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a little change


just a heads up, blogger is on the fritz today so if i disappear for a while, that's why...i just wanted to post small changes going on with the d*s apt project. more pictures to come asap- i've been slow to take pictures. if you remember, i bought a stripped down sideboard at ikea and have now painted it a glossy black and added some silver coral knobs from anthropologie (these are similar models). i'm happy with the look. slightly less ikea. i'm hoping this will go with pale grey walls or possibly something in the light blue family...update coming soon...


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Blogger Kate said...

those knobs are fantastic!

12:04 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

It looks GREAT!!! I'm curious how you painted it and with what type of paint. The coral knobs are super fun!!!

12:27 PM  
Blogger Victor said...

Grace, I love the posts on modifying ikea stuff. DIY makes me feel like I'm "building" my environement, and not spending too much or having to live with the crap that I would build :)

I'd love to see more of this! perfect!

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this looks wonderful...and SO chic...really great job!

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How exactly did you go about painting that in the glossy black? Did you sand first? Or, did the piece come totally untreated? Did you use a primer? How many coats?

thanks for indulging the 20 questions.


12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and, where did you find the plain silver knobs... b/c the Anthro near Union Sq on Lower-Fifth just has the ones covered in red rubber... atleast that's all they had when I was in there 3 weeks ago looking for knobs to update my crappy old dresser and nightstand.


12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly, it looks beautiful. So not Ikea-ish. What type of paint did you use?

12:58 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

thanks! i'm so glad you all like it. i got the knobs at the soho anthropologie, on west broadway- that's my favorite one. they were $6 a pop i think.

i used a glossy "lamp black" furniture paint from my local hardware store. it came unfinished so i sanded it well and cleaned it down then just went to town. clearly i should have primed it first but i'm really, really impatient so two coats did the job..although i managed to paint the doors shut the first time. way to go, grace.

i'm really, really happy with it, i think it looks less like an ikea piece with some personal details added...


1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, you really de-ikead it! looks awesome!

1:39 PM  
Blogger Erin T said...

I agree - personalization makes it look less like an IKEA piece. Nice job with the paint!
I love those coral knobs and that nice little touch of "nature" they add. These Twig pulls at Target are nice too (and a cheap find at $12 for 4) http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/sr=1-13/qid=1139942970/ref=sr_1_13/601-4582251-5203329?%5Fencoding=UTF8&asin=B0002MIU12

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW. until a week or so ago, i had that same exact cabinet. if we had thought to do something as gorgeous as what you did, we would not have gotten rid of it! i don't recognize it anymore at all. excellent work!

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOWSERS, d*s. Now that piece has presence! Perfect!


3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bauer Knobs and Pulls has a good selection of guess what, knobs and pulls. The in-store selection is best, but they have a web site also. http://www.bauerware.com/index.html

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed, very nice modifications- the sideboard looks quite elegant.

A tip on painting furniture:
>Prime the furnitire, perhaps two coats.
>Sand it smooth with 200-300 grit sandpaper to remve the texture.
>If possible use an aerosol lacquer spraypaint. Two coats should do it.
>If you have the patience, sand the laqcuer with very high grit to ensure it's very smooth.
>One more coat of spray.
>Two to four coats of clear lacquer gloss applied very thin and it'll be like glass!!

Oh and for the adventuresome, why not build your own. For about $70 and a weekend it can be done!

5:07 PM  
Blogger IMEDAGOZE said...

wow, it doesn't look like an ikea piece anymore. I love the coral knob, very stylish!

8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. That is seriously inspiring. Thanks!

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those are beautiful - I'm really angry they are only selling the red ones online...I would have bought the silver ones in a second.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Optimus said...

Holy moly. I'm very impressed. And I second the absolute burning need for them to sell the silver pulls online. Those are amazing.

6:11 PM  

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