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Published on November 18th, 2013 | by tellen24


A Besta Makeover


Materials: BESTA

Description: My boyfriend has had this old Ikea Besta for years.  We’ve had it hidden away in the guest room but I decided to remake it into an entry way console.

Besta bookcase BEFORE

Because it is a laminate, I used Zinsser Cover Stain Oil Primer to prime the bookcase for paint.  The great thing with this particular primer is that there is no need to sand.


I chose to paint the bookcase a glossy charcoal gray.  Probably not the best choice but I wanted it to have a good amount of sheen.

Gloss gray and boring

Turns out, gray is pretty boring by itself!  I decided to add a bit of sparkle by doing a 2″ wide stripe of gold leaf along the sides and top.  I also gold leafed the front of each shelf.  It was a weekend’s worth of work and well worth it!

In Progress, leafing

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9 Responses to A Besta Makeover

  1. Rowan says:

    It looks even better in person!

  2. Anne LK says:

    Very pretty and the perfect size for a hall console table. I think the paint colour is lovely!

  3. Alana says:

    I think it looks awesome! Love the gold leafing on it. Good call!

  4. Emma says:

    It was better plain… can you strip it?

    • John says:

      It looks great! Why would you want to try and strip a laminate? Lame

    • John says:

      Lame comment. It looks great! Why would you try to strip laminate?

    • Rachel says:

      She probably could, if it mattered to her at all what RIAs (Random Internet Assholes) thought about it. I’m guessing that she likes it as is though, and since she’s the one to has to (gets to?) look at it, then it’s unlikely she’ll change it just to please the aforementioned RIAs.

      No that it matters at all, but IMHO I like it.

    • CarrieAyn says:

      It was better plain? I disagree. She made it into a great statement piece. But, to each his (or her) own. Beautiful job!

    • timbooo says:

      If you can’t say anything nice, …. ;)

      The grey is nice. Gold leaf, meehhhhh….

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