Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ikea Hemnes Dresser (Guest Bedroom Update)

This week I got around to painting the Ikea Hemnes dresser in the guest room. (You can read about my plans to finish the guest bedroom here).


It went from black/brown to white with two coats of primer and 2 to 3 coats of Benjamin Moore Decorator's White semi-gloss paint.



It didn't take too long to paint, but if you like the dresser and want to save yourself the trouble, it does come in white. :)

I had the Target Threshold Starburst Mirror hanging over the bed before, but I think it looks much better in its new home above the dresser.  I have new plans for art over the bed.  Just a few more things to check off before this room is DONE.  I'm hoping I'll have it ready for next week's house tour.  Later this week I'll finally be sharing the finished half bath/laundry room remodel with you!

22 comments:

  1. It looks great in white! And I love that Target mirror! Gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks, Ashley! That Target mirror was such a steal.

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  2. wait, dont they make it in white??

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    1. Yup, they do. But I had the black one. Womp womp womp.

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  3. I've been trying to work up the courage to paint ours (it's the antique wood finish) BUT I'm having color choice paralysis...
    Question - did you seal it with poly or was the semi-gloss paint enough to give you a wipe-able finish?

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    1. I didn't seal it with poly. I was contemplating it, but so far the semi-gloss seems to be holding up okay. It definitely has a bit of a "shiny" finish to it. If you wanted to be super safe, I might recommend that you poly the top. Good luck picking a color!

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  4. i love it! that looks so beautiful with your wall paint. so happy i found your blog now that we're moving into our first house next month! xo

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    1. Thanks Katie! So exciting you're moving into your first place!

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  5. It looks great white. And I love the styling on top =)

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  6. I have the same dresser in my bedroom right now! I had such a hard time debating whether I wanted dark or white furniture in the bedroom. I'm still questioning my decision to this day! I'm glad painting it down the road is an option. It looks great!

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    1. I loved the dark set when I had it in my bedroom a couple of years ago, but I was ready for a change! It was fairly simple to do and the dresser took the paint well.

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  7. Everything looks great!! What's your wall paint color?? I love it.

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    1. Thank you! The walls are Restoration Hardware's Silver Sage but I had it color-matched to Benjamin Moore paint.

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  8. It looks great! I bought the black-brown off of craigslist but I really want to paint it white. Did you have to do a lot of prep work or sanding before priming it?

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    1. I did lightly sand the dresser and give it a good dusting and wipe down before priming.

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  9. Sorry one more question! Did you use oil based primer?

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    1. I used water-based primer. I used oil based primer once and couldn't stand the smell or mess! Zinsser water-based primer works really well. I used it on my bathroom vanity (http://www.homewithbaxter.com/2012/07/painted-bathroom-vanity-reveal-and.html) and the paint has held up really well. I will say that you might want to put a coat of water-based polyurethane on the top of the dresser (water-based won't yellow over time). It will protect the top much better than just paint. I've noticed a few scratches on mine, since I skipped this step. However, the poly will add a bit of a shine to the top. Good luck!

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  10. How did you applaud the primer and paint (roller/brush/spray)? Looks great!

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    1. I applied it using a small roller and a paint brush.

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  11. I know this is not about the dresser but I really like the colors of your wall do you know the name of it.

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    1. It's Restoration Hardware's Silver Sage, but I had it matched to Benjamin Moore paint.

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