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Spray Painting the IKEA KROKIG Shelf

Back in May when my cousin was moving, she asked if I wanted the IKEA KROKIG shelves she had on the wall in her girls' bedroom. They didn't match her planned decor in the new house, and she wasn't planning to use them.

They didn't really match my planned decor, either.

I took them, though, so I could think about it, but I was pretty sure that I wasn't going to use them, and I just left them in the car while I thought about what to do with them.

In an attempt to be helpful, Chris brought them inside for me, and Sunshine and Sweetheart became...very attached to them. (Thanks, honey.)

At that point, I decided that I needed to try to make them work because my kids were very insistent that we use them in their new bedroom.

The obvious choice was to paint them, but I didn't know how well paint would adhere to the plastic. I tried to find a tutorial or something on Pinterest where someone else had done what I wanted to do, but I couldn't find anything. This is actually surprising to me because these KROKIG shelves are seriously neon green. Surely someone somewhere has tried painting them before?

I read up about painting plastic, and with nothing more to lose than a couple of disappointed girls if my project didn't work out, I went to the hardware store to buy some spray paint in the shade Sunshine chose: Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch Multipurpose Spray Paint in Berry Pink Gloss.

First, I wiped them down with a damp microfiber cloth to get all of the grime off that had accumulated over the years. Then I set them up outside where I do most of my painting. I wasn't sure if I should paint in two sessions so that i could do the inside and the outside separately or not, but I decided to try just the outside first to see how it turned out. I was a little concerned that the paint would pool in the crevices on the inside if I painted it with the inside facing up. In the end, it was actually quite easy to spray in through the hole and cover the inside at the same time so I didn't have to worry about letting it dry and painting the other side another day.

The Rust-Oleum paint actually covered really well on the plastic, much better than all of the wood spray painting I've been doing recently. I ended up spraying on three coats, but I think two would have been plenty. I had a good amount of paint left in the can I bought, as well. It really didn't take much at all. If you want to paint plastic, this Rust-Oleum Multipurpose spray paint works really well.

I left the KROKIG shelves to dry while I ran some errands, and when I came back a couple of hours later, the shelves looked fantastic and the paint dried quite well. I can't wait to finish up the bed so I can get these shelves on the wall and see how they look!


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