Upholster an Expedit With a Panel Curtain


The IKEA Expedit is a classic and versatile piece of furniture, and needs no introduction! My old black-brown 4×2 one was due for a makeover after years of use, and a few very noticeable scratches down one side. I decided to give it a refresh using another IKEA product: the Anno Sanela panel curtain. The grasscloth-like material was perfect for transforming my out-of-the-box Expedit into something with a custom, expensive look.

Materials needed:
– One 4×2 Expedit
– One Anno Sanela panel curtain in gray
– Mod Podge or other adhesive
– Foam paintbrush
– Scissors
– Measuring tape

Expedit Before and After 1

Step 1:

Apply a thick layer of Mod Podge (or other adhesive) onto one of the short sides of the Expedit. Unroll the Anno Sanela panel and align with the edges of the Expedit, letting the excess of the panel curtain hang over the front. Press the material down onto the edge of the Expedit you coated with Mod Podge, making sure to smooth it out and avoid air bubbles or puckering.

Step 2:

Continue applying Mod Podge to the remaining two sides and pressing the material down on top of it smoothly. Work in small sections.

(Note: There will be a small gap at one end since the curtain panel isn’t quite long enough to make it around the three sides of the unit. That’s ok – just use some of the excess material that you trim away in the next step to cut some small pieces to fit that area and glue them down.)

Step 3:

Carefully trim the excess material off as close to the edge of the Expedit as possible using scissors.

Step 4:

Measure the width and height of the Expedit and cut two long pieces of each width and heigh measurement to cover the thick front edge. Those pieces should measure two inches wide. Glue those down with Mod Podge as well.

All the Mod Podge to dry and you’re all done!

For more information and photos, go to this post.