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    Olga Mielczarek

    Hi Mr. Kate!


    I’ve recently saw your DYI of a plain IKEA chest of drawers transforming it into a beautiful blue steam punk piece. It gave me food for thought and was want to re-vamp my old desk. But after googling a lot, there seems to be so much that you can do in many different ways, that I’m confused 😉

    The desk is a chunky piece, it looks something like this:


    As far as I can tell it doesn’t have any shiny coat on it, it’s just wood. And as far as I can tell it’s solid wood. So basically, I would love your tips on how to paint it A-Z. Because with the IKEA chest you just painted it and did nothing else to it.

    1. Should I sand it down?

    2. Should I use a primer (what kind)?

    3. What kind of paint (does it have to say it’s for wood? If I want to use spray paint, what kind?)

    4. Do I apply 2 coats of paint?

    5. Do I apply something of top to seal it, prevent from chipping, like a protecting coat of something?


    I would appreciate your advice so very much!




    Gloria Morgan

    Why do you want to use a paint for wood? Use a wood coat.


    Olga Mielczarek

    why not? I want to paint it colourful.

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