Q: I recently purchased a bookcase called BORGSJÖ by Ikea. It has glass doors on top and wood panel doors on the bottom. I'm not loving the dark brown color (it's much darker than the picture on the website). However, it is the only option that fits in my narrow hallway. I would like to paint the bookcase a light color (either a very light brown or spring green). The bookcase has a glossy feel to it and is made of fiberboard, particleboard and foil. What is the best way to paint BORGSJÖ? The glossy feel of it makes me wonder if the paint would stick? My first thought is to sand it a little then prime and use exterior paint so that it will last. Did I guess right or is there a better way?
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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.
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