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.
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.
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.
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!