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’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.
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.
But that blank palette bed makes us imagine other designs…
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