As much as I looove Ikea, I don’t love when you walk into a room (or drive down a street) and can easily say “Oh, that’s from Ikea” about something you’re seeing.We have had their super-affordable, cute and versatile Tarno bistro set for a couple years now and we love it. The set of table and two chairs only cost $50 total in the first place, so it’s a steal. But, we were ready for a change. All I saw when I looked at them was “Ikea!” We like the Ikea Tarno painted so much better than the raw wood-look.
So, as you’ve seen, here is the set before I painted it:
It’s a terrible photo, sorry. I assumed that I had lots of good “before” photos before I started painting. Well, I didn’t…
Here it is now:
It’s pretty cool how much more modern and fresh it looks. All it took was sanding, painting and sealing. So easy.
Here’s how I recommend painting the Ikea Tarno:
- Give it a light sanding, whether it’s new or you’ve had it a couple years like us.
- Wipe it down with a damp lint-free cloth. (We LOVE these towels and use them for this, and so many other things around the house).
- If you want it to last a long time, put a coat of primer on it. Or if you’re like me and always too
impatientexcited, go straight to painting.
- Paint the insides and ends of the wood slats with a brush. Then roll the paint on the surface with a small foam roller.
Regarding which paint to use: I had leftover interior paint in this mint color, so I used that and then followed it up with a coat of sealer so the paint didn’t peel off. If you use exterior paint, you won’t need to do seal it.
- Celebrate how easy it was to make such a big difference.
I was actually nervous before painting and almost backed out a few times. I had no idea what to expect with just the wood being painted. I was afraid it might be way too feminine and cute, but it was way more modern-looking than I imagined. We’re so happy with the way it looks painted. Hopefully this weekend we’ll have the porch a lot more finished.
P.S. I will be back tomorrow for a rare Thursday post with a few more notes on and photos of our other self-watering planters.
Update: Click the picture to see the finished front-porch.