Best Ikea hack: Transforming an Ikea Dresser to a Kiddy Delight. It went from a piece of furniture you wouldn't look twice at to something special.
Ah, isn’t that cute? That’s Nadia’s new dresser/bedside table.
This thing has been around the block a few times, and suffered many an indignity, starting with the bland piece of cheap Scandinavian furniture it started life as. Transforming and Ikea Dresser to Kiddy Delight: It went from a piece of furniture you wouldn’t look twice at to something special that made my daughter squeal with delight.
This is the Rast dresser from Ikea which I had sanded, stained and waxed. I changed the knobs too. I bought four of these on eBay last year (right before we moved), two that I stained a dark color live in my office/sewing room/guest bedroom, the one further above was Nadia’s bedside table, and another, which was marred in a cruel experiment lived in my closet.
This is the one that lived in my closet.
You know, they call it “Do It Yourself” for a reason. I paid somebody who was working in our building to refinish it and it came out like that. But it looked much worse in real life. It was full of bumps, scratches and it made me furious every time I saw it. If we had had a fireplace that thing would have been ashes by now.
So like the crazy uncle of old days, I kept it hidden, a shameful secret.
I spent quite more time than I expected sanding down that monstrous shellacked finish, I used increasingly-smaller grit sandpaper until the wood was soft as baby tuchus. Then I filled in the cracks with paintable putty and back to sanding again.
I then spray-painted it 2 coats of primer, 4 coats of white and one clear lacquer. I sanded with 380 sandpaper in between coats, only so slightly so the next coat had something to grab on to.
I also sanded and painted one of the drawers and the drawer pulls.
After giving them a light sanding, enough to take the shine off, I gave the other two drawers two coats of primer so the red wouldn’t show through the fabric. Using Mod Podge Hard Coat, I covered two of the drawers with one of my favorite prints ever. I also covered the top of the knobs with similarly-colored fabrics.
I didn’t cover all three of the drawers because it would have been just too much. I like the separation between the blue drawers.
And you will notice from the photo above that Miss Camila also got a new look (Camila was second-place contender when we were choosing names for our then-unborn baby). She’s one of Nadia’s first toys. The new dress and bows make her look a lot happier, don’t you think.
The rooster was a gift to Nadia from the owner of our local Portuguese restaurant. Nice lady, good food too.
Note: The first photo was taken a few weeks after the original post when I finished Nadia’s revamped bedroom.
So what’s your verdict? Worth the trouble?