Call me crazy but I went ahead and painted a Ramsjo door with
chalk paint. The reason why I'm thinking this route may work best for me is because I don't want the baked-in paint look - that is what I'll get if I order custom doors painted white from online door companies.
- the Conestoga doors are like this - plastic to the touch over solid wood. I haven't gotten a sample from Scherr's but would think that they would apply white paint in the same way. Probably a very durable finish, but not what I'm looking for in aesthetics.
Anyway, I used a 4" dense foam roller and applied two thin coats. I did a test on the front - I sanded a third of the door, left the middle un-sanded, and didn't touch the remaining third. The paint went on smoothly on both the sanded and un-sanded side and as you can see in the
, (under incandescent kitchen lighting) you can't tell any difference in texture or color. In contrast, what you can clearly see is that the untouched third is suddenly more pink in comparison.
My next step is to experiment with the topcoat - obviously I need something to protect from chipping, grease, and water - on the white part, I'll do half in wax (buffed to a very low sheen) and half in polyacrylic (in matte finish). I'll update tomorrow with the results using wax (need to find the matte polyacrylic somewhere local - much harder than I would've thought!).
Again, if anyone has already pioneered this type of experiment on Ikea doors, please share! I can't be the first!