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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- [eafl id=”867″ name=”Bin Primer” text=”Primer”]
- [eafl id=”868″ name=”Polycrylic Sealer” text=”Sealer”]
- [eafl id=”877″ name=”Liquid Nails” text=”Liquid Nails”]
- Paint of your choice. I used 2 quarts this paint
- [eafl id=”858″ name=”Orbital Sander” text=”Orbital Sander”]
- [eafl id=”862″ name=”Paint Sprayer” text=”Paint Sprayer”]
- [eafl id=”863″ name=”Blue Hawk Paint Brush Set” text=”Paint Brush”]
- [eafl id=”864″ name=”Tack Cloth” text=”Tack Cloth”]
- [eafl id=”865″ name=”9 x 12 Drop Cloth” text=”Drop Cloth 9 x 12″] or [eafl id=”866″ name=”6 x 9 Drop Cloth” text=”Drop Cloth 6 x 9″]
- [eafl id=”869″ name=”Paint Pyramids” text=”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.
[eafl id=”858″ name=”Orbital Sander” text=”The orbital sander”] is an inexpensive tool to have if you plan on doing several projects.
After sanding, I used [eafl id=”864″ name=”Tack Cloth” text=”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 [eafl id=”867″ name=”Bin Primer” text=”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 [eafl id=”862″ name=”Paint Sprayer” text=”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 [eafl id=”868″ name=”Polycrylic Sealer” text=”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 [eafl id=”876″ name=”Brush Brass Knobs” text=”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.