With the new baby coming, I wanted to move Kinley Rae’s dresser with changing table into his nursery, so we had to find a new dresser for her big girl room. Being the obsessive researcher that I am, I started looking online and in catalogs for a new dresser. I found some gorgeous ones at Pottery Barn kids and Land of Nod, but they were all SO expensive. I really didn’t want to pay $800-$1500 for a new dresser, so I even went to Value City Furniture, thinking I could at least get a cheap one there and maybe paint it. But their dressers were almost just as expensive!
Feeling torn between paying a lot, but still wanting a really pretty piece for her room, I finally found the perfect solution. One where I could get a dresser for cheap and not only make it look like an expensive piece, but make it a custom piece… exactly how I want it.
The answer was at Ikea! They sell this unfinished Tarva dresser, and it’s even real wood.
- Ikea Tarva dresser (on sale now for $84.99!)
- Annie Sloan Bright White Chalk Paint
- Olympic Premium Interior Latex Satin Paint in Creamy Cucumber
- O’verlays (made for Ikea furniture)
- Gorilla wood glue
- Purdy XL Cub paint brush
- Small Paint roller (look for cabinet finish)
- Minwax Polycrylic
- Drawer Pulls, I used these for the silver rings and these for the crystal knobs
What I found through my obsessive research that really customized the piece were these O’verlays… they are amazing! O’verlays are little frames that are MADE to go with Ikea furniture, that instantly customize your Ikea furniture into something that looks designer!
We (Joe) cut the legs off the bottom of the dresser when we got it home because we (I) didn’t really like how high it was sitting. Then Joe painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint in bright white. I LOVE this paint because it’s so easy to use, and you don’t even have to sand the piece before painting!
Next, Joe traced the inner edge of the O’verlays onto the center of each drawer. Then he painted inside the traced lines with Olympic Creamy Cucumber interior paint. I wanted the dresser to match the rest of Kinley Rae’s “Tiffany blue” room, so we just used the leftover wall paint we still had for the accent color.
He painted the O’verlays with the Bright White Annie Sloan chalk paint, and then attached them to each drawer using Gorilla wood glue.
I’m actually happier with it than the expensive Pottery Barn inspiration dresser, and we saved a ton of money too!