This IKEA dresser hack is so easy and perfect for anyone to try! I was looking for a specific type of dresser, but I couldn’t find one within budget. That’s when I decided I would hack an IKEA dresser. It’s amazing how a little decorative moulding, paint and new hardware completely transformed this piece!
Here are the easy steps I took to give this dresser a makeover (scroll to the bottom for a list of materials):
I’ve found that when painting laminate furniture, like IKEA pieces, you don’t need to completely sand it down. What’s worked best for me is to sand just enough to roughen it up so the primer & paint will stick!
I used unfinished chair rail to trim out the drawer fronts. I purchased 8’ sticks from Lowe’s, which were relatively inexpensive. I measured 3/4” in from all sides of the drawer and used a speed square to draw straight lines to use as a guide when attaching the trim. For reference, I used this chair rail trim from Lowe’s. It’s 13/32” x 8’.
I used a hot glue gun and Gorilla hot glue sticks to attach the trim. I followed the lines I drew, which made this part simple! I’ve used Gorilla hot glue in the past and it holds up well.
I almost skipped this step, but I’m so glad I didn’t! Caulking around the trim helps fill in any gaps, which will make a huge difference when painting. This also helps the trim look like it’s always been part of the dresser.
When it comes to painting laminate furniture, it can take some trial and error to figure out what works best. I’ve had some practice with other IKEA pieces and I’ve found this primer to be the best. You can purchase it from Amazon if you can’t find it at your local hardware store. What you apply it with is equally as important, so I used paint rollers that are smooth and meant for painting cabinets. I used these exact ones.
My goal for this dresser was to create a timeless look, so of course I had to go with black paint. I used Black Magic by Sherwin Williams in an eggshell finish. I was trying to achieve a matte look while making sure the dresser is easy to clean. I decided against a flat finish because over time, the paint would scuff easily. I applied the paint using the same paint rollers I did for the primer.
I chose gold hardware for this piece to give it that timeless feel. Have fun with this part! There are so many options for hardware. I kept it simple with these knobs from Lowe’s.
Let me know if you try this DIY. I’d love to see photos of your project! You can also read more about this project over on Apartment Therapy!
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