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Ikea Hack Hemnes Nightstand

We are back with a new Ikea hack and we are in love with how it turned out. Deep green paint color, brass hardware and added trim work on the drawer fronts completely transform the basic Ikea Hemnes nightstand. Talk about an Ikea Hack bedroom transformation.

Ikea Hemnes Nightstand Hack

You are going to want to save this Ikea Hack Hemnes Nightstand project for your “to do” project list! It is pretty amazing to take a simple white nightstand and totally make it look high end.

supplies for Ikea hack nightstands

What you need:

Ikea Hemnes nightstands in white

Valspar cabinet paint in Flora


Miter shears

Cabinet paint rollers and tray

Trim (chair rail moulding)

Wood glue

brass cabinet knobs

Ikea Hack Hemnes Nightstand

A few tips on supplies…

Primer – using the right primer is key for painting Ikea furniture. We highly recommend using Zinsser BIN Shellac-based primer. This primer goes on so smooth and makes applying paint over laminate a breeze! By using this primer, you do not have to throughly sand the piece prior to painting.

ikea hack nightstands Valspar Flora green paint

Paint – We also love using cabinet paint when painting laminate Ikea furniture for Ikea hacks. It goes on so smooth and will be tough for a high traffic piece of furniture.

Miter shears – If you haven’t used miter shears before when adding trim work, you are missing out. These things are brilliant! They make cutting trim so easy. Now I just want to add trim to anything and everything.

mitt shears for Ikea hack nightstands

New hardware – Changing out the existing Ikea hardware is so important. New brass hardware will transform the piece. We love using these knobs. They look so high end!

Ikea hack nightstands

How to Hack the Ikea Hemnes Nightstand

We have a blog post that details everything you need to know about how to paint Ikea furniture. Make sure and check that out for so many tips and tricks. And to see the full tutorial on the Ikea Hack Hemnes Nightstand project, you can find it over on hunker.com.

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  1. Hi,
    Would you say the Flora color is accurately depicted in the pictures? I purchased the Flora paint sample but it is VERY dark so I’m curious if lighting is the issue. I’m 4 samples in and still haven’t found the right shade for me 🙂 Thanks!

    1. It for sure dries darker that the paint itself looks in the can. The pictures are pretty true – but all computer screens will show color a bit differently.

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