Dresser Update

So our master bedroom is getting pretty close to completion....that is with the exception of no headboard, magical endtables that we will probably never find, and unhemmed curtains...so all and all not bad :)
Anyho, we recently finished updating our Ikea dresser...I guess you could say this is my first true Ikea Hack...yippee! Boy are we ever glad its finished (and still in one piece as we refrained from kicking it several times while remaking it :D )

Soooo....here's what we began with:

The Ikea Hemnes 8 drawer dresser (ours was a honey colour, which they dont actually make anymore):

so we wanted it white...and didn't feel like forking out the $300 to get a new one...soooo we decided to paint ours.

I have to say this dresser was probably the most difficult piece we've worked with yet. It involved a bunch of steps and we dealt with a bunch of challenges after each.

First thing we did was sand the dresser down completely.

We took apart all of the drawers so we only had to paint the drawer fronts.

We then primed the entire piece and all drawer fronts with an oil based primer. This helps when you are trying to get the paint to level-out better, however for us it didn't work too well. We ended up stripping the entire top of the dresser and trying again with a water-based primer. After that, we sanded the entire piece again, and started with our paint.

We used "Simply White" in a satin finish by Benjamin Moore- which is the same colour as our trim and other white furniture- so we kept it consistent.

We constantly seemed to have dust and little blue particles from our drop cloth sticking to our pieces, so we were continuously wiping the pieces off and painting again, and again and again.

(Sorry for the lack of pictures on our progress, but I completely forgot to take some during our frustrations! lol)

After 3 coats of paint, we ended up with this:

We changed up the hardware a bit...

and we're pretty happy with how it turned out!

Dresser complete! We're almost there with this room friends! Up next- headboard re-do!


  1. I LOVE the whole Hemnes collection at Ikea! I actually have this dresser in the white color already and love it just the way it is, it has a very elegant feel if you ask me. I was thinking about painting it but I think now I just might add some cute knobs like you did. :)

  2. That looks amazing! You've inspired me to check out Ikea!

  3. Melissa@ Living BeautifullyFebruary 12, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Thanks ladies!! Laurie the knons definitely change the look! I would try that before painting...it could be all you need! :)

  4. Soooo beautiful! I'm loving the knobs. Where did you find them? I've got a project I'll be starting soon and those would be perfect!


  5. Melissa @ Living BeautifullyFebruary 13, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Thanks ladies! Rebecca, I got them from Home Depot. You can actually get them in a pack of 5! They sold them individually, but they were more expensive, so get the pack of 5!

  6. It looks amazing! I love the new hardware.

  7. Yay! It turned out very nice. Simple but looks very elegant. Good job. :)



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