It Can Be Done – Painted Laminate Ikea Changing Table

Remember those polka-a-dotted knobs I showed you how to make here?

Remember how I promised that the next post would be the Ikea Changing Table that the knobs went on?

I believe I promised that almost a MONTH AGO!  Ugh.

Well, here it is….

Ikea Changing Table 2

This was an $80 purchase off of Craig’s list.

Of course, I don’t have the before picture
(I never think of taking a before picture – which I need to work on).

Trust me, it was brown and and ugly and had fake knot holes.

I painted the changing table first with KILZ Premium Primer

KILZ® Premium Primer

This stuff is great because it prepares the laminate
to be painted with a latex paint.

PLUS it’s water and soap clean up!

Next, I lightly sanded it with 120 grit sandpaper to smooth the primer’s surface.
I wiped it down really well with a lint free rag and I was ready to paint.

I used a Valspar latex (satin) paint in a beige.  I painted two coats and then distressed it lightly.

My last step was to add 3 coats of Polyacrylic to protect the surface.

This stuff is great.  I use it on projects that have a “high” traffic area.

Next project is the crib.

I promise I will post the crib a whole lot sooner than I posted the changing table.


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  1. I love what you did with this. My question is, did you use a roller or paintbrush with the paint and the polyacrylic? I would love to redo my kitchen cabinets (awful almond) but when I tried this on bathroom cabinets I used a sponge roller and it came out a bit lumpy. I am hoping for a smooth surface. Thanks for any advice.

    • Hi Leigh, I never use a roller – even the foam ones that are meant for a smooth surface… they never work for me! I always use a nice brush – purdy are my favorites. I do the same for the polyacrylic. I have found if you use a fine grit sandpaper on the primer (before your first coat of paint) you will get the smoothness that you are trying to achieve. Good luck!

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