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Ikea Dresser turned Campaign Inspired Dresser

I told you I was going to get creative... Well here is my Campaign Inspired Dresser! 

We have had a very dark Malm Dresser (actually 2 smaller pushed together) for just over a year now.  Our dresser moved to the baby's room so we settled for the Ikea standard.  Ideally I would have searched Craigslist for a steal to refinish, but at 8 months pregnant, in the Atlanta heat, this deal was too easy & convenient to pass up.  There is nothing wrong with Ikea (as I have mentioned before) everything just feels out of the box (literally).  In redoing our bedroom I wanted something a little special.

I have had this idea in my head for MONTHS now, so it was nice to see how quickly & successfully (I think) it came together.  Here's how it all began:

I spray painted the drawer fronts with Rustoleum Appliance Epoxy in Almond.  This spray paint is perfect for Ikea veneered, laminated items.  Your colors are limited, but it only requires one coat, no sanding, no priming & no sealing!  The finish is self leveling & comes out a perfect glossy sheen.  The only negative is it takes 4-5 hours to dry completely.

To create the corners I took flat L braces & applied the smallest amount of Liquid Nails on the back.

I added some left over nailheads I had from the headboard instead of the screws that came with the braces.  Not the traditional Campaign look, but I thought it needed a little something to finish it.

Overall, this look is definitely Campaign Inspired & for around $18 I can live happy with our Ikea Dresser for a few more years.

Not styled yet...

Do you have any Ikea Hacks?  I'd love to see them!

Cheers- K

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  1. I think it looks awesome! great idea!

  2. I'm planning on redoing my two IKEA malm bedside tables... love love love your remake... I was curious about spray painting the "fake ikea wood", has your spray pain held up nicely?

    1. Hey Anon! I hope you check back to read this response. The Dresser is holding up great! If you do this be sure to use the Appliance Epoxy. It is much more durable than the regular spray paint. Only downfall are your color choices. I have created a post showing project updates & what I would have done differently. This one is included (with a new picture to prove it!)

  3. Great job Kristin! I just painted our Ikea chest and armoire and wish I'd seen your post a few days sooner.

  4. This is great! We have two taller ones that we need to do something with. I'm leaving much more inspired!


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