by Christina Dennis

Paint an IKEA Cart by The DIY Mommy

Yes. I do have a wee bit of an obsession with all things IKEA. The prices work well for my little decor budget, and I’ve been really getting into “hacking” and glamourizing items from there! A few weeks ago, I added a bit of excitement to a plan IKEA doormat with leftover paint from this project that I want to share with you today: painting a “Bekvam” kitchen cart! I’ve painted furniture before, but since then I’ve learned a few more tips on how to make painted furniture look even better. Plus, I’ve simplified the process here by using a paint+primer product.

Paint an IKEA Cart by The DIY Mommy

Materials:

  • a “Bekvam” kitchen cart (or any unfinished wooden furniture)
  • a pint of paint + primer (I used Behr’s new paint+primer)
  • Varathane wood finish (I used a satin finish which I love)
  • sander (my husband was kind enough to lend me his power sander)
  • mini foam roller
  • foam brush

Paint an IKEA Cart by The DIY Mommy

Directions:

  1. Sand the piece well. I had used my cart for a few years prior to painting it, so I had to sand it quite a lot to get the dents and dings out.
  2. Paint the cart with one thin coat of paint + primer. I used a foam roller on the flat parts and had to use a small foam brush on the hard-to-reach parts (in between the wooden slats on the shelves and the interior corners).
  3. Let the paint dry for at least 2 hours.
  4. Repeat with a second thin coat of paint + primer and let dry for at least 2 hours.
  5. Paint the cart with a thin coat of Varathane using a foam brush. Use long, even strokes. Let the cart dry for at least 3 hours and then sand it very lightly if there are any brush strokes or bubbles.
  6. Repeat with a final coat of Varathane. This clear top coat protects the paint and makes the cart feel smooth and finished!

Paint an IKEA Cart by The DIY Mommy

Paint an IKEA Cart by The DIY Mommy

Paint an IKEA Cart by The DIY Mommy

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.