The biggest downside of IKEA furniture is that everyone seems to have it, and you can recognize some of their staple pieces immediately.
One of their staple items that has found its way into our home is the Malm series of dressers.
It's easy to find old dressers for sale at flea markets, yards sales, thrift stores, and consignment shops.
Knobs and drawer pulls range dramatically in price, you can find them from as little as .99 each, up to hundreds of dollars for one-of-a-kind handmade works.
When I was in college, my friend mentioned that he was looking forward to the day that he could replace all his IKEA furniture. Even as an adult, I love scouring IKEA for furniture finds.
The Swedish design aesthetic is minimal, and some of IKEA’s pieces offer a classic look for not a lot of money.
Follow along with Danetha as she shows how she used moulding strips and an paint to transform the look of her unfinished dresser. If needed, apply wood filler to any gaps, allow it to dry, and sand it smooth. You can use a roller and brush, but sine this piece has many crevices from the applied intricate wood trim I used a paint sprayer.
Prepare your unfinished dresser by sanding it smooth and cleaning away any dust and debris. Now that you have your guide, cut the moulding trim so that each cut piece fits inside the drawn perimeter. In a well ventilated area, preferably outdoors, spray one coat of primer and two thin coats of paint, allowing appropriate dry times between coats. I called Behr to see what their dilution rate is for the paint base 3050.