The Ultimate Guide on How to Paint Ikea Furniture
Painting is one of the best ways to transform generic mass-produced furniture into something a bit more personal and less generic. As a result, thousands of people are trying to paint their Ikea furniture. However, not everyone seems to get that right, and many end up their endeavor in mess and disarray.
The following guide is made with the sole purpose of helping you paint your Ikea furniture and breathe a new life into it.
How to Paint it? (Assembled or Disassembled)
There are a lot of contradictory opinions about whether one should paint it assembled or disassembled. Each has its pros and cons.
If the furniture is still in its box, then your best option is to paint it disassembled. Painting each panel separately takes more time, but you will likely get a better finish.
On the other hand, painting an assembled furniture means not painting the parts hidden by a wall or some other barrier. That means using less paint and getting the job faster. But some pieces of Ikea furniture come with parts that are hard to reach, which can prolong the process. Sometimes you will even need to disassemble some parts so you can paint them.
If you are determined to disassemble the furniture, make sure that you are very careful in the process. This is because reassembling Ikea furniture can loosen up some of its screws, or you might over-tight them. All that can damage the furniture.
Before you start painting your Ikea furniture, you must prepare it. First of all, you need to give the surface some light sanding using P120 sandpaper. That will roughen up the surface a bit and will give both the primer and color something to grab onto.
The second most important thing is priming. Primers can stick to almost all sorts of surfaces. If the primer adheres well, then the paint will, too.
To apply the primer, you need a simple mini roller.
Most primers create a white surface, which is great if you plan to use a light color while using a darker color is not that great. When you paint your furniture in a dark color, it will take way more paint.
The painting of the Ikea furniture
Once you are done with the preparation, next comes the actual painting part.
In this regard, the single most important consideration is to check if your chosen paint is compatible with the used primer. At this point, go through all the instructions regarding the drying and the re-coating.
In terms of tools, you can use a paint spray gun, which has been quite popular in the last few years. But even if you don’t have one, you can use a foam mini-roller, and you will still be able to get that professional-looking finish. If possible, avoid using paintbrushes, especially cheap ones. That’s because you can end up adding numerous coats of paint, and yet it will never feel just right. Therefore, stick to the mini-roller or the spray gun.
Another important aspect is the drying time. First, you need to mind the drying time between the coats of paint. Never apply a new coat unless the one before it is completely dry because the paint will fall off after some time.
Then there is the final drying or the curing, which takes a lot longer. The time of the process depends on the climate where you live. If you live a place featuring a colder or wetter climate, the curing process can take weeks or even months.
So, give it all the time it needs and make sure that you follow the given instructions for the given type of paint, its curing time, and its relation to humidity and temperature. Once you know that, and you know your local conditions, it is much easier to calculate the average curing time.
Once the paint is completely cured, you can add a topcoat of sealer. A transparent sealer can preserve the color’s natural shine for an extended period. Just before you add the sealer, make sure that the surface area is completely clean of any dust. Water-based sealants are considered optimal for this type of work.