Ikea Hack Featuring Chalk Paint™ Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan

2 Hours
We gave this Ikea TV stand a new life with a fresh coat of Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan and some new hardware.
Before and After
For this project we used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Ochre and Annie Sloan Soft Wax in Clear. We paid under $50 for all the paint and wax and we still have enough to do a few more projects!
We had a piece of wood cut to fit the opening of the bench to create a door so that we could stash our junk out of sight. We attached two hinges so the door swings up.
The best part about using Chalk Paint™ for this project was there was no need to sand or prime the bench. We literally just shook the can, opened it up, and started painting. Even on cheap melamine! For the style we were going for, brush direction wasn’t a concern. We applied the paint in circles, back and forth, and up and down. We only needed to use the 4 oz sample size to cover the bench with two coats. According to the website, 4 oz covers an area of about 12 sq ft. A little bit went a really long way!
Once the paint was dry we applied the Clear Soft Wax with a lint free cloth, although you can use a brush. We applied the wax in small areas making sure to work the wax into the paint until the whole bench was completely covered. The purpose of the wax is to preserve and protect the paint. The wax was dry to the touch shortly after it was applied. Once the whole thing was waxed we took a piece of 120 grit sand paper and lightly distressed the edges and random spots on the surface of the bench.
Next we added the brass corner hardware to all four top corners of the bench.
Then we drilled a hole in the centre of the door for the decorative knob.
Stephanie @ Mommyzoid
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  • Jenn Stutler Jenn Stutler on Jan 11, 2021

    Did you need to add a center support? For the weight of humans versus the weight of a TV

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