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ikea hack tarva dresser diy before and after

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a fabulous weekend!  We managed to accomplish a ton of stuff and actually get a little relaxing in as well.  One of the main projects I worked on was a revamp of an Ikea Tarva dresser that Id purchased as an alternative to the mid century dresser that I was hoping to find for the nursery.

I began to realize that although I wanted a good vintage piece, I wasn’t willing to pay the price for one at this moment.  Instead, I decided that an Ikea hack with a slight mid century flair would work well.  Especially considering that – all in – this dresser cost me under $100.

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And not only was it extremely inexpensive, it is great looking and matches the same two tone esthetic as the crib I’m getting and the armoire that I repainted a couple weeks ago.

It was simple enough as well.  I started by building the general frame of the dresser, then painting it all over with a bare wood primer.  Then, painting the top portion with a semi-gloss white paint using a foam roller gave the dresser a smooth finish.  We took the square legs of the dresser and cut them on angles, inspired by Sarah Sherman Samuel’s ikea hack of the same dresser.  The angled legs give the dresser a much more distinctive look.

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The two tone wood combined with the angled legs and gold bar hardware give the entire dresser a hugely different look.  I am so excited to get this into the room with some of the other pieces we’ve been collecting… a few of which I am so excited to show you on Wednesday!

So, I know that this is a different direction than my initial idea, but I really like where I’ve landed with this project.  What are your thoughts?  Have you ever done an Ikea hack?

p.s.  I despise the word ‘hack’.  But there really isn’t another good word for this, is there?  Transformation is just too damn long.

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  • Beautiful! You may have said it, but I missed it – will this double as a changing table as well? We have this dresser and while the construction is sturdy enough, it always seems to wobble a bit. I blame it on my 110 year old floors, but never really know when it comes right done to it. Either way – you did a fantastic job!

  • this is too good – i love the way the legs have been given a mid-century look!

  • Can you share the source for your drawer pulls? Love this entire look and want to recreate for my own nursery! Thanks!

  • This turned out great!! I love it!

  • This turned out beautiful! I can’t wait to see it all together!

  • Wow – looks great!!

  • I’ve been looking for something to replace my bedside tables but I need drawers because my husband won’t do without. I am loving the idea of DIYing this dresser, I’ve pinned a million ways and never pulled the trigger but the staining at the bottom is PERFECT! I’d love the whole thing like that!

  • Erin this is beautiful!! You are so creative…I love it, mama!

  • This turned out awesome, Erin! Excited to see the full nursery!

  • So cute! We used the same concept for our son’s changing table. Just went vintage!

    There is a huge recall on IKEA dressers-just FYI. You may want to check in yours because they tend to fall on young children. NOT something you want to have to worry about. 🙁–abc-news-topstories.html

    (I’m never THAT mom who does this, but I saw the article on YouTube & immediately thought of this project. It may not be the same style dresser, but it never hurts to check!)

  • What angle/ how did you do the leg taper on the dresser?