Since the nursery doesn’t have a closet, we really needed a dresser–which is actually completely fine because I, personally, prefer itty bitty clothes in drawers anyway. Our friends bought the 6-drawer Tarva dresser from Ikea and it didn’t fit in their space so we offered to buy it from them after our local Craigslist was turning up dry in the dresser department for months. We absolutely loved this dresser, that we included in our mood board for the nursery:
Executing this little makeover was pretty easy and the whole thing (including the dresser!) cost us just over $200–or, what 95% less than the inspiration dresser? Okay!
We picked up a 1×6 (for the bottom) and a 1×4 (for the top)–both poplar boards from Home Depot. I broke out a ruler, looked at the inspiration dresser and drew the design on each board and then Chris cut them out with a jig saw and sanded them smooth.
When it came time to attach the trim to the dresser, we were able to screw in the bottom piece from the back by first pre-drilling holes (making our wood less likely to split):
And then laying the dresser on its front and driving screws through the back, making the screws invisible.
For the top piece, we pre-drilled holes as well and drove the screws in from underneath:
From this point, I gave the dresser and drawer fronts a coat of Zinsser’s Bull’s Eye Zero Primer and two coats of Benjamin Moore’s (Aura line in satin) Sage Tint–the prettiest neutral mint. I lightly sanded, using a 200 grit sanding block between the first and second coat of paint and it left the dresser with such a smooth finish. Don’t skip that step.
While we were picking up boards at Home Depot, I also spotted these antique brass knobs that I thought would look good with some of the plans we have for the rest of the room.
So there you have it, a couple small details that really amped up the typical Tarva dresser. We’re so pleased with the way it turned out and can’t wait to pack it full of little tiny clothes.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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