Ikea Hack: Painted Dresser

Ikea Hack Dresser

This Ikea hack dresser is one of my favorite DIY pieces from my sister’s new Chicago apartment. The Tarva 3 Door Chest is a bargain, but the unfinished wood is far from apartment ready. We bought a can of Behr Coral Expression and added white paint to create an ombre look. Here’s how we transformed the dresser.

1. Start by painting the body of the dresser white.
2. Paint one of the dresser drawers in Coral. Add two or three coats.
3. Add white paint to the coral to lighten it. Paint the second drawer like you did the first.
4. Add more white paint to the paint mixture to paint the third drawer.
5. To add a bit of interest to the dresser, we spray painted the knobs gold.
6. We lined the inside of the dressers with gift wrap paper we found at Marshalls. Measure the insides of the drawer and cut the paper to size. Mod podge it to the drawer.
7. Put it all together and you’re done!

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  1. Michelle Klein July 12, 2013

    Did you paint the dresser when it was fully assembled, or did you paint each piece individually and then assemble it once dry?

    • WhyDontYouMakeMe July 13, 2013

      Hi Michelle!
      We painted if after we assembled it. Just remove the drawers and you can easily paint the body of the dresser.

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  3. Karen September 5, 2013

    Very pretty, but it’s not the Rast 3 Drawer Chest, it’s the Tarva.


    • WhyDontYouMakeMe September 6, 2013

      You are so right! Thanks!!

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  9. Heather04 January 9, 2014

    This looks great – chic and cute at the same time. I may take up your idea, but do it in a blue or purple fade away rather than coral. Thanks for posting the pics and instructions!

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  12. Berina March 29, 2014

    Hi – did you sand or prime the dresser prior to painting it? Thank you.

    • WhyDontYouMakeMe April 3, 2014

      Hi Berina! We did do one coat of primer before painting! Thankfully, it didn’t need to be sanded.

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