I searched far and wide for the perfect dresser for our bedroom. I looked and looked, but I kept coming back to a classic white design with gold campaign hardware. The only problem was, those are ‘spensive! I’m talking $1,000+. But my heart said yes, so I started looking at DIY options.
You guys know we do things in a pretty big range of budgets around here, and I love the occasional splurge. However, I FIRMLY believe that you can create the styles you love on any budget. And today’s post really speaks to that!
Around the time I figured out what I wanted to do, IKEA approached us about doing some DIY projects. And since I was already planning to use their dresser, this was a perfect fit. So today we’re working with IKEA to show how to spruce up the IKEA Dresser in just two steps. And after that I’ll share a few quick organizational tips for your drawers as well!
First things first, you need to source and buy your hardware. Here’s what I used – 15 inch Lewis Dolin Bar Pulls (you’ll need six). These are gorgeous, but not cheap. They actually cost more than the dresser, but the overall savings is still super legit! I also used 2 inch corner braces (you’ll need 24). Since the braces were shiny brass and the rods were matte, I spray painted the braces so that they would match the finish of the rods. Now, we don’t recommend spray painting hardware that will be touched (like a bar pull), but since the braces were decorative, that worked out. If it’s something like a bar pull you need to recolor, you should have it metal plated by a professional.
These simple additions make a HUGE difference! Here’s the before….
And here’s the after….
If you wanted to customize it further, you could always paint it a fun color or wallpaper the outside of the drawers before you install the hardware.
First up, line the inside of your drawers. You can use contact paper or wallpaper. I had this single roll of wallpaper leftover from a project at my last house that never happened, so I finally got to use it!!! You don’t need to permanently adhere it, just use some double-sided tape.
Next, the fun part!!
Fill the containers with all your favorite things. Things you reach for often. A curated accessories drawer. And be sure to add scissors because I am forever needing to cut off a tag or a loose string.
I hope you guys enjoyed this! I am really REALLY happy with our new dresser and so amazed by how easy it was to put together. It was a one day project for sure. SO satisfying!!!! xx- Elsie
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Credits: Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Project Assistant: Laura Gummerman.