Description: My boyfriend has had this old Ikea Besta for years. We’ve had it hidden away in the guest room but I decided to remake it into an entry way console.
Because it is a laminate, I used Zinsser Cover Stain Oil Primer to prime the bookcase for paint. The great thing with this particular primer is that there is no need to sand.
I chose to paint the bookcase a glossy charcoal gray. Probably not the best choice but I wanted it to have a good amount of sheen.
Turns out, gray is pretty boring by itself! I decided to add a bit of sparkle by doing a 2″ wide stripe of gold leaf along the sides and top. I also gold leafed the front of each shelf. It was a weekend’s worth of work and well worth it!