The IKEA Pax Wardrobe Hack That Looks Totally Custom

The Sweetest Digs
by The Sweetest Digs
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Do you dream of having a custom looking closet?

We took our IKEA Pax and hacked it, creating a gorgeous, custom looking wardrobe. It was the biggest DIY project in our bedroom makeover, but SO worth it.

Here is what it was looking like before...
The Pax wardrobe stuck out like a sore thumb – like a piece of furniture that had just been dropped in the corner of the room.

I knew that I wanted to build it in so that there weren’t any gaps between it and the walls, and also wanted to paint it out the same color as the walls so it looked seamless.

The first step to customizing the wardrobe like this is to pull it out from the wall and cut out the baseboard. This means you can snugly get your Pax up against the wall.
Then you want to measure and cut out pieces of wood that will fill the gap between the top of the wardrobe and the ceiling.

You may also need to do this along the side, if you have a gap there too. These pieces are going to act as a brace for you to drywall against.

Now with your wood pieces in place, you cut your drywall to size and use drywall tape and compound (ie. “mud”) to make a smooth, seamless transition from Pax wardrobe to ceiling or wall.
Once you're done caulking, then it's time to paint!!

There is a secret paint you NEED to use on any IKEA furniture so that regular latex paint adheres properly.

If you don't use it, your latex paint will just chip off and peel away from the glossy Pax finish.

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  • Emmawilliams1 Emmawilliams1 on Jan 12, 2021

    very nice! question...What was the $200? Did that include the original cabinet?

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