DIY: Ikea Helmer HackSunday, November 20, 2011
After construction, I began to tape off the places I wanted to stay white. I had originally wanted to do chevron on the whole cabinet, but when I realized the sides wouldn't even be shown and it'd take that much more time and spray paint, I left the sides and tops white but taped off enough to put a gold border on each side.
Then, off to the backyard it went for some gold spray paint. I learned in this DIY that I'm a REALLY bad spray painter. Make sure you do lots of light coats, rather than one thick coat, otherwise it drips and you have to wipe it off and do it over again....fun...
I let mine dry overnight, peeled off the tape, and tada! The filing cabinet of my dreams.
Tip: You may get a little bleeding from the spray paint, even though you taped the crap out of it. I used nail polish remover and it worked like a charm.
The sides look exactly like the top, white with a gold border. Just look at that beauty product organization...pretty sweet feeling of accomplishment :).