TODAY I’M SHARING AN IKEA DRESSER HACK. YOU WON’T BELIEVE THIS SAD CURB-SHOPPED BEFORE AND AFTER!
Aside from cinnamon rolls, I can count on one hand how many times I’ve bought something from IKEA. When I found this pine dresser curbside, I was 99% sure it was IKEA. It was lightweight – I loaded it into my FUV (Furniture Utility Vehicle) by myself. It had the giveaway plastic drawer rails. And also the signature assembly hardware. But after I lugged it home, I started questioning myself because I couldn’t find an exact match anywhere online.
Facebook #sifamily to the rescue. *big smile – you guys are the best*
Diana and Kelly both left a comment confirming this IS an IKEA Narvik dresser. Even the bun feet are original to the piece. Everything is identical to the ones they bought over 20 years ago!
So I can’t wait to share this Ikea Dresser Hack with you. You’re not going to believe this sad-curb-shopped before and after! And as an added bonus, I have 5 other before and afters for you at the end of this post because it’s my favorite Thursday of the month – Furniture Fixer Upper Day!
Here we go… what do you think?
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DIY IKEA DRESSER HACK::
I started by giving this piece a super good cleaning with TSP. Then I removed the feet and hardware.
After the piece dried, instead of sanding (which would have resulted in a TON of bleedthrough!) I used Slick Stick to make sure the paint would adhere. I noticed some scratches and imperfections after the first coat, so I used DB Mud in White to cover them up – then applied my second coat of slick stick right on top.
Once it was ready to paint, I mixed equal parts Coffee Bean + Gravel Road. This resulted in this deep and moody charcoal that you see below.
TIP:: When I use a high-density roller to paint my primer or paint, rather than dirty another paintbrush, I use the end of my roller to get into all the grooves. The foam contours to the shape of the groove and works perfectly. The key to a nice clean look when using this little trick is not to overload the foam with paint. Here’s how it looked with the first coat.
Once my base coat was dry I started stenciling with this cream. I used the combination of a roller + brush to stencil this large dresser. The high-density roller made the job go quicker while the brush made the edges nice and crisp.
This was my first time using a ReDesign With Prima brush for my stenciling. It’s technically called a waxing brush but this brush was AMAZING for stenciling. The best one I’ve tried so far!
And here’s a stenciling tip from Angeline – one of our #sifamily!
“When stenciling furniture and using a few colors on an already painted colored background, make sure your first coat of stencil paint is white so that when you put your colors on top of the dried white coat, the colors will ‘pop’ and not be dimmed by the background-color”. ~ Angeline
Thanks for this! I love it when you all email me and share your experiences, so keep them coming!
Did you notice I’m missing some knobs? I was positive I had a set of 12 but when I went to install them I was three short. It’s a perfect excuse to spend an afternoon shopping. 😉
And now for some FURNITURE FIXER UPPER FUN!
I know you’re going to LOVE what this team of creative girls do. It’s inspiration and techniques six-fold! 😉
Below are their BEFORE photos – visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and to learn how they did it! I’ll meet you over there! 😉
If you missed my last post and want to take a peek at 1/2 of our Furniture Fixer Upper Crew gallivanting around Austin Texas, you can check us out here. I’m wishing you an amazing weekend and I’ll see you all back here next Tuesday!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS IKEA HACK PAINTED DRESSER … OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
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Wishing you a beautiful day filled with inspiration and Happy Painting friends!
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