IKEA Tarva Nightstand Hack

This Ikea Tarva nightstand hack is so simple and yet so amazing! This quick Ikea nightstand makeover is sure to add a punch to your room!

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Ikea Tarva nightstand next to bed

Ikea Tarva… it is one of my favorite pieces in Ikea.

The Ikea Tarva 3 drawer and 6 drawer dressers have already been through a makeover in my home. Now it is time for the Ikea Tarva nightstand hack!

This one is super quick and simple!

The truth is – it took me only a few hours to get it done!

Of course, not counting putting together the nightstand itself 🙂

I decided to go with a 3 tone look – stain, paint and metallic paint. And I am digging the end result! Close up of pattern on Ikea Tarva nightstand top

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IKEA Tarva Makeover

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Painted IKEA Tarva Nightstand Makeover Instructions –

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Step 1 – Cut legs to create angles.

Measure and decide the angle at which to cut the legs. I measured ¾” on the bottom and 3″ up on the side. measuring feet of Ikea Tarva nightstand for hack

Cut the legs on the marked lines. I used my BladeRunner to do this but you can also use a Miter saw or Jigsaw. Cutting feet for the Ikea Tarva makeover

I already love the feet so much better! Cut up feet for the Ikea Tarva nightstand makeover

Step 2 – Assemble IKEA Tarva Nightstand

Assemble the Ikea Tarva nightstand except for the drawer. I decided to add a pattern to the drawer which I thought will be easier to do on just the drawer face.

Step 3 – Stainstaining the drawer face for the Ikea tarva nightstand

Stain the drawer face and part of the top and allow to dry.

Step 4 – Tape taping a pattern for the Ikea Tarva makeover

Decide the pattern you want and tape off all the areas you don’t want to paint.

Step 5 – Paint It in Your Favorite Color!

I broke out my favorite  – HomeRight Super FinishMax Extra to get it painted in a snap! The new pop-upMedium spray shelter is perfect for simple quick projects like these!Painting the Ikea Tarva dresser

It took me about 10 minutes to paint the entire nightstand.

I used DecoArt Chalky Finish in Vintage. With the Super FinishMax Extra, I didn’t have to thin the paint at all! I just directly poured it into the paint sprayer. It was a hot day and the paint dried super fast so I could get 2 coats done within 30 minutes! medium spray shelter and small spray shelter used for painting

While it was drying between coats, I also spray painted a knob to match the rose gold in the small spray shelter.

Step 6 – Paint the next color! painting metallic lines on the Ikea Tarva!

Remove the original tape and retape for the next step. I was just adding a few lines of the rose gold so I finished it off with a paint brush.

That’s it!

In about half a day, I had a brand new nightstand with gorgeous metallic accents.Close up of drawer of the Ikea Tarva nightstand

I am also glad I added a little personality to the feet by cutting them up! close up of feet of the Ikea Tarva nightstand makeover

So what do you think of this Ikea Tarva makeover?

Also, be sure to check out all the project ideas using the HomeRight Super FinishMax Extra!

Ikea tarva nightstand makeover with text overlay

Anika's goal is to inspire and empower beginners with woodworking, DIY, home improvement, and home decor ideas.
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  1. Beautiful. You are so very creative. Thanks for sharing.

  2. What a great Ikea hack. I will be featuring this at my Sizzle into Summer party. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

    1. Thank you Judy!! I will certainly be there!

  3. Jann Olson says:

    Very cute and modern! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  4. Are you not concerned with knots showing through the painted section? Is that because the stain seals them?

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