Published at Wednesday, September 26th 2018. by Marcy Dillon in Storage Bench.
Bench with drawers. What would we do without them? But what, if your new drawer unit, doesn't quite match the rest of your decor with some slight ingenuity and hardware? That's not much of a problem! One thing I truly love about IKEA is that much of their selection can be had in raw untreated wood or plywood. It will readily accept about stain and paint making it ideal for hacking to anything.
Your creativity could come up with we're starting off with an IKEA me chest of drawers. Unfortunately, it's something which may be on its way out of the IKEA selection, it's not sold in Sweden anymore, even though it's available in some other locations. I was lucky enough to pick up a slightly used one at the flea market, but it does mean that I had to go through some extra steps to get rid of the marks left by the previous owner, which of course, you wouldn't need to do.
If you were to buy a new one, the drawer is also have a notch cut out in the front for easy opening, but the beauty here is that, if you don't like the notch, you can simply flip the drawer around to get a completely smooth face. This also proves fortunate, if you like me, have a slightly used model, as the back tend to be in a bit better condition since we're going to prep the unit for staining, I would recommend to give it a light sanding with a 220 grit sandpaper to make Sure everything is nice and smooth don't be too vigorous in your sanding.
However, as the top veneer isn't super thick and you could easily go through it, there are a lot of surfaces to sand, but don't fret, if your arms start hurting pain, builds character plywood. Thus, however, slowly kills your lungs so do wear those masks. I wanted to make the insides of my drawers a bit more durable to hold up to wear a bit better than the rest. So I took some time to mask off the outsides of the drawers and spray the insides with a couple of layers of black spray paint. This also took care of the marks left by the crayons that were kept in the unit before it came into my possession.
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