Are you ready for some fun and whimsy! Presenting the colorful Ikea Tarva dresser makeover I did for Pastels and Macarons.
My kids share a room and we are always looking for gender neutral decor. But gender neutral sometimes becomes too bland and boring. It is for the kids after all and I love to have a lot of fun and whimsy in there. Nothing is better than lots of fun colors! I built them a bedside table with book storage a little while ago which has been such a life saver to keep all the bedtime books organized. Next, we needed a dresser. I wanted clean simple lines and a little splash of color. I have built my fair share of furniture like this X-base nightstand but I opted for an Ikea Tarva dresser because, lets face it – why build a whole dresser when you can buy this simple dresser from Ikea for a reasonable price. To go with the fun, whimsical and colorful theme we wanted for the room, I came up with this simple design that adds a ton of fun to the room!
Just a little bit of paint turned it into a fun and whimsical dresser perfect for the kids room.
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Materials needed for the Colorful Ikea Tarva Dresser makeover-
- Fine grit Sanding block
- Shellac based primer
- White oil based primer
- Painter’s tape
- Various colors of latex paints. Mine is a collection of oops paints I have gathered over the years.
- Disposable brushes and roller for the shellac and oil based primers
- Good quality bristle brush for the paints.
- Paint sprayer for the white paint – optional but totally recommended!
- Yard stick and pencil
How to create your own Colorful Ikea Tarva dresser makeover –
Step 1- Unfinished wood from Ikea is not perfectly smooth. A quick sand with the 180 grit sandpaper was all that was needed to get a smooth finish.
Step 2 – In order to seal all the knots and keep them from bleeding through the paint, I gave applied a shellac based primer locally to the knots. Step 3 – Next I added 2 coats of an oil based primer followed by 3 coats of white paint. For the oil based primer, I used a disposable brush and roller. For the white latex paint, I used my favorite paint sprayer – The HomeRight Finishmax. ( I am not associated with them. I just love it so much!). 2 coats of primer took me almost 1 hour each to complete. With the paint sprayer, I completed one coat of paint in 20 minutes! How I wish there was something to spray the oil based primer! Step 4 –After waiting impatiently for the paint to dry, I put the drawers back on the dresser and marked lines where I wanted them using a yard stick. To add to the whimsy, I also wrapped a few lines on to the top as well. Then I took the drawers apart and taped off all the lines that I had marked.Step 5 – I painted all the colors I wanted along the taped lines. On some of the overlapping lines, I had to paint one color, wait for it to dry and then tape the other line and paint.
Step 6 – For the knobs, I used the knobs that came with the dresser and painted them white.
Thats it! A super fun and colorful Ikea Tarva Dresser makeover!
I love the whimsy and touch of happiness it adds to the room. It is right in front of the door and I love to catch a glimpse of it when I walk by. Oh and in case you are wondering – that lamp is from here. Isn’t it cute! I love the simplicity of it.
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