how to use the Ikea paint repair kit to fix nicks and dings…
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If you haven’t purchased Ikea furniture, you need to call the Guinness book people RIGHT NOW. You, my friend, are one of a kind. I dare say almost all of us have lived with some piece of Ikea furniture in their lifetime. Be it your childhood desk, a sofa in college, or your current kitchen table…it’s hard to furnish a home without having at least a small something or other from Ikea.
We are NO exceptions. I love some Ikea. Not necessarily for the same reason as most people love Ikea…i.e. the prices. I love Ikea because they sell SERIOUSLY the BEST cinnamon rolls on the planet.
Sure, the prices are pretty awesome, too.
One thing that’s always been tough about Ikea, however, is that the finishes on their stuff are pretty unique. The faux-wood, laminate-y, glossy finishes…the not-so-standard colors they use…things like “black brown”…these oddities can make repairing Ikea stuff pretty difficult.
Until now! Mohawk has developed a new product called the 3 in 1 repair stick. Currently, it’s formulated in 4 colors, and 8 more are soon hitting the market. They developed this product line specifically with Ikea furniture in mind. They told us that the colors were formulated to work perfectly with Ikea products. So we were looking forward to these coming in the mail so we could give them a try.
Because by now, you guys may be aware that we are a THRIFTY household. And in a thrifty household, do you know what’s even better than Ikea prices?
Ikea prices SECOND-HAND. Yep, we have been known to purchase Ikea furniture from Craigslist, or local facebook garage sale sites. Many times. And that means we spend even less! But the flip-side of spending less is that these items have been loved much more. Love that shows up as extra scratches, nicks and dings.
We received these repair sticks at the perfect time. We had just purchased bunches of secondhand Ikea storage units for a closet renovation we are in the midst of completing. So in order to really put this product through the paces, I took a used Komplement shelf (goes with the Ikea Pax collection) and made it even more used via the help of a hammer, some chain, and a power drill driver and screw.
Before the tutorial, let’s go over what you’ll need for this repair project:
For this furniture repair DIY project you’ll need:
Ready to see how this repair stick works on a white Ikea “Komplement” shelf?
Here’s the Mohawk 3-in-1 repair stick video tutorial:
I mention in the video that we tried both the white and white stain sticks on this Komplement shelf. And for this item, the “white stain” was a fantastic match. The “white” is a bit warmer in tone. The image below shows the results on the shelf, with the product dried. You can’t even see anything for the white stain, but if you look hard, the white does have a bit of a cream/yellow tinge.
But we didn’t stop with just testing this repair stick out on one Ikea item. I wanted to see how it would fare on this “Gulliver” chair that’s pretty much an Ikea heirloom at this point. This thing has been around at least a decade…and I feel like that’s a pretty long life span for an item that originally cost $10, wouldn’t you agree?
And this chair has DEFINITELY seen better days. But it’s still a sturdy, well used piece of furniture, so certainly worth saving and just sprucing up a bit.
Using the same technique as described and shown in the video, we fixed up this chair. And you can see the results for yourself!
For this piece, we found the “white” finish to be a better match. And you can use multiple sticks to get the best coloring. For instance, mixing the black and brown sticks will work great for those black-brown Ikea items.
In case you’d rather read than watch the tutorial in video form, let me just go over the basic steps you’ll need to follow in order to use this product.
How to use the Mohawk 3-in-1 Repair kit to touch up Ikea paint and repair furniture:
1.) Clean item, eliminate dust, etc.
Gotta start with a clean surface to get the best results. And that was the only time consuming part of this DIY project for me! This child’s chair of ours had a good inch of nastiness on it before I started. I realize what this says about the level of cleanliness in our home ?.
2.) Use Fil-Stik to fill any nicks/dings.
If your surface defect(s) have any depth at all, you’ll want to fill those with the Fil-Stik. That’s the portion that looks like a crayon. Don’t be lighthanded with this part. Really push that Fil-Stik material into those gaps and cracks.
3.) Use leveler cap.
Once you’ve filled the nicks/dings/what-have-you, put the cap back on your Fil-Stik. The cap has the leveler on it. Use this like you would a squeegee on a windshield. You’re trying to smoothe the surface of your furniture. Run your fingertips over top of the area after it appears level. If you feel any bumpiness, continue to level until the surface feels perfectly smooth and level.
4.) Use marker.
The marker tip is the last step in the repair process. Shake the repair stick vigorously before uncapping the marker. Once shaken, with the marker tip pointing toward ceiling, depress the “nib” or tip of the marker to release any gases. Then, turn marker tip downward and fully depress nib onto a folded, clean paper towel. This will get the marker’s paint flowing. Once you see the paint in the tip of the marker/paint on the paper towel, it’s ready to use.
A little of this paint goes a long way. And I’d recommend “painting” a small amount onto your piece, then allowing the paint to cure/dry for at least 15 minutes before applying more. At first, just like with regular wall paint, you will be able to see the paint on the surface of your furniture, but as it dries, it should match your furniture more and more.
And that’s it! Here are a couple more befores/afters of our Ikea Gulliver chair:
Now truth be told, if I would have spent a little more time on this chair, I am sure the results could have been even better. But I only invested a whopping 15 minutes on this fix. And I’d say the results are really awesome.
And one of the chair legs:
Good, huh?! All in all, I’d say this affordable product is SUPER easy to use, and will provide some really great results fixing the nicks and dings you have on any of your Ikea pieces at home.
PLUS, these 3 in 1 repair sticks will work on ANY of your furniture…not just Ikea stuff. BONUS.
What a simple way to extend the life of some already super affordable furniture! That’s music to my Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ala “Thrift Shop” loving-ears. You know the reference? I’ll paraphrase the gist of the song, without the explicatives…why the heck should we spend more $$ on things like furniture when we don’t need to? Especially for those of us that are still in school, or move a lot, or have small kids.
Why not buy super affordable (as in Ikea) furniture, and with the help of this simple repair stick, keep it up and running and looking good for as long as humanly possible? Like they say in that awesome song… “we’re “savin’ my money and I’m hella happy that’s a bargain,” (we’ll skip the word at the end…you guys get the point). Catch you later, gators.