For non Ikea aficionados, a Billy bookcase is made of wood veneer and the one I wanted to paint was the birch veneer like so:
I decided I wanted it white.
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It was a complete nightmare.
I used a primer as advised (Crown cupboard primer). The blurb said it was "ideal for melamine, MDF, wood, wood veneers and acrylic bath panels". They lied to me. It was completely useless and I stopped counting after 6 coats of white satinwood. It was streaky, drippy (technical term) and horrid and the paint just rubbed off. It really nearly pushed me over the edge....
Eventually, after days and days of tedious painting it looked OK. From a distance. I popped the shelves back in but what I failed to anticipate was that the layers of paint made the shelves too thick and as I struggled to manoeuvre them in, this is what happened:
Readers, I was desperate. I raided a DIY store for a wallpaper sample and just had enough to stick on the insides like so:
If only Emma Kate had posted her wise words on how to paint melamine and suchlike before I embarked on this ridiculous caper. See here for how to do it properly.
What is it with me and diy/crafting disasters? See here and here and here for more foolishness. Mr J and P says that at least I'm trying... Mmmmmm what can he mean?