Today, I’m sharing how I transformed IKEA dressers into a chic furniture. If you are new to the blog, I recently completed the One Room Challenge. You can check out the reveal of my daughter’s bedroom here.
She had an old IKEA Malm dresser. I also purchased a Kullen dresser to use as a night stand. We decided to paint it white, but also wanted to give it some pizzazz. I partnered with My O’verlays to achieve the desired look.
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- Orbital Sander
- Paint Sprayer
- Paint Brush
- Tack Cloth
- Drop Cloth 9 x 12 or Drop Cloth 6 x 9
- Paint Pyramids. Used to hold up furniture boards.
I began by sanding down the the pieces. I highly recommend painting each piece prior to assembly. However, the Malm dresser was already assembled so I didn’t take it apart.
The orbital sander is an inexpensive tool to have if you plan on doing several projects.
After sanding, I used tack cloths and water to clean residue. Please don’s skip this step.
It was time to prime. It is important to select a primer that will work with IKEA furniture. After a lot of research, I decided the Bin Primer was the best option.
I used a paint brush to apply the primer. This left brush strokes. In the future, I will most likely use a roller to prevent this from happening.
After the primer dried, I sanded down the furniture with 220 Grit Sandpaper and cleaned the residue using the same process above.
It was time to paint! I applied one coat using the paint sprayer.
I also applied one coat of paint to the overlay kits. The kits look like this prior to application.
I used liquid nails to attach each kit to the drawers. After it dried, I applied a second coat of paint to each piece.
Below are some progress shots:
Allow 2-3 days of dry time. When it was fully dried, I applied one coat of sealer. I used this water based sealer. If the furniture will be in a high traffic area or used frequently, it is highly recommended to apply a sealer.
It was time for the fun part of adding the hard ware. There are so many options to choose from, but I chose these brushed brass knobs for a simple chic look.
THE FINISHED LOOK
It did take a couple of nights after work to finish it up but this project turned out just the way I had imagined.