IKEA Hemnes Bridge Refinishing (Part I)

A customer recently asked if I could sand and strip a black/brown IKEA Hemnes Bridging Shelf and stain it to match her existing grey/brown IKEA Hemnes collection.

Below are photos of the sanding and paint stripping process, which took 3.5 hrs due to the thick factory  coating. The required tools are as follows:

  • 5″ orbital sander w/ 40, 80 and 120 grit sanding disks
  • Coarse steel wool
  • Oil-based paint stripper
  • Scrapper or 5-in-1
  • Dremel with  sanding attachments for corners and fine edges
  • Sanding block

4 thoughts on “IKEA Hemnes Bridge Refinishing (Part I)

    • I used Miniwax Weathered Oak and Classic Grey Wood Finish. The process is labor intensive and requires intuition, since I had to coat, sand down, recoat and on occasion wipe down with paint thinner. When the color looked right I finished it off with a protective layer of Miniwax Finishing Wax Paste.

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  1. Can you give a little more detail on the process? I haven’t been able to find a Part 2 🙂

    Did you sand first? Then use the paint stripper? What was your process like? It looks like the entire dresser was unassembled when you did this process, correct?

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  2. After sanding down the original finish to expose the wood grain, I began building up a new finish layer by layer, mixing two colors of paint and sometimes thinning it back down when it got too dark.

    For stain I used Miniwax Weathered Oak and Classic Grey Wood Finish. The process is labor intensive and requires intuition, since I had to coat, sand down, recoat and on occasion thin out/blend with paint thinner.

    When the color looked right I finished it off with a protective layer of Miniwax Finishing Wax Paste.

    Hope that puts you on the right track!

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