Ikea Cabinet Meets Annie Sloan

Several years ago I purchased an Ikea cabinet to house my computer. The pieces came in a box with illustrative assembly instructions (no text – just pics). I’m proud to say I put this cabinet together all by myself. Although the wood grain was pretty, I decided to paint and embellish it.

This is the Ikea computer cabinet after I was done with her.
This is the before, which I know some people might prefer.
I like it this way too, it’s just a little too contemporary for me.

I used Pure White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and clear wax.
The doors were plain so I decided to add some wood appliques.
I applied a base coat of the Pure White.
Then added a wash of Louis Blue Annie Sloan Chalk Paint,
mixing equal parts paint and water. I rubbed off the excess and applied clear wax.
I glued the appliques on with spray glue and added a very small finishing nail to secure them.
Then simply touched up the finishing nail with paint so you don’t see it.
The hardware was swapped out for something more vintage-looking.
I plan to do a little work on the interior of the cabinet, as well.
The Ikea cabinet now wears the same colors as my little blanket chest, which you can read about here.
I’m going to do something with the face of that clock. 
Ever since I painted the frame, the face seems too yellow for the room.
I like this piece better in blue and white.
It no longer houses my computer … instead, it holds my crafting supplies.
I like it better this way!

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  1. What a great transformation! Love the little decals you added too!

  2. Great job! LOVE it!

  3. I definitely like the painted cabinet better! It looks beautiful. I have never used ASCP and don’t even know if I can purchase it here but I am wondering if you have to prime that wood before painting? That sure would save a lot of time if you could. Pamela

  4. That looks great. Have not used the Pure White yet.

  5. Hi Jennifer,
    Wow, it looks amazing!! You did a fabulous job and you would never guess the cabinet was originally from Ikea. It looks like a beautiful vintage piece.
    Hope you have a wonderful week!!~

  6. Love it! It looks so much better now!


  7. What a great combination! NIcely done!

  8. Hi Jennifer,
    You did such a good job! I love it white with the blue accents, it ties in so nicely with the chest! Your home just keeps looking better and better. What creative things have you done in the kitchen that’s a room I haven’t seen yet.lol

  9. Hi Jennifer! Well done! It blends right in and looks so much better with the medallion detail that you added. The details make the difference. Love it in your room! Hugs, Kimberly

  10. Fantastic transformation! When I saw the thumbnail photo for your post I thought it belonged to one of the Scandinavian blogs I follow. Their homes are filled with vintage white painted pieces like yours. Fooled me!

  11. Looks outstanding…like the added details. Congrats to the winner:)


  12. Oh I love it ! Wonderful job . Have a good day !

  13. Love what you did to it. I’m with you on the whole contemporary thing. Somtimes you just need a change! Nice job.


  14. Love it in the new colour and with the appliques. It matches your room beautifully Jennifer.

  15. what a change!–love this, jennifer:) such a cute corner, too! congrats to lorraine!

  16. I like the after too!


  17. What a nice transformation! It is a unique piece in itself and love that you dolled it up with those scrolls!

  18. I found you on the Cowgirl Up link party. Your transformation is beautiful! I love the embellishments!

  19. Fabulous transformation. I love it. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  20. This is a match made in heaven. This post is so inspirational. I would love it if you could share this awesome post at our What’s It Wednesday linky party. I hope you can join us.


  21. Dear Jennifer, this piece is a real goodie, it turned out beautifully and is perfect for the living room, matching everything else that is cute there, I love this furniture very much, really good.

  22. What a big difference paint and appliques make. Beautiful!

    We are running a Before and After Link party to support Habitat for Humanity, with a chance to be featured on other big blogs and win gift cards. Would love if you entered! http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/2012-before-after-series/

  23. Amazing transformation! Love how it has such a French-y feel to it now. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing it at Inspiration Friday!

  24. Wow! That is a great makeover! I love when the before looks sooo different from the after. Nice job.

  25. This is beautiful~ I’m featuring you tomorrow! XO, Aimee

  26. That turned out great! With so much character and detail it doesn’t look Ikea at all now. If you’re ever looking for another place to share your creative projects, join us over at Etcetorize. Party starts later tonight, would love to see you there!

  27. I am playing “catchup” again as I’ve fallen behind in my visiting. So many projects…so little time! LOL! You did a fabulous job on that cupboard and I’m with you. I like it better now for sure. If I’m going to look old I want everything around me to look that way too! LOL!
    I haven’t tried the chalk paint yet but it’s only a matter of time!

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