Ikea Hack: Hemnes Dresser

Ikea Hack Dresser2 Ikea Hack: Hemnes Dresser I finally got around to snapping some pictures of the Ikea dresser I hacked a few weeks back. It was a pretty quick project considering how different it looks now and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! The last time I was at Ikea to pick up some decorative things for the house, I spotted the Hemnes Dresser for only $149. The gray wood is just perfect for the nursery but the dresser was a little plain for the look I wanted.  After a little paint and some gold hardware, this baby is much more sophisticated and has a lovely custom feel to it.

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This project was really easy to do since we hadn’t assembled the dresser yet. I started by giving the drawer fronts a very light sanding and then primed them to make sure the paint would adhere correctly. If you do a better job sanding, you don’t have to prime the wood if you don’t want to. After the primer dried, I applied two coats of a white semi-gloss paint. I love how the white gloss contrasts with the matte gray wood of the dresser and provides a crisp clean backdrop for the gold hardware.

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I decided to forgo traditional campaign style pulls for two reasons: one, because finding the perfect ones would require time and most likely ordering online, and two, I thought they would be too masculine for a girl’s nursery. I found these sweet little Allen + Roth brass knot knobs at Lowes for $1.99 each. Plus, if I want to use the dresser in another room later and change out the knobs for campaign style pulls, they will be super easy to switch out.

Ikea Hack Dresser 11 Ikea Hack: Hemnes Dresser I’m so glad my Ikea furniture boycott was just a moment of temporary insanity. I suppose I have been scared by inheriting so many Lack tables and consoles when I married my husband that I was afraid to ever step foot in Ikea again. I just adore this little dresser so much that we are going to use it in our nursery as a changing table as well. At 37″ high, it’s on the verge of being too tall for me but my husband is 6′-3″ so it’s a good compromise.  I guess when Baby C gets too heavy for me to lift from that height, I’ll just have to delegate the diaper changes to Mr. C!


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  1. Oh, I LOVE how this came out! I added braces like that to a little table I made over for my friend’s sons’ bedroom and really like the little nod they give to campaign style pieces. Beautiful end result!
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    • Seriously, talk about bang for your buck! They make such a difference and are SO easy to attach. Thanks for taking a peek!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous. I think the knobs are fantastic and kind of make the dresser so unique…go Lowe’s because they look so expensive, too!

  3. This turned out so well! Adding those corner braces totally changed the look of the piece. I love how you styled it for these photos. So pretty!
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    • Thank you Jane! I like having stuff on the dresser until we get closer to baby time and switch everything out for a changing pad. It’s a little more fun to look at :-)

  4. Very cool! I love the campaign style right now! You did a great job transforming a plain piece of furniture into something special! Well done!

    • Thanks Allison! I love campaign style furniture because it is so versatile and can work with so many different styles. Plus it’s so easy to fake it with some new hardware!

  5. I am in love. Like head over heels. LOVE your style SO much!!!
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  6. Wow! It looks really great! If I didn’t know it was Hemnes dresser I could hardly recognise it! Really good idea and great job done :)
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  7. So wonderful! I love the that you painted some of the dresser and the knobs are just awesome. I can’t believe the price. Pinning for inspiration.

    Have a great weekend!

  8. This turned out great. I’m a big fan of the dresser-as-a-changing-table idea. Makes so much sense. Great knobs too. Lowes, huh? Who would have thought.
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    • I love two-for-one functional pieces of furniture! I couldn’t believe I found those knobs at Lowes!! Although I will say that they were by far the best available so the other options were a little limited for the style I wanted.

  9. PS. Can you tell me what plug-in you use to add the transparent “Pin It” button to your photos? Thanks! :)
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  10. What a fabulous job! I love the corner braces – it makes it look so high end! Thanks so much for sharing at The Creative Spark. I’ll be featuring this on Sunday. Have a wonderful weekend!
    Jenn :)
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  11. Featuring you today! :) Thanks so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday! :)

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  12. This dresser is so beautiful! I came over from 6th street because I had to see more pictures. I just love this and may have to copy/create my own version for our bedroom. So glad to have found you. :-)

    • Hi Abby! You should totally do it. There couldn’t be an easer way to make a piece of old furniture instantly chic. Thanks for popping by to say hello!



  14. Hi Sarah

    This looks great! I think I am going to try it. Quick question: what size flat corner braces did you use? and wher did you get them from? Did you use a drill to make the holes for them? My only fear is that every time I use a drill on the Ikea particle board it falls apart on me. Any advice is appreciated!


  15. Francesca Cookney says:

    Hi there,

    I’m putting together an article for the homes section of the Sunday Mirror newspaper (UK) about Ikea Hackers and I am looking for great projects to feature.

    I spotted this project and I’d love to include you. Do you have the original high resolution images?

    I will of course credit you and include a link to your blog.

    My deadline is Tuesday 04/06/13 at 5pm GMT so do let me know if you can help.



  16. LOVE this! I have been wanting to use flat corner braces on a furniture project and your dresser caught my eye. It’s beautiful! So happy I came across your blog because I am loving all of your projects!
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    • It’s amazing how much a few little braces change a piece of furniture! Thanks so much for coming by Katie!! :-)

  17. I love what you did with your dresser! What you did was so simple but yet it totally transformed the whole piece. Definitely will be pinning and referencing it for a future dresser of mine!
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  18. Hey! I love this hack! I was wondering where those gold pointy star things on the dresser are from? I’ve seen them a lot lately on blogs but never with a source!

  19. I’m due in May, 2014, and we have decided to use the Hemnes as a changing table too! I’m 5’7 and he is also 6’3″, like your husband. I’m really inspired by your hack, so thank you! How did it work out as a changing table/baby dresser? Did you have to reinforce the structure or drawers? Did you screw in a changing pad strap to the top? Hope you and your little girl are enjoying the nursery!

  20. LOVE this hack! also wondering where the mirror and gold bowl are from?

  21. hi, i’ve been looking for those knobs at lowe’s and it looks like they don’t carry them anymore…do you happen to know the diameter of the knobs?


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