How many adorable tutorials for the IKEA DUKTIG kitchen makeovers have you seen? Probably tons! It’s a cute toy, very affordable, and making over a tiny kitchen is a heck of a lot more appealing than facing a major kitchen reno in your own home.
What about all the adhesives, finished and chemicals that go into some of these makeovers? With Homestead House’s Milk Paint, the paint is biodegradable and is natural. Sounds much better!
IKEA DUKTIG Kitchen Makeover
For this you’ll need the DUKTIG, some painter’s tape, the screwdrivers you used to assemble it (since you need to take some parts off for painting) and of course, milk paint! To get this colour I mixed 2 parts Laurentian with 1 part Renfrew Blue (and the 3 parts water).
Painting IKEA Melamine
As with all milk paints, the colours might vary slightly depending on how well you mix the pigments and water, so I recommend mixing the dry pigments together before adding to the water. It will ensure a more even mixture, and less random pockets of colour.
Prepping IKEA Melamine to Paint
Before we get to that though, let’s talk prep! When painting melamine, it’s a good idea to use Fusion’s TSP to wipe down the surfaces first. It clears any residue or dirt, and makes for a better surface.
Next-up, you’ll want to add some Bonding Agent to your paint mixture (once it’s been mixed). As always, follow directions & proportions on the label, but given how much water you ended-up using in your paint prep, you might want to modify accordingly.
You may also want to tape off some parts like the windows and counters, and remove the handles from the doors, but depending on how much you’re painting, that’s your call. I wanted to keep it simple with one colour for the cupboards and wood countertops.
Painting with Milk Paint
It took 4 coats to ensure complete and even coverage of the unit. I mix the paint in smaller increments to avoid wastage, but give how many coats were used you might want to mix bigger batches.
Customizing the IKEA DUKTIG
While I didn’t add anything fancy like a backsplash, or use a stencil to create a tiled countertop, I did paint the feet, handles, and sink white. Following the same process as above, I used Sturbridge White to finish those pieces. Once everything was dry I put it back together.
Make sure you check out the tutorial for the kid friendly wood play food!
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