Project bathroom: Paint Ikea Godmorgon vanity

I had a cold this weekend, so I didn’t get much done. I did, however, paint the sink cabinet. The Ikea GODMORGON/ ODENSVIK sink cabinet (in black-brown) was installed by the previous house owners. I like the drawers underneath, because apparently I am vain and have a shitload of products. However, after I painted the floors black, the brown-black color was too heavy and dark.

I chose to paint it Farrow & Ball Teresa’s Green. There isn’t a local Farrow & Ball distributor in Minneapolis, so I had a tiny sample color matched at Home Depot and used that.

First, I removed the existing hardware (so I could use the most glorious knobs, instead!) and filled the holes in with wood filler. After that dried overnight (that’s just how things timed out, you don’t have to wait that long), I sanded them smooth, wiped everything down with liquid sander/deglosser, waited 10 minutes. Since I had a can of Zinnser BIN primer less than 5 feet from me, I used that. Although it’s tinted gray, it didn’t seem to affect the top coat color. One coat of that, and two of the Teresa’s green. You can still see the “wood grain” underneath the paint, which I don’t mind at all.

filling old pull hole with wood filler
filling old pull hole with wood filler
filling old pull hole with wood filler
filling old pull hole with wood filler

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First coat primer, first coat Farrow & Ball Teresa's Green color matched
First coat primer, first coat Farrow & Ball Teresa’s Green color matched

I drilled new holes and installed the new knobs.

New Crystal Knob
New Crystal Knob

 

The color matched sample of the Teresa’s Green is much lighter than the Farrow & Ball color swatch, in person it’s lighter and leans closer to Pale Powder. It’s not EXACTLY what I envisioned, and I’ll probably paint it again, but it served it’s purpose of lightening up the space, and cost less than $3!

Farrow & Ball swatch and color matched paint
Farrow & Ball swatch and color matched paint

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I am still on the hunt for the perfect mirror, and looking for a new bathmat with some color, and waiting for my new light, but things are happening. Maybe. Kinda.

4 thoughts on “Project bathroom: Paint Ikea Godmorgon vanity”

  1. I have a godmorgon in “white stained oak effect” and am thinking of staining so one can see the grain – is that possible? should I lightly sand it first?

    1. Hmmm. I’m not sure. The veneer is very thin, so I don’t think it would hold up very well to staining. Does it have a finish on it already that would stop the stain from absorbing?

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