Ikea Tarva Dresser Hack

Master Reno 7
When we started our master bedroom renovation I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted our nightstands to look like. We were down one dresser after selling our old set so I needed our nightstands to function as dressers as well. I had a hard time finding any vintage dressers i liked that were within my budget so I took to searching pinterest. Then I found THESE from Dear Lillie. So I decided to go ahead and try to hack the Ikea Tarva dresser. Here she is in all her glory.

TARVA 3-drawer chest IKEA Made of solid wood, which is a durable and warm natural material.

So it’s nothing special but I liked the idea of having a blank canvas to work with.

Supplies: Ikea Tarva Dresser- Found HERE

White pine trim- This is the slimmest trim available at lowe’s or home depot. Usually comes in about 10ft lenghts

Paint- Benjamin Moore Hale Navy

New hardware- I bought mine at Lowes and Hobby Lobby

Furniture feet and plates- I used THESE plates and THESE feet

Waddell 2.43-in Table Leg Straight Top Plate 4-in Mixed Maple Classic Bun Feet Wood Table Leg

Okay, now to get started…

  1. Follow those awesome Ikea instructions and start building your dresser! By the second dresser I was a pro. The first was not so fun and may have the top on backwards. Oh well….
  2. Do not build it all the way yet. You’ll want to leave off the feet and those little trim pieces on the bottom. (you’ll actually never put these on if you choose to use new feet)
  3. Next trim the drawers. Cut the pine trim to the length of the drawer and then the remaining width. Once all the trim pieces are cut you can nail or glue and clamp the pieces in place. I nailed mine because I am not patient enough for glue. Make sure to fill the holes if you nail them.IMG_8395
  4. Now paint the dresser and legs! I used Benjamin Moore Hale navy. It is quite literally the BEST navy ever. Looks great in every light and doesn’t cast any purple or greys. Come to find out later, it is the same navy Jenna painted her master bedroom!
  5. Turn your dresser upside down and attach the plates.  The base of the dresser isn’t super wide so I was only able to get three screws in each plate but it seems to be plenty sturdy.IMG_9298
  6. Screw the legs in. I painted one set of legs to match the navy dresser. The other set my husband kind of liked the raw wood, so I left it for now. We will see if they stay. What do you think?
  7. I distressed my dressers a little bit.
  8. Now you get to add your hardware!! I wanted kind of a his and hers feel so I went with a little girlier hardware on my dresser.Master Reno 2Master Reno 6Master Reno 4Master Reno 3DSC_0749

When I first started on this project I went into it thinking it was going to be an inexpensive project. Not true. Okay it is probably a little cheaper than a dresser you would buy brand new. It did end up costing me more than I expected though, which is part of why they took me so long to finish. I sort of had a hard time putting so much money into an ikea product. I do really love how they look in the room though.  So my final thought would be this: the quality of the dresser is so-so, you really are paying to have a dresser you can completely customize to your space. For me in this particular space and as a nightstand it works 🙂

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