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The Right Way to Paint IKEA Furniture


We’re completely in favor of adding a little personality to IKEA furniture with paint. But  can IKEA's material of choice, laminate over particleboard, really be painted sans streaking, bubbling, and peeling? Yes. Here's how.

What You Need

Paint roller
Sanding block
Tack cloth
Paint trays
Drop cloth
Painters tape

If possible, always paint your furniture disassembled. It’s a much faster process and allows you to be more accurate.

If you’re painting a small shelf or low-traffic item, sanding isn’t necessary when using the correct primer. If you’re painting a larger item you’ll need to start by lightly sanding, or de-glossing the surface with a fine grit sanding block. 

Using the correct primer is key when it comes to painting laminate. Make sure you choose a primer that is made to adhere to laminate and glossy surfaces without sanding.

Before rolling on your first primer coat, wipe the surface well. Once your primer has dried, inspect each surface to make sure you have complete coverage. Roll additional primer over any areas you might have missed.

Apply the first layer of your topcoat. Don't roll it on too thick; apply a second coat for complete coverage if needed. And yes, you can use spray paint; it just takes a while longer to build up the layers for a nice, even finish.

Wait until the last coat of paint is completely dry, then cover the surface with a sealer. Give the furniture ample time to dry and cure before assembling. That’s it! You’re good to go!

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