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 expensive! 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!
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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!
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.
Next, just measure and install the hardware. You’ll need to drill pilot holes for each screw. Safety Tip: Make sure the dresser is anchored to the wall to prevent tip-over hazard.
These simple additions make a HUGE difference! Here’s the before….
And here’s the after….
It’s the perfect addition to our bedroom! Light and airy with gold details. LOVE IT.
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.
You didn’t think I’d forget to show you the organization ideas, did you???
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, fill the inside of the drawer with containers. You might want to do this with the top one or two drawers and leave some of the bottom ones open for stacks of clothing.
I used two of these large acrylic GODMORGON containers, some of these FRYKEN baskets (with the lids removed), and a couple of wicker pieces I had laying around the house.
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 like the mix of baskets and acrylic.
Doesn’t this make you want to organize something? :))
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Love this! where did you get the brackets from and what spray paint did you paint them?
What spray paint do you recommend for the hinges?
OMG this is amazing! Love the pulls and the brackets instead of using recessed pulls which require cutting a hole in the dresser. This is beautiful and so creative!
This DIY is fabulous! I am hoarding ideas for when I separate my boy/girl twins, and this would be ADORABLE in her room. You are a wealth of information, thanks for sharing your fabulous ideas. ?
Also, is that mirror above the dresser Target’s new(er) Threshold one? Have you had trouble with the reflection being warped? I purchased one and LOVE the style (exactly what I was looking for at 1/5 of the price of most others) but I feel like I’m staring into a fun house mirror. ??
Wow.. Superb creative idea. I really love to see it.
This is really neat. My wife would love to have something like this in our entry in our home. I guess it’s time to start hitting the garage sales in our area in the next few weeks. Nice work!
I love this!!! I’ve been on the hunt too for a smaller chest/dresser for our bedroom and they are so expensive. I love what you did to this Ikea piece!
Wow, the little details really makes a huge difference! Love the idea. Thanks for the awesome organization tips too! Love the bright wallpaper on the inside of the drawers. It does have me in the mood to organize!
We are home buying and I have been on every site to find a white dresser with gold hardware!!! Wayward has some options but super high!!! THIS IS A GOD SEND!!! I am totally commissioning my hubs to drill some holes for me (I am not that crafty just yet) and I love love love the wallpaper in the drawers idea.
What a great way to jazz up a piece of furniture. It has a real vibe to Gatsby to it.
That’s a great makeover and looks way better than than the original! Even adding details like that can make a big difference, who would have thought that 🙂
I’d love to know what type of plants you have in your room, too. The tall and the small both caught my eye!
Oh I just LOVE this – so stylish and very on trend. It looks so expensive now too! Great job and I might even try it!! 🙂 Jess xx
Thank you so much Janna!
This mirror is from Target.
Great organization tips! The dresser looks so polished. Is the mirror from Ikea as well?
I love this! It looks like something out of The Great Gatsby. I have this exact dresser already so it would be so easy to dress it up a bit with the gold accents. Thank you for sharing!
Love it! Can you tell me where the gold mirror is from?
So happy you enjoyed it!
Sending hugs to France! xx- Elsie