Michele R. says:

    I knew I could paint on these furniture! My boyfriend is teasing me to paint our ikea drawers, because he can’t stand their looks.
    I love the painting!

  15. carnam says:

    Oh my gosh! Wonderful work!

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