October 21, 2013

our rainy weekend project - the ikea malm dresser hack.

hi! hope you had a good weekend! we finally got to go on that apple picking trip that eluded us for a couple of weeks and picked out pumpkins which we plan to carve some time this week. i already picked out my template and can't wait to give it a good ole carve.

today i thought i'd share a thing we did a couple of weekends ago -- an ikea hacking project. unfortunately i didn't take a proper before shot of the dresser and so i had to scour iphone photos i took within the last year to find some what of a decent one. {see above left} {it'll just have to do!}

the weekend when it rained nonstop i had mentioned that we went a little overboard with painting. the garden pitcher was one victim project, and this was the other. 

a couple of months ago i came across this pretty diy on hej juni in which i was subsequently led to a link that featured her project as well other "ikea hacks." i have never heard of this term before and was intrigued. this thought sort of sat in my head for a while and during that dreadful weekend downpour i remembered. and so i gots the husband on board to work to transform our malm dresser
this dresser does come in white, but we bought it in birch. i had contemplated on whether to paint it the sunburst yellow coat we gave our dining chairs, but decided to go with the "you're the boss" white {both are from clark+kensington}.

we probably broke every rule there is to painting and hacking ikea furniture. 

there was no sanding. no protective coating. we ran out of paint to do the legs and the inner and bottom and sides. and the holes didn't drill perfectly in the back. eecks. i know. sounds a little sloppy. but so far the dresser is doing {and looking} just fine. we're still new to painting and furniture diy and as we do more we'll get the process down pat. it's sort of like a big ole learning process for us and i guess we need to screw up first to learn {is that an odd concept? i hope not..}
we painted the outer shell first and left the drawers for later. yangkyu needed to make holes for the knobs, which he did the following day after we headed over to anthropologie to rummage through their sale section. we got knobs at $2.95 a piece but were bummed to find so many of them broken and cracked. we got some duplicates but we hope to go back in a couple of months to pick up a few new ones to switch the them out. i'm also thinking that if the all white look gets tiring, i may just re-paint the drawers in the sunburst yellow color. what do you think?
^^ that's piri overseeing the whole process. he likes to make sure we're on top of it like this time here.^^
so there it is. our newly transformed dresser. we gave it two coats of paint. we hope to pick up some more to finish the legs and also the bottom and side inner sections we didn't account for soon.  i'm still gushing over this shade of white and the mismatched knobs. just really satisfied with the look. yay to another finished project {well almost}. 

would love to know if you did any furniture re-dos and your lessons learned! please share and have a good week ahead! 

26 comments

  1. I love mismatched things, such a lovely choice to mismatch the nobs.

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  2. Love what you guys did to the dresser, the knobs are so fun!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  3. Omg, good job Jane! Love the colorful knobs!
    You guys are super creative really! Xx

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  4. How fun!! I love how you put in fun knobs! Makes all the difference :)
    xo TJ

    http://www.hislittlelady.com

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  5. looks great. I love how you used a variety of knobs.

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  6. Cute! I just went to Anthropolgie for the first time...I was in search of some new knobs :D

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  7. looks great! the mismatched knobs add a dash of whimsy and cuteness :)

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  8. Awesome dresser makeover! It looks so fun and cheery now!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  9. Ooh you made it look so awesome!! Love the character, simply stunning!

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  10. White is always a great choice in my eyes! This is such a great DIY project. I wish I wasn't so scared to do more DIY's around my house...ahh, maybe one day! - Court | lovecourtxoxo.com

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  11. I love the way you transformed this dresser. I'm always walking by those pretty drawer pulls in Anthropologie but I never buy them because I don't have a project in mind. The ones you chose for your dresser are so fun!

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  12. What a striking after :) I absolutely love what u did to the birch colored dresser esp the details with the random but chic knobs. And if u do get sick of "you're the boss" white (which I like the name for it haha), yellow sounds sweet!
    www.speakstyleandrock.com

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  13. It looks sooo much better! Love it!! And love those beautiful handles you got from Anthro :)

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  14. This looks beautiful! I recently came across the ikea hacks as well and was amazed! If only I had been so inspired a few months ago when I bought a ton of furniture!

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  15. oh i love this! the knobs are so pretty. x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

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  16. it turned out great! love the knobs..too cute

    nice blog ;) thanks for your comment the other day

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  17. Jane, this turned out really nice! You're brave for painting it without sanding first...heehee...

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  18. this is so genius jane!! I was just an anthro over the weekend oohing and aahing over the dresser knobs there.

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  19. i love the updated look! the knobs from anthropologie give it such a unique statement. we have these ikea bookcases that could really use a hack. something to meditate over for me! great job jane!!

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  20. i love all the mismatched knobs...so quirky! Great hack.

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  21. this looks amazing! i can't believe how much can change from a little touch up :)
    http://saltskinned.blogspot.com.au

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  22. Not a bad transformation at all!

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  23. You guys did such a great job - love!! Now I want to paint our Malm dresser :-)

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  24. Wow that's a great rainy day project - I love the knobs and the fresh paint looks great! p.s My blog ran into some problems with one of the widgets I had (probably why you were having trouble visiting).. gah.. it's all fixed now though :) xx Kat


    Love and Ace

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  25. I love great Ikea hacks, and yours is awesome! I've been on the hunt for a nice cupboard, but never been a friend of Malm..maybe I should reconsider and just try your project as well!

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  26. This looks GREAT!! That is what is so nice about so much of the Ikea stuff...it is perfect to DIY projects.

    Ali of Dressing Ken

    PS: I totally tried the CD mascara and put it in my must have list. It is expensive but worth it.

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