We wanted to place it in our living room but the pine was too yellow. I was pleased I have managed to enhance quality by sanding and painting the unit and colour match it with other furniture in the room.
Sand all elements. (I sanded by hand with 240 grit sandpaper but I would recommend using a sanding machine like a random orbital sander.) After sanding, use a slightly damp cloth to clean and remove all saw dust. Let dry.
Then paint. Apply a thin coat of glazing paint evenly with a paint brush along the grain of the surface.
Use as many coats as needed to get the desired depth of color. The finish will become deeper and more opaque with each additional coat of glazing paint. In between coats, let it dry thoroughly. (Takes at least 6 hours.)
Lastly, assemble the IVAR according to the combination you want.
What was the hardest part about this hack?
Hand sanding elements was not an easy task. Looking back at it I would definitely recommend doing it using a sanding machine.
What to pay special attention to?
The quality of timber differs although all elements are made from soft pinewood. The support elements are much better quality than shelves, also come from the different country origin. If I remember correctly shelves being sources in Russia and supports in Sweden.