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Hi Daniel, found you via Apartment Therapy post on your desk. The white is definitely an improvement over the dark monolithic-looking Pax you had to start! I was wondering, did the paint adhere to the surfaces okay, and did you prep the surfaces at all? Thanks!
Thanks! I did give the whole thing a pass with some sandpaper (I can’t remember the grit, but one of those medium ones), wiped it down, and slapped it with two coats of primer before I painted. The paint seems to be holding up fine! You’ll also notice I didn’t paint the shelves, however– I was worried about dragging things out and things sliding around and the paint getting scuffed up. But the frame itself (or doors, if you’re thinking of doing this) doesn’t really get too much wear and tear, so I’m not too worried.
Hi Daniel– I also found you via AT. I’m planning on upholstering my Fjellse and was thrilled to see that someone had a) already done it, b) put up instructions, and c) made it look good, thus proving that I’m not insane to think it’s a decent idea. Then I stumbled on this post and realized that you have the answers to all of my Ikea bedroom furniture problems.
My question is this: did you disassemble the wardrobe before you painted the sides? I have no desire to attempt deconstructing my Dombas, especially since there isn’t room to lay it flat anywhere in my apartment, but am worried that I might end up with paint drips otherwise…
Nope, I didn’t disassemble at all except for taking out the shelves and drawers to paint the interior. For the outside, I just painted with a roller so that it would look similar to the walls (I even painted the right side of it the wall color so it would blend even more). Just remember to prime! Good luck!
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