Posts Tagged 'dresser'

Ikea Hacking Gone Glamourous. And Gorgeous.

I found this dressed up dresser on Houzz when looking for storage solutions for a clients nursery (paired here with the Crate and Barrel Colette upholstered bed). What looks a lot like other manufacturers fine goods, the solid wood $30 IKEA Rast dresser is reinvented  into a high contrast two-tone jewel using just primer, a couple top coats of white paint, walnut stain finish, and new hardware. All very easy on the purse strings or wallet. Here’s how you can save a couple bucks and spend just a a little sweat creating this DIY dresser.

An Ikea dresser all grown up. Perfect here as a bedside table with the Crate and Barrel upholstered bed.

Start with the simple solid wood IKEA Rast dresser:

Ikea Rast Dresser

Gather the following items:

  • Kilz all-purpose white primer for the drawer fronts
  • Minwax Poly Shade in Royal Walnut (Stain and Polyuerathane in one can!)
  • Benjamin Moore OC-17 White Dove in Semi gloss for the drawer fronts.
  • A foam roller for the paint, and two brushes for the priming and staining.
  • 6 ring drawer pulls (see my selection below)

Start by painting the face of your drawers with a nice, even coat of primer. While the drawers are drying, move over to the frame of the dresser and start staining with the Miniwax. Use long even strokes and thin coats. Wait a few hours, then add a second coat of stain. Once that’s done, add the second coat of primer to the drawers. The drying time is fast for primer, so you should be able to apply the semi-gloss paint to the face of the drawers. Wait an hour or so, then apply a second coat on the drawer fronts. I’d leave everything to really dry overnight. Once the sun rises the next day, slide the drawers into the frame, and add your new shiny drawer pulls.

To match the picture above, these six shiney brass ring pulls should do the trick for the drawer fronts. This old polished brass drawer pull can be found at Hardware Hut and cost $7 each:

Add six brass ring pulls to accessorize the drawer fronts. These are from Hardware Hut and cost $7 each.

If gold tone is not your game, this modern brushed nickel drawer pull would suit the lines of this dresser beautifully for only $3.99 each:

Belwith Camarilla Drawer Cabinet Ring Pull (Satin Nickel)


And as with any weekend project, make sure you’ve got a full tummy, plenty of space to work, good ventilation, and a drop cloth to lay down because you’re about to get a little messy. It’s all worth it in the end.

To Me: Less Shabby. More Chic.

Most of us are aware that one of the  biggest trends in home decor is the Hollywood Regency style. Looks made famous by iconic design stars such as Dorothy Draper, Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler among many others encompass this popular style associated with glitz, glamour and celebrity of the mid-century era. The more fashionable bamboo furniture pieces by classic Thomasville, Henry Link, Dixie and even newer top shelf WS Home have made their way into eclectic homes across the world. I’ve been looking for a new dresser and just this afternoon scored a painted white Henry Link one off of Craigslist. I hope we make great partners as I stuff it full of a soon-to-be-pared down collection of tees, shorts, and LuLuLemon. =) When it’s time to make friends with another color, size, or style, I’m sure there will be plenty of new homeowners ready to recycle this simple and pretty piece.



Young at Heart.

I adore Cliff Young’s fantastic design style. His award-winning New York based firm creates modern day furniture pieces that are a blended and balanced mix of exoticism, beauty, and old world craftsmanship. Materials such as zebrano wood, teak, eucalyptus, limed oak, and laquered surfaces make up a perfect suite of stylish keepers.

The Angelica Nightstand and Dresser has four bowed legs that carry lacquered two- and four- drawer tops that have integrated finger pulls and a whole lot of class.

Angelina Nightstand | Retails for $5,920

Angelina Nightstand | Retails for $5,920

Angelina Dresser | Retails for 13,150

Angelina Dresser | Retails for $13,150

Looking for as square cocktail table can lead you to a sea of square fish. Not with these babies. The Two-Toned Cocktail Table consists of louro preto wood and a quartered natural zebrawood base in a satin finish. And if you like sleek, contemporary and airy space, delight in the Basque Cocktail Table. Its square table surface is constructed of eucalyptus (who would guess that?) and shows a lay-up grain pattern with brushed stainless steel legs. Gather round… Cliff-side.

Two-Toned Cocktail Table | Retails for $8,740

Two-Toned Cocktail Table | Retails for $8,740

Basque Cocktail Table | Retails for $10,140

Basque Cocktail Table | Retails for $10,140

Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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