In March I blogged about my new duvet curtains (which I still love!). The brown beat-up sideboard really started nagging at me so I got to work painting it a week later. I know some folks in the comments said I should leave it but by the time I read those comments I'd already started paining it....now it's fresh and phenomonal!
I really love IKEA but not all of their furniture is cut out for a family with lots of kids. This was a lovely piece of furniture at first but after awhile it looked beat to bits with the tilting draws and loose panels. I kept my table clothes, place mats, etc. in this.
Isn't this better?!
I used 2 coats of Glidden Gripper primer (I hate their paint but the primer seemed to work nicely), and 2 coats of Behr Satin Premium Plus in Swiss Coffee. The Krylon Brushed Metallic spray paint in Nickel worked nicely for the drawer pulls. I thought about replacing them but since the spray paint ended up looking so good I kept them. I normally paint white things pure white with no tint but I've really learned that you need to add a little color to the white to keep it from looking to harsh (and cheap). I really, really like the Swiss Coffee since it has a "sweet cream" feel and adds a richer look than just white. Thank you Pinterest!
I set up my work station inside and everything went pretty quickly until we got to replacing the panels...
I put everything away while Joey cut new panels out of beadboard to replace the panels that were always popping out. These aren't going anywhere. He really set them in there nicely and I caulked them around the edges on the front (when I finally got back to them 2 months later) before I painted them. I love them.
Here's my corner before....
Here it is now. Sweet.
It turned out to be the perfect spot to stash all of our games (pencils, dice, cards, etc. go in the small drawers) since it's near the big table where the kids play. Add these cute little plates I nabbed at my favorite thrift shop and I'm pleased as punch.