DIY Easy Ikea Desk Drawer Makeover

This Ikea desk drawer makeover is such a crazy easy project to take on. You will be able to have it done in one day and it will completely transform the look of your old drawer.

DIY Quick IKEA Desk Drawer-Makeover

Easy Ikea Desk Drawer Makeover Tutorial

I have to confess this Ikea drawer was handed to me a while ago. It was going to go to the trash and I decided to take it.

The problem was that I don’t really like the orange color but since it was free, I thought that I might be able to transform it and make it more me By changing the color a little bit and who knows something else?

 I wasn’t sure how I was going to make it happen  I’m not very expert on painting furniture especially when they are laminated.  but I was determined to try something.

I’ve heard so many times that chalk paint is the best paint because you don’t even need to prime or sand so I thought that would be my first go.

I’ve only used chalk paint a few times and so far I’ve loved it. I love the finish, I love the look and I thought it would be a great idea for this project. Thankfully it turned out great and I’m so excited!

At first, I thought I would paint it in grey, maybe kind of fun light gray to make it a little bit more neutral but then the gaming room project came along and my husband and I thought that maybe this drawer would be the perfect addition to the whole room decor mood.

 the whole gaming room theme was to make it black and white so we decided that the drawers would be black and the rest would be white.

Again, this project is absolutely and crazy easy to make. I wasn’t sure if I should share the tutorial but then I thought maybe some people have some old or ugly drawers around the house looking for an idea to make it prettier, so even though it’s super silly, I thought why not?

Quick Ikea Desk Drawer Makeover

Desk Drawer Makeover Supplies:

  • A drawer (Mine is the Micke one and I think this orange one doesn’t even exist anymore)
  • Chalk Paint (I used Rust-Oleum in Spray)
  • Clear Varnish (I also used in Spray)
  • Sandpaper (I used it even though they say I didn’t need to)
  • Screwdriver (or the specific tool needed for your drawer)
  • Piece of Cloth 

How to Paint the Ikea Desk Drawers

I created this super quick video of the process but if you like more detailed and step-by-step images and text tutorials, feel free to keep scrolling.

So as I met before it’s supposed to not need sanding but I did it anyway. Just in case you know, to make sure the surface is rough enough so the paint can hold. Call me paranoid LOL.

Firstly, remove all the drawers from the desk. Using the screwdriver or the specific tool you need and detach the front part of your drawer.

If yours is like this one and has these screw pins make sure you remove them from the front piece as well.

Once you have all the pieces of your drawers detached let’s go to a well-protected table and let’s start sending each piece.

I used 150 grit sandpaper for this. I didn’t want it to be too rough and sanded each piece carefully.

Then clean well to remove all the dust left by the sanding. it’s a good idea to use a slightly damped piece of cloth or towel.

Now it’s time to paint.

 If like me, you are using spray paint, I suggest going to a ventilated space.

Protect the surface where you are going to paint using either cardboard, plastic or newspaper.

Lay all your pieces a little close together and start spraying them respecting the distance instructed by your product.

Try not to overspray all at once so you avoid drops or paint accumulation in some areas.

Let them dry, turn them over and spray again.

It doesn’t have to get completely covered in your first coat and that’s okay. it took me about three coats to get it completely covered letting it dry between coats.

Finally, I sprayed the clear varnished over the pieces. this step is mostly to make sure nothing scratches the painted surface and I recommend using a matte varnish. 

Now that you have all your front pieces dry and ready, it’s time to reassemble the drawers.

Put back the screws or scre pins, and install back the front of each drawer.

Lastly, let’s put our pretty drawers back on the desk.

Violà!!!

There you go!

Before…

From orange drawer to Black drawer

After…

Finished Ikea Desk Drawer Makeover

I also gave it a very thorough cleaning of the whole desk to remove stains and old stuck dirt.

Easy Ikea Desk Drawer Makeover, black painted

Now it looks like new and has a new placement on my husband’s office desk!

What do you think?

Easy Ikea Desk Drawer Tranformation Black painted

Well my friends, hope you enjoyed this simple and easy Ikea Desk Drawer Makeover!

DIY Easy Ikea Desk Drawer Makeover

This Ikea desk drawer makeover is such a crazy easy project to take on. You will be able to have it done in one day and it will completely transform the look of your old drawer.

Keyword Desk revamp, drawer makeover, Ikea Hack
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Drying Time 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours 50 minutes
Servings 1 Desk drawer
Author Camila

Ingredients

  • 1 Piece A drawer chest Mine is the Micke one and I think this orange one doesn’t even exist anymore
  • 1 Piece Chalk Paint I used Rust-Oleum in Spray
  • 1 Piece Clear Varnish I also used in Spray
  • 1 Piece Sandpaper I used it even though they say I didn’t need to
  • 1 Piece of Cloth any color

Instructions

  1. Firstly, remove all the drawers from the desk. Using the screwdriver or the specific tool you need and detach the front part of your drawer.
  2. If yours is like this one and has these screw pins make sure you remove them from the front piece as well.
  3. Once you have all the pieces of your drawers detached let’s go to a well-protected table and let’s start sending each piece.
  4. I used 150 grit sandpaper for this. I didn’t want it to be too rough and sanded each piece carefully.
  5. Then green well hp’s to remove all the dust left by the sanding. it’s a good idea to use a slightly damped piece of cloth or towel.
  6. Now it’s time to paint.
  7. If like me, you are using spray paint, I suggest going to a ventilated space.
  8. Protect the surface where you are going to paint using either cardboard, plastic or newspaper.
  9. Lay all your pieces a little close together and start spraying them respecting the distance instructed by your product.
  10. Try not to overspray all at once so you avoid drops or paint accumulation in some areas.
  11. Let them dry, turn them over and spray again.
  12. It doesn’t have to get completely covered in your first coat and that’s okay. it took me about three coats to get it completely covered letting it dry between coats.
  13. Finally, I sprayed the clear varnished over the pieces. this step is mostly to make sure nothing scratches the painted surface and I recommend using a matte varnish.
  14. Now that you have all your front pieces dry and ready, it’s time to reassemble the drawers.
  15. Lastly, let’s put our pretty drawers back on the desk.

Like I always say, I am a true believer that if I can be crafty anyone can.

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 Camila
Camila
My name is Camila Rojas but everyone call me Cami. I'm a mommy, blogger, baker, do it yourselfer, crafter and graphic designer. Owner and founder of The Crafting Nook {formerly TitiCrafty} and TCN Design Studio: web design for bloggers. Join me on my crazy adventures!

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