Call it Mellow Yellow

Joe and I made sure to take advantage of our long weekend.  I made some bow pillows, a trip to IKEA resulted in the purchase of a bookcase, and we got our hands dirty on another project.

For a while, Joe and I have wanted to repaint our Hemnes IKEA TV stand.  We’ve had it for at least two years so the white has gotten dirty and all those marks have become very visible.  Plus, we were kind of tired of the white.  That TV stand was begging for some color.

I had made some mock ups for different color options before the weekend.

Red wasn’t really going to work in this room.  Nothing else in here is red and it would stick out like a sore thumb.  Green would have looked nice but seeing as it’s our safety color, I was a bit hesitant to go down that route again.  I really liked the way blue looked but it would be difficult finding the right shade since the wall color has blue undertones.

I guess the color we chose was pretty obvious after my little teaser last week.

Seeing as we originally had plans for a grey and yellow room, choosing yellow was an easy choice.  Plus, we already had the paint (Martha Stewart’s Cornbread).  Since we also had sandpaper, brushes, primer, and sealer, this project has so far cost us $0.

To start, Joe and I carried the TV stand into the second bedroom (thank goodness for it because the cold weather would’ve kept us from being able to do this project).  Once in the back, we took the drawers out of the stand, took out the knobs, and wiped everything down.

To protect the rugs and floor, Joe put down a piece of the Expedit’s box.  Once we were all set, Joe started the project by sanding down the TV stand.  For most of it, it was just a light sanding to rough up the top layer.  For some parts, where there had been paint warping, there was a little extra sanding so everything was even.

After everything was sanded down, we wiped off all the dust from the TV stand.  Once it was all clean, I painted on the first layer of primer (I used Kilz Oil Based Primer) with a small roller.

And yes, I know my outfit is awesome.  You just wait.  It gets better.

We needed to wait an hour for the primer to dry but the results were pretty immediate.  It was blatantly obvious with what was primed and what wasn’t.

With the primer dry, I got to work on the first coat of paint.  To do this I used a mini roller for the larger surfaces and a paintbrush to get in the nooks.  I made sure that it was a very thin layer.

I told you my outfit got better.

The TV stand was looking real good after that first coat so I added another thin coat and waited a couple of hours to start sealing.

Sealing was easy but time-consuming.  I followed the directions on the can (I used Minwax Water-Based Polycrylic Protective Finish).  I added a thin coat with a synthetic brush.  After two hours – when the seal had dried – Joe would sand the TV stand.  This went on for three coats.

After I applied the third and final coat and it had dried, Joe lightly sanded the TV stand for the final time.  Per the instructions, you’re supposed to wait 24 hours before using the furniture, so that’s what we did.  We actually waited about 12 extra hours before bring it out.

Joe and I were excited to get the TV stand back into the living room.  For the past week, our living room has looked like a mess.  Basically, all of our DVDs and contents from the TV stand were in one corner while we used the coffee table for the television.

Joe and I carried in the TV stand, sans drawers, into the living room.  While Joe set up all the wires, I added the knobs back to the drawers.  It’s not an ideal set up, but for now, they’ll work.  On our last trip to Home Depot, we weren’t happy with any of the options.  We’ll try again maybe this weekend.  Perhaps I’ll even expand my search outside of home improvement stores.

So far, I am really enjoying the pop of color in this room.  It’s light enough that it’s not slapping you in the face or distracting you from your shows (it’s kind of a warmer yellow that sometimes has a slight tinge of orange).  In person it works well with the wall color.  Now that this is painted, the room is starting to feel more pulled together.

Hopefully, the fabric I ordered will do the job and we’ll be able to replace those horrible brown curtains.  Bleh.

I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to paint IKEA furniture (although, this was wood and not particle board).  Have you ever repainted IKEA furniture?  Did you have as much luck as us or was it a flop?  Do you like to paint the pieces before you assemble them or take it apart like we did (I imagine that could be a brilliant idea)?

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  • Ainhoa

    I love the yellow you chose! It looks great. We painted the filing cabinet I talked about yesterday and it was a pretty easy project, too!

    • Kristen

      Thanks! I was a little nervous about taking on this project but I’m so glad it was an easy one. Had you painted your filing cabinet that red??

      • Ainhoa

        Yes! It used to be a natural wood color veneer and we sanded it down just a bit and spray painted it. It’s holding up really well!

        • Ainhoa

          (I forgot to add, we did this over two years ago, just before we moved in in October 2009)

  • John@ Our Home from Scratch

    That came out great! Nice color selection. Was wondering how this would turn out… painting over a lacquered surface is daunting. Looks just as glossy as if you bought it that way! Well done!

    Not sure what’s weird about your outfit, I always paint in my poka dot pajamas… no, not really.

    • Kristen

      Haha – I should probably invest in some painting clothes, huh??

      The Hemnes collection is nice because it’s not really lacquered… it’s more of a stain/paint if that makes sense. It was already matte and very easy to lightly sand down so we didn’t have any problems.

  • M

    Anthropologie has fun knobs. And if you don’t need too many it wouldn’t be terribly expensive.

    • Kristen

      Good idea! We only need 2 so it’s definitely worth checking it out!

  • Ashley

    I like the Yellow…looks good. Try World Market for knobs. They have some beautiful ones to pick from.

    • Kristen

      Great idea! Off to check out their selection….

  • Christine @ Casa-de-Christine

    Looks fantastic! Love the shade of yellow you chose too (will keep that in mind for my dresser!).

    • Kristen

      It’s such a nice color to work with! I feel like it goes with everything :)

  • Brandi @ His Shabby Her Chic

    It looks great! Definitely adds a lot more to the space than the plain white did.

    Urban Outfitters has knobs too. They look like Anthropologie but don’t cost as much.

    • Kristen

      Thanks! There’s actually an Urban Outfitters by my office that I can check out!

  • Rebecca

    This never jumped out at me before in pictures, but I think you need a bigger tv! HAHA!

    • Melanie @ Mailbox Journey

      I just noticed this too! :p

  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication

    I love the yellow! It looks so good! I really can’t wait to see it with your new curtains! That room is going to be so much brighter! :)

  • Bailey Mikell

    The color looks so great! It really gives the room a different feel that I love. You did an awesome job, definitely inspires me to get on my big ‘craft to-do’ list! xoxo

  • michelle@decorandthedog

    Love, love, love that color!

    Your painting clothes look like formal wear compared to mine. True story.

  • Erin @ His & Hers

    I love the color. And I have that same exact painting outfit. Weird…. :)

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