Upcycling my ikea Hemnes display cabinet

I’ve had my white ikea hemnes display cabinet for about 5 years, since I was living as a student in Leeds. The cabinet lives in my living room and is really useful for storing away the children’s toys, and displaying pretty ornaments and things on the upper shelves. However after being well used for 5 years it was beginning to look a bit shabby, and not in a good way. So I decided to give it a makeover, in my favourite colour of course!

I chose Ronseal chalk furniture paint in English rose, mainly due to the fact that it was a good price and that I could click and collect within a few hours at my local wickes store. It was quite a spur of the moment decision and I didn’t want to waste time waiting days for paint to be delivered!

I did not prime the cabinet beforehand. I just gave it a wipe down to get rid of any dust or dirt, then quickly sanded it lightly all over. Then I applied the first layer of paint. I started off using a mini roller, but it didn’t seem to apply the paint very well so I switched to a brush.

When that had dried, I did a second coat using the brush.Later I applied a third coat using the mini roller to smooth it all out.

I decided to leave the inside of the cabinet white as a contrast.

I was really happy with the Ronseal paint, it dried with a lovely Matt chalky finish and I didn’t have any trouble with brush or drip marks like I have with other paints in the past.

My Ikea hemnes cabinet was turned from drab to fabulous with minimal effort. Now it feels like I have a brand new piece of furniture, but all I had to buy was a little tin of paint. Perfect!

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