IKEA HEMNES DRESSER HACK

August 05, 2015

Months ago, I found an IKEA Hemnes dresser on craigslist, for FREE. It was not in the best condition , but I had been wanting to test my real painting skills for some time now and jumped at this opportunity! And since my last paint job looked like my 5 year old nephew painted it, this time I wanted to do it right.

BEFORE:


Supplies I used:

Patience (Get tons of this!)
Kilz2 Latex primer
Behr Premium Plus Ultra Sample paint. (I needed one full can and a quarter of another)
Sandpaper (Fine and Coarse)
Wooster Synthetic bristle Angled brush
Paint roller

STEP 1: PREP

Remove knobs and give all surfaces a quick sanding and then clean up.
Honestly, I wish I had used a really coarse sandpaper for this, but I only had a medium grit one and I just sanded it for a total of 15 minutes tops.




STEP 2: PRIME

Apply Latex primer using the brush. The first coat of primer looked really ugly on the drawer. I got the hang of it by the next drawer, and things looked much better after that. I applied a second coat within 2 hours. I also sanded very lightly between coats. (I tested the blue paint at the back , in case you were wondering)


STEP 3: WAIT

This is where patience comes in handy!
 
Even though the label said I could paint over the primer in 1 hour, I left it to dry for almost 2 days. A day would have been more than enough, but the next day was very humid so I did not want to paint on a humid day anyway.

STEP 4: PAINT

Apply paint. I applied 2 coats of paint. I used my Wooster angled brush for applying the paint. On large surfaces I used a foam roller to smooth out the brush strokes. This tip comes from Virginia of  LiveLoveDIY.
 
For the second coat, even though the can said I could apply in an hour, I waited 2 days. I found that people complained about having been left with a tacky surface if they painted too soon. Theoretically, I was supposed to wait a couple more days before the topcoat, but after 2 days I applied a second coat.

STEP 5: WAIT

I told you, you need tons of patience!
 
Apparently latex paints take 30 days to cure. But this is if you are using the topcoat without any protective poly coat. At first I decided to wait 2 weeks before applying polycrylic.
 
Several websites mentioned that if I was applying a poly coat, then I could go ahead and safely poly once the paint dried completely. But I also read somewhere that poly-ing (that's a word right?) without curing  made the poly to bubble and crack because the paint was still releasing moisture as part of the curing process. I didn't want to risk it, so I waited. Hardest thing I had to do. Well I couldn't wait 2 weeks. I ended up waiting 5 days before applying poly.

STEP 6: POLY PROTECTIVE COAT

I did not sand the final topcoat before applying poly. I was advised to, but I couldn't make myself to do it. I applied 3 coats of Varathane Poly, because the can said so. I have read that water based poly requires a dozen or so coats compared to oil based poly, but I think more than the recommend number of coats might not let the poly cure from inside out. I decided to listen to the manufacturer's advice in this case. I took 2 days to apply a total of 3 coats, taking care not to apply more than 2 coats in 24 hours. Recoating within 24 hours, does not require sanding in between.

STEP 7 : ADMIRE YOUR WORK AND DO THE HAPPY DANCE

I let it dry for 48 hours, gold spray painted the knobs and then assembled it. And I LOVE it!
 
I am thrilled with the color I chose - navy. I didn't use the top for at least 1-2 weeks. I wanted to let it cure first.

AFTER:




 

All in all it took me about 2 weeks to complete this. Right now I don't know if all the waiting in between was worth it. But anything is better than the paint peeling off in a few months. So better safe than sorry!
 

 
All the research I did pointed to a few main things - Don't skimp on Sanding, Priming, and most importantly give enough time for each coat to completely dry. Remember drying and curing are 2 different things. And since it is not humanly possible to wait for curing before each coat, the least we can do is wait for a little longer, find that middle ground and let the primer, paint or poly do its job!


 

Although the painting part was easy, I found the waiting part was tough. Would I do it again? For the right piece, absolutely!

Hope this helps!

Cheers,
Vinaya

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6 comments

  1. This came out amazing!!!! Thanks for posting.

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  2. This is a beautiful makeover!! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Thanks so much Jessica ! Glad you liked it :)

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  3. That's a nice navy paint-not too dark. What brand/shade is it?

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    1. Hi Sharon! Thanks for stopping by! It's 'Very Navy' by 'Behr Premium Plus Ultra' ! I should probably include it in the post! :) Hope it helps!

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