Tarva Dresser 'IKEA Hack'

Saturday, February 7, 2015



Holy moly, if there's one thing I LOVE, it's a damn good IKEA hack. I simply define an 'IKEA hack' as: taking something simple [and well made] from IKEA and making it awesome badass, with a little DIY magic. If you haven't been to IKEA, then please do yourself a favor, and make that happen. It's pretty much an all-day event...and they have a cafeteria. Win!

I have been on the hunt for a somewhat small and affordable dresser for the room that Anna and I share when we visit Nana and Poppa's house. I wanted something that has a rustic feel to it. The Tarva 3 drawer chest is the bomb.com for many reasons. First, it is only $80. Second, it is made of untreated pine. Third, it has potential written all over it.

We took a fun little trip to IKEA last week and of course came home with way more shit than we had planned. [We also found an amazing bed for under $150 but that's going to be in the next post. I also have a large box to mail back to NY of goodies that I found. Oops Score!] Anyway, I could not waaaaait to get my hands on this dresser.
I decided to go with Minwax Wood Stain in Provincial from Lowe's. I bought the small can because I didn't have much area to cover. I made sure to prep the wood first with Minwax Pre-Stain Conditioner, just to be sure I get an even stain on that super dry wood. A friend of mine suggested cheese cloth for application [which I also now recommend] and of course, gloves and a mask because that junk is stinky.

I started with the drawers, gave them two coats and then finished off the rest of the dresser with two coats as well. It dried pretty darn quick. That wood was really like a sponge... I put on these amazing turquoise distressed knobs from Hobby Lobby and poof--there stood my vision! I am now obsessed with the rustic wood grain look.



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