That Plain Ikea Bed is a Canvas You Can Paint – Improvised Life

That Plain Ikea Bed Is A Canvas You Can Paint

We love this hack on the most vin ordinaire of Ikea beds by stylist Meta Coleman in her home in Provo, Utah: paint it PLAID. It made us realize that the plain white Ikea Malm Bedframe is really a nice blank palette with many possibilities…

ikea-malm-bed_4

Ikea’s description says that this particle board bed is “printed and embossed acrylic paint”.  All our research advises to prime the surfaces first, but we’d try a patch unprimed….just to see.  (A lot of people have successfully painted Ikea’s MALM, so there’s ample info on the internet.)  This diy diva painted a twin MALM bed a swell shiny gray bed; she gives her technique here.

ikea.com

As for plaiding, here are a few tips:
—Dilute the paint if you want thin, light stripes.
—Decide on the size of your squares and mark off the horizontal lines with a chalk line. Paint on the horizontal lines first. To get the effect of fabric, drag the stiff bristle brush through the wet paint. More info here.

 

A Cup of Jo

But that blank palette bed makes us imagine other designs…

…something Sol LeWitt-ish?

David Buckley Borden

…or something in ball-point pen perhaps?

ballpoint wallpaper by alissia melka-teichroew

ballpoint wallpaper by alissia melka-teichroew

…or perhaps take a cue from Ernst Caramelle’s beautiful walls….

Ernst Caramelle

via That Plain Ikea Bed is a Canvas You Can Paint – Improvised Life

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