IKEA Hemnes Bed - Advice Please :)

Harriet Atkinson
23 August, 2019


I am wanting to paint my IKEA Hemnes bed (this isn't my bed but just an image I found online, it is the white wash one, not gloss) and was wondering how to go about painting this a dark almost-black/charcoal colour. What kind of paint would you suggest (chalk, matt?) and would a roller and paintbrush do the job? I want it to look as smooth as possible. Do I need to sand and use a primer?

If anyone has any tips or tricks, that would be much appreciated!

I am from the UK and so will need products available over here.

Thanks :)

Comments (3)

  • rachelmidlands

    Hi Harriet. There are methods to painting this bed frame but it’s a long and time consuming laborious job. You’d need to sand it as it has a lacquer finish. Then prime with a dark undercoat 2 coats, sand again lightly, satinwood, eggshell or matt furniture paint 2-3 coats (don’t use chalk paint...awful stuff), and depending on how the finish is you may want to put a coat of clear water based varnish/lacquer or clear wax to protect from chipping.
    Given that this bed also comes pre done in black stain I would sell the one you have on eBay, gumtree etc. and use the money (and time) saved on all the paints and buy the black version.

  • sarh123

    I think Rachelmidlands is spot on if the other ikea colour is ok. If not, it is worth a try but definitely not with chalk paint. A few years back we built a window seat using some Hemnes tv benches and I wanted it to match my hand painted wardrobes (!) Anyway I lightly sanded (black and decker) the finish just to give new paint something to grip. I then did a coat of a really good primer - I used mythic but I know Zinnser is good too. Perhaps go to a specialist decorator centre and ask for the best they have. I then did 2 coats of a Dulux trade paint to match wardrobes. Worked perfectly and lasted until we sold the house- and the seat was considered a feature!

  • sarh123

    Here is a close up of painted Hemnes cropped from my estate agent details! I just remembered that I removed legs so it was low enough, added a bead to match wardrobes and changed knobs as well - I'd been quoted £3k to match the existing wardrobes, so did the Ikea hack for about £200. It was the white Hemnes and changed it to grey. I got advice on the primer and paint at a Dulux decorator centre-as rachelmidland says, you would probably need two coats of dark primer to go from white to black.

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