DIY IKEA Maximera Drawer Fronts

It’s no secret. I’m a big fan of IKEA’s Sektion cabinets. So much so, that I sometimes use their cabinet frames and drawer hardware as a basis of my own semi-custom cabinetry for budget-conscious clients. There are a few companies making really nice drawer fronts and doors that work with IKEA hardware and frames, but sometimes even that dizzying number of options won’t work. Sometimes, it’s a matter of matching an existing finish. Other times, it’s a large enough job that it makes more sense to produce the doors in-house, assembly-line style.

For producing your own IKEA Maximera drawer fronts, all you really need is a good template and a basic woodworking shop. This template should get you half-way there. You’re on your own for the rest 😉

Ikea drawer front layout

Spraying Polyurethane: Minwax Fast Drying Semi-Gloss

I had some success spraying Minwax fast-drying polyurethane with a 1.4 tip HVLP, thinned 10% with mineral spirits. Dry time was long as opposed to pre-cat lacquer, but the finish quality was adequate. 45 mins between coats, and fully dry to the touch after 3 coats, 3-4 hours out. 10-20% humidity (atmospheric) and 80-90*F. It was applied to grey barnwood, which darkened considerably upon application. While still tacky, I sprayed the pieces with white spraypaint from 1-1/2 feet away, creating a fine, even mist that stuck to the polyurethane very well. Top coats over that added dimension and a nice sheen. Screen Shot 2018-07-31 at 8.24.06 PM