Before and After: A Plain IKEA HEMNES Gets a $66 Rustic Apothecary Redo in Just 2 Days
One key thing to know about flipping IKEA pieces, “which are ‘slick’ and not solid wood,” Shayna says, is that you should use an adhesive primer after a good cleaning and scuff sanding. Shayna also sawed off the ledges and pulls of her HEMNES to give it a more square shape and “to create more of an apothecary vibe.”
She chose to take the color fo the cabinet from white to a dusty gray-black. To get the vintage, worn look, she first painted the cabinet beige (Dixie Belle’s Burlap), then painted black (Dixie Belle’s Midnight Sky) overtop. Once dry, she sanded the black lightly to let some of the beige paint peek through.
“I then dry brushed some more beige to make it look more rustic and sealed the entire piece in spray wax,” Shayna says. “I added the new hardware and BOOM! New apothecary cabinet!” She went with library-style card catalog drawer pulls, which enhances this piece’s rustic vibe.
In total, the project cost under £50, or about $66, and took two days due to primer and paint dry time. “Just know that ANYTHING can be flipped!” Alnwick says.
She loves the way her new vintage-looking piece looks. “It totally matches the vibe of my house and the aesthetic,” she says. It’s hard to believe that’s an IKEA piece under there!
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