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Best paint/stain to match IKEA black/brown

mrs.strombo's picture

Hello all,
New to this forum, and hoped you "DIY experts" out there can help me out...

Does anyone know where I can buy a stain to re-paint/re-stain some dressers I have to match the black/brown stain of the IKEA Hemnes series??

I have tried calling/visiting IKEA and they do not sell this stain.. what they sell is actually paint...
Theuy told me they do not sell "stains" and that this was an actual "paint"

I have tried Home Depot, however they do not have it. We do not have Lowes in Ottawa. And Rona is on my to-do list.

What I am hoping is that someone has already done this and they can provide me with the brand and stain colour of the stain they used.

Thanks in advance..


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David27a's picture

They look fantastic! And really do look like brand new pieces.

mrs.strombo's picture

Thanks everyone...
I will be moving into a brand new house in about a month, so this room is in the midst of being all packed up (I also wanted to paint them before I moved since I didn't want any dirt/dust to ruin the finish since I will be moving to a new developement still under construction)... once I move, and I'm all settled in, with the proper paint on the walls and a little decor, I'll be sure to take pictures of the 'complete' room...

As for the use of a high density foam roller, that's excatly what I used, not only because it was recommended on this site, but the guy at HD sugested the same thing... for the parts that couldn't be reached by the roller, I just used a foam brush.

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Well it took me two weekends, but the dressers are finally painted!
Here is the before and after...

I used:
Wiped down with damp cloth, slightly sanded (just to remove shime and give the surface some tooth and then wiped it down with a damp cloth again....
Tinted Primer (Bimmer 123) 1 coat
Ralph Lauren Paint (Turret Stair) 2-3 coats

Voila... whats nice is that, even with a couple of coats of paint, the grain stilll shows through....

Photos actually don't do the dressers justice....

mrs.strombo's picture

On a mission to answer this question... I visited a few paint stores today... and determined that the Ralph Lauren Turrent Stair paint (mentionned else where on this forum) truly is the best bet if someone decides to PAINT furniture to match the Ikea HEMNES furniture series,

The guy at Home Depot recommended 2-3 coat of semi-gloss, a good primer, and a high density foam brush...

I can't wait to begin my project... stayed tuned for before and after pics!!

daylily's picture

I don't know where you can buy an IKEA stain, but a few years ago, I had to replace one of my kitchen cabinet doors that broke, and I needed to match the stain. I took one of my existing cabinet doors to Randall's Paints in Bells Corners. They kept the door for a few days and prepared a custom-made stain that was a stunning match - exactly dead on. The custom-made stain was the same price as the pre-made stains.

I don't know if the woman who did the work still works there, nor do I know if all of the employees are that talented to create an exact match, so I couldn't guarantee anything for you, But that is one option for you.

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