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Painting IKEA furniture

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winkywinkola Sun 23-Feb-14 09:38:05

You know it is all glossy white or brownie black veneer stuff.

Well, can you paint it? And if so,how? Surely paint would just slide off.

I'm thinking Expedit or Billy bookcase.

Mrswellyboot Sun 23-Feb-14 09:40:26

There is a non glossy white version of expedit. I think it could painted

Sillylass79 Sun 23-Feb-14 09:49:49

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MaryShelley Sun 23-Feb-14 20:54:57

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winkywinkola Sun 23-Feb-14 20:55:38

Ah brilliant. Thank you

winkywinkola Sun 23-Feb-14 21:56:32

MaryShelley, which colour did you buy to begin with?

MaryShelley Sun 23-Feb-14 22:36:56

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winkywinkola Sun 23-Feb-14 23:09:14

Many thanks. Was looking at £3k bill for shelves across two walls but now can paint Billy, they'll be fine.

thecherryontop Mon 24-Feb-14 01:09:57

I've just painted a black/brown expedit in annie sloan antoinette -only took 2 coats, no primer needed, took no time at all grin

zoemaguire Mon 24-Feb-14 01:17:16

I did it too, bulls eye primer + little Greene, backing board to fill back. Even filled gaps with pollyfiller! It took weeks! Looks great 2 years in but slightly less durable than I'd hoped - the paint has flaked where I drag the wooden boxes in and out, but then I am asking a lot for a painted surface!

winkywinkola Mon 24-Feb-14 17:25:28

Ahem. Do you paint before or after construction?

MaryShelley Mon 24-Feb-14 17:46:16

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MaryShelley Mon 24-Feb-14 18:59:54

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zoemaguire Tue 25-Feb-14 04:33:06

After. That way painted over the filler. It looks great - not like flatpack at all.

winkywinkola Tue 25-Feb-14 06:25:35

Ohhhhhhhh, MaryShelley, it looks great. Really great.

I'm now intrigued by Ikea stopping Expedit and replacing it with a skinnier Kallax.

Or perhaps I should stick with the classic Billy and paint it so it looks as beautiful as MaryShelley's.

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