DIY: Easy, Ikea hacked Box & Going Darker

Posted on January 5, 2018

This week I have got an easy DIY for you guys. Just take a cheap, wooden Ikea box and add some black glazing paint. It literally is the easiest furniture painting I have done until date.

I grew up in Denmark where it is said we have only two winters throughout the year instead of seasons, one green and one brown and mostly colourless. Therefore it is natural for us in Scandinavia to strive towards lighter colours as they reflect the light better. And we miss light very often, especially at this time of the year. I know I do.

I have actually spend numerous of hours painting dark-wooded furniture in bright, light colours. However, to me all pieces are unique and should be treated accordingly. When I came across Ikea’s Knagglig it had a nice, wooden aesthetic but like most of Ikea’s (although great things) it seemed mass-produced and lacking character. I have seen the Knagglig painted in a blue colour before in one of the Ikea display rooms but this time they had used black wood glazing paint on one of the boxes instead. The dark wood added just that bit of character I was looking for. So dark it was! (To add to the darker colour I used to bleach my hair blond for quite a lot of years and I just recently dyed my hair a slightly darker and warmer colour. I am loving that too.)

What you’ll need:
Ikea Knagglig box – 59 kr/ £5/ $5.99
Ikea Behandla wood glazing paint for untreated wood, 375 ml in the colour black – 39 kr./ £4/ $3.99/ $2.99
Paint brush (I would recommend a rectangular and flat paint brush no bigger than 35mm) – Ikea has a set of three in some good sized for 19 kr./£1.50 /

  • Bonus info: You can also get the box in a size bigger 46x31x25 cm. The box I have used for this post has the measurements 23x31x15 cm.

    1. Knagglig Box DK UK US
    2. Behandla Wood Glazing in black DK UK US
    3. Paint Brush Set of three DK UK US

  • You can also buy the wood glazing paint in white, light gray, green and red-brown apart from the black colour.

When I am painting a box I find it easier to start with the box upside down and paint it standing upside last. For this particular piece I think long brush strokes, over the entire surface, worked out better.

The dark, rustic box makes me think of a cabin in the woods or cool summers in my family’s holiday cottage. To me especially the floral blanket in the dark wood brings back memories. The texture of the wood reminds me of driftwood. The box could also work well for carrying vegetables from the garden to the house or for example for use in a small allotment garden.

Hopefully I will have inspired you guys to not always grab the white paint bucket, but sometimes ask yourselves: Would it be better to go darker with this particular piece?

Lots of love,

Linna

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