A fun, whimsical and colorful Ikea Tarva dresser makeover perfect for a gender neutral kids room or nursery!
When you have a little boy and girl and they share a room, you are always looking for ways to create gender neutral decor while also keeping it fun. Unfortunately, most of the gender neutral decor out there ends up being too bland and boring.
If you know me, you know I love color and my kids are the same way! They love lots of color and whimsy. So I decided everything in their room will be colorful. It can be a challenge not to let the color overpower the room, so I decided to lots of white with fun splashes of color. Their dresser started as the plain unfinished wood Ikea Tarva dresser from the store. Just a little bit of paint turned it into a fun and whimsical dresser perfect for the kid’s 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 latex paints. My favorite are these.
- Paint sprayer for the white paint – optional but totally recommended!
- Yard stick and pencil
- Spray shelter (optional too, but it really is so helpful)
Ikea Tarva dresser hack for kids room-
Step 1- Give the entire dresser a quick sand with the 180 grit sandpaper. Unfinished wood from Ikea is not perfectly smooth and needs a bit of help.
Step 2 – Seal the knots in the dresser. The best way to do this is to apply shellac based primer locally to the knots. This keeps them from bleeding through the paint and creating brown stains a few months later.
Step 3 – Prime and paint the dresser. Use at least 2 coats of oil based primer with disposable brushes and rollers and 3 coats of latex paint. For the white latex paint, I used my favorite paint sprayer – The HomeRight FinishMax. The 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 –Once the paint has dried 24 hours, put the drawers back on the dresser and marked lines using a yard stick. There is no right or wrong way for this… it is totally up to your imagination. To add to the whimsy, I also wrapped a few lines onto the top as well. Then take the drawers apart and tape off all the lines.
Step 5 – After one set of colors is painted and dry, you can also tape off and paint overlapping lines.
Step 6 – Add knobs. I decided to paint the knobs that came with the dresser white so they did not take the focus away from the fun colorful lines.
Thats it! A super easy, 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. In case you are wondering – that lamp is from here. Isn’t it cute! I love the simplicity of it.
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