Updated: Feb 17, 2019
When I found out that Ikea furniture could “HACKED” I was all over it!!
I knew I had to find a something to “HACK “, anything to “HACK”!!
So when it was time to open our new salon I was all over this DIY.
I purchased 4 Ikea Tarva dressers and got right to work.
I had the hardest time putting one of these together so I had to call for a little help.
After these were put together I used wood glue to close the holes on the drawers (wasn’t sure what kind of pulls I was going to use). I let that dry overnight.I lightly sand the surface and painted all 20 drawers with this beautiful grey all in one Paint, I added 2 coats of paint letting each coat dry overnight.Then I decided to paint the bottom in this cranberry color to add some extra drama.
All done and ready for the finishing touches!!
While I searched around for different hacks, I came across a company that makes O’verlays for the front of Ikea furniture. They had a lot of different styles for every dresser except for this Tarva chest. So I contacted the company and they were willing to make me custom O’verlays, but since I had 4 and the cost was $85 per dresser, I knew I had to get creative. Thats about the cost of the dresser, yikes!! I love this company and how creative the furniture pieces are on their website. So please check it out!!
So here I go with my craziness, I purchased this Lattice ($64 for 2) and found my design in this 48″ x 32″ piece. 1 will cover 2 dressers this size. I used my ruler and t-square to draw my lines, and a carpet cutter to score the lines and cut my overlays.This was a lot of work, I took this to every hardware store, art store, and even a lumber yard. They all told me because it wasn’t wood they couldn’t cut it, or it would damage their equipment.
Next I knew I wanted to have an ombre effect, so I chose a color sample with 5 color (wasn’t sure which 4 colors) so I purchased all 5.
I purchased 1 pint color samples at $5 each.
These were perfect because it would have cost at least $12 per color.
I painted 4 overlays getting into every crack (this was work) letting it dry for 3 hours and applying another coat.
Ok don’t judge me but I love shiny things, so I lacquered the overlays. I painted the wood knobs that came with the dresser the cranberry paint on the bottom, but it looked to crafty.So I went to every Anthropologie and picked up these pulls (on clearance of course) they were $2.99 each. Anthro has the most beautiful things!!I lined up the overlays and glued them down, placing a book on each one to secure it. Then I let that dry overnight.I put the drawer pulls on and after a drive all around town I could only fine 16 pulls (remember these were on clearance) I even looked online but they were $30 each (thanks Ebay)No thank you, so I splurged on the 4 top drawer pulls at $8 each.
Wood Glue Paint Brush
Time & Paitents!!!