Thursday, June 27, 2013

Painted Dresser DIY Adventure {IKEA dresser turns custom night stand}

Jarrod has bugged me about not having a dresser since we got married. I had a drawer (and then two) in his dresser and hung most of my clothes. It wasn't convenient, but the first few apartments we lived in didn't have space for another piece of furniture. We moved and had more space, but I still couldn't decide on what I wanted. All of our furniture is black and from IKEA. I wasn't keen on adding one more piece in the matchy-matchy set. Pair that with our boring matching night stands, and we had a furniture problem in our bedroom. Eventually I decided I wanted a dresser as a nightstand. I loved what John and Sherry did in their bedroom so much that I started to look for something.

I started by checking out craigslist for a dresser I could refinish. I liked the idea of doing something in a bright color. But I needed something small and low enough that it could function as a night stand. I couldn't find anything that I liked for under $200. I wasn't willing to pay more than $200 for something that I was going to essentially redo anyway. In fact, in the back of my mind, I really wanted something for under $100.

Spoiler alert...

I found something perfect for less than $60 and I couldn't be more thrilled! If you follow me on instagram, perhaps you saw this beautiful photo a few weeks ago.

A month or so ago on a trip to IKEA I found this unfinished dresser for $35. It had everything I was looking for:
  • Drawers
  • Easy to repaint
  • Inexpensive
  • Not too tall or wide

We brought it home and it sat in the closet for another week or two while I finished some traveling. During that time I also decided on a color. I was debating between blue, green, and yellow, but I opted for blue. I matched this blue to a picture frame that we have. You can see it below in our picture collage! It is a perfect color.

Once I was done traveling, I took all the pieces out of the box and decided what needed to be painted and what didn't. I didn't want to waste my time painting the inside of the dresser. I primed the pieces that needed paint and left it to dry for 24 hours. Then it was time for the paint. I chose a high gloss paint and bought a quart. This was more than plenty. I think I used about a quarter of the can. Which makes I have plenty of paint left for other projects!

It took about 4 coats of paint before the coverage was perfect. I allowed it to dry for at least 12 hours between each coat. I did very light coats with a foam roller and an angled brush. In the midst of painting, I took the paint swatch to Hobby Lobby to see if I could find knobs to match. I wanted something that looked custom, was girly but not too frilly, and inexpensive.
I saw these and fell in love. They are beautiful. The screws were a little long on the inside so once we got the dresser put together, Jarrod used his hack saw to shorten them.

Cost break-down:
$35 - Dresser from IKEA
$12 - knobs at Hobby Lobby ($3.99/knob and 50% off)
$11 - Quart of high gloss paint in Brilliant Blue
Free - Brushes and primer
$58 total

You can see in the photo above that there are some changes in our pillow cases as well! I was looking for fun, colored sheets to bring some color to the room. It's a challenge to find high tread count sheets in fun colors that aren't too girly. We have high standards! Then it occurred to me that I didn't need sheets, I just needed pillow cases!
I found some pretty grey, white, black, and yellow fabric at Hobby Lobby and sewed a couple of pillow cases. I followed the Amy Butler Just in Case Pillow Case pattern. It was incredibly easy to follow and they turned out perfectly. It's a subtle change, but it makes a huge impact in the room.

I can't say that the room is done yet, but it's definitely coming together!
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1 comment:

  1. I purchased the tarva
    with the intent to stain the sides and top ombre the drawers good to know that it may take four coats to covers the drawers. Your little dresser is beautiful and the knobs set it all off!



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