Saturday, June 28, 2014

DIY: Ikea Tarva Dresser

 What to do when you need a beautiful unique dresser but don't want to shell out lots of $$$$ for it? DIY of course!! After months of trying to find the perfect dresser to refinish off Craiglist and realizing.. how the heck am I going to haul a dresser home? I decided for an Ikea piece!  Ikea's furniture comes in boxes! Now that I can do! Plus... a stop by their yummy cafeteria... Mmmm!!!

So I decided on the unfinished Ikea Tarva 6 drawer dresser.  At $149 why not?

To Stain the furniture I used a combination of Minwax PolyShades in Antique Walnut and Espresso.

I also painted all the drawers black at first.. I went for a ultra light coat, barely using any paint. The paint used was Gloss Black by Valspar. My Inspiration was this Berkeley Dresser by Bungalow 5.
(pictured below)

Of course during the time it took me to finish this dresser..*ahem* over a month.. blame having a toddler, being pregnant and having a workaholic husband..  Anyway... THE CAT THREW THE DRAWER ON THE GROUND AND BROKE IT!!! GRRR!!!!!!! Luckily Liquid Nails came to the rescue! Yay!


   Can you see that? ITS RED!! Not exactly what I was going for. I blame myself for picking up a random stain from our garage. In my defense.. the Antique Walnut Stain by Minwax looks very different in the picture! So I made my way to Home Depot and picked up Minwax Polyshades in Espresso to further darken and reduce the red.

Goodbye RED!!

I then painted the drawers with a ultra light coat of Benjamin Moore  - New York State of Mind.
(BM New York State of Mind pictured above)

I let the black show through to give it a nice transition from the stained wood to the bright color.

I really think finding the right drawer knobs took the longest. I didn't want to spend too much but also didn't want some cheap looking ones either. And then I found them! I got them off the Home Depot website and had them shipped to the store. They are called Amerock 1-1-/2 in. Antique Brass Cabinet Knobs. Best part? .80 cents each!!!! They are absolutely amazing!! 

To seal the stain I used Deft Clear Wood Finish.
As for the drawers I wanted them shiny, so I opted for Rust-oleum Triple Thick Glaze.

There you have it folks!

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