We are resurfacing from a big move across the country and getting lots of house projects accomplished each week! One of my favorite projects is this #ikeahack dresser. I was needing extra storage space in my new office and wanted something that would hide my paints, pens, papers, and packing inserts while still looking lovely. We have had the Hemnes dresser in our boys’ room for years and love how well it’s made and how sturdy the dresser feels for an IKEA piece. After seeing a similar Ikea Hack project here, I thought it’d look great in my office. We purchased a new Hemnes dresser in the white stain finish. If you want to recreate this, be sure to buy the White STAIN finish instead of plain white. The plain white dresser has a veneer over the wood so it cannot be painted!
The paint color we used for this was Valspar Treeline – we have used so many different paints now for various projects in our home, some from Benjamin Moore, some from Sherwin Williams, some from Home Depot, and some (like this) from Lowes. It’s been based on the colors we find and like, along with the right type of paint! We used a semi-gloss finish and a 6″ mohair roller to roll it on with a really smooth finish. We researched foam rollers but found the mohair to be best for the dresser. When painting furniture you can’t just use any old roller – you need something with an ultra-smooth finish.
Before painting, my husband filled the holes in the dresser drawer with this wood filler and let it dry. He likes this wood filler because 1) it goes on pink and dries brown, so you know when it’s dry ; 2) other wood fillers are hard to use because they are hard to spread, but this spreads easily like a spackle; and 3) it doesn’t have the harsh chemical smells that other fillers do but it is still drill-able.
After it dried, he then sanded it flat. Then we began the painting. He used 3 coats with a day’s drying time between each coat. After painting 3 coats and letting them dry, he installed these brass pulls for me. I looked around and found several similar brass pulls for almost $70 a pull. No way I wanted to spend over $200 just for pulls on a $160 dresser! After some searching I found these gorgeous ones on Amazon! Should have looked there first. Amazon always has what I need 😉
After installing the hardware, we let it dry for another day to keep the paint from getting nicked. Then we moved this beauty into my office. Who knew you could have such a lovely piece of storage furniture for only around $200?
Hope you get to try it at home too! This would be perfect in a bedroom too. And here are all the sources linked again for you:
- Dresser: IKEA Hemnes Dresser, White STAIN
- Wood Filler: DAP Natural Plastic Wood
- Paint Color: Valspar Treeline
- Paint Rollers: 6″ mohair roller
- Brass Pulls: Amerock Golden Brass Cabinet Pull
Comment or tag me if you decide to recreate! I’d love to see your projects.
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