Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ikea Tarva Hack: Vintage Disneyland Room Dresser


The Vintage Disneyland Room is slowly coming together, and this is probably my favorite completed project so far. The kids' room's design is inspired by the Disneyland attraction posters of the 50s and 60s.  To keep with that theme, I decided I wanted to give the furnishings a mid-century modern feel. 

We bought this inexpensive (but real wood!) Tarva dresser from Ikea with the idea of sprucing it up a bit:
I searched pinterest for mid-century dressers to inspire me, and here are a couple that I found:

Dream Green DIY
Wood Bird Design
I loved the dressers I found that painted the tops and sides of the dressers while leaving the drawer fronts stained wood, so I decided to attempt to recreate the same kind of look with my cheap-o Ikea dresser. (See more inspiration on my Disneyland Room Pin Board)

We started out by building the entire dresser. In some Ikea hack tutorials, they paint or stain before assembling.  It is probably easier to paint a bunch of flat boards rather than an assembled dresser, but we thought the dresser might go together better and more easily before it was painted. The plan was to paint everything a chartreuse semi-gloss, except for the drawers that would be stained, and then add brass pulls.

Here's the dresser all assembled in our living room corner before we got to staining and painting:



Annnnnd there's the after. Have I mentioned I really like it?

To get this result, we first needed to fill the pre-drilled knob holes in the drawer fronts. Use a little bit of wood filler in each hole. Use just enough to fill in the hole, and try not to spread it around the hole too much because the filler may not take the stain the same way the wood does. You can see what the filled hole looks like here:


It's really not too noticeable. After filling and sanding to remove any excess wood filler, we applied two coats of a medium tone stain and two coats of a gloss polyurethane. 


Finally, we drilled new holes for the brass pulls we had selected, and then she was all done! Whaddya'll think?





I can't wait to show off the completed room! It's coming along. Just a few more projects to finish up (like those dang quilts...)



20 comments:

  1. Beautiful makeover! I love the two toned look. The shade of green is such a great color.

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    1. Thanks so much, Brandi! I really like the way it turned out too!

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  2. This looks great! Love the look of real wood

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  3. Great Ikea paint job! I had actually been eyeing that TARVA with the intent to paint. Yours turned out lovely and so true to your inspiration photos. Thanks for sharing with us! Pinning it.

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    1. Thanks! I think it is actually a pretty good, sturdy dresser for the price. The drawers go in and out smoothly, which is important to me in a dresser. :) Good luck with your project!

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  4. I am loving the green and wood stain combination! If you get a chance, please link this up to my linky party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/05/sunday-link-party-7.html

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  5. Wow! What a fabulous hack!! And you staged it well too... great job!!
    Krista

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  6. Love it! Pinned it! Thanks for linking up at i Gotta Create!

    <3 Christina

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    1. Featuring you ~ you're a STAR over at I Gotta Create! Thanks so much for linking up. :)

      <3 Christina
      http://igottacreate.blogspot.com/2013/05/fantastic-furnishings.html

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  7. Just found your blog via Tater Tots & Jello. This dresser turned out wonderful!
    I'm a big Disneyland fan, especially vintage Disney. Can't wait to see the completed room!
    I'm now following via BlogLovin'. :)

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    1. Hi Chrissy! I am a huge Disneyland nerd. Almost to an embarrassing level. Almost. :) Thanks so much for following!

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  8. Beautiful!! What brand/color is the green paint?

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    1. Thanks, Bethany! It is Valspar City Chartreuse.

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  9. Hi Alexis!I loved your hack!
    What about the green colour you used?

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    1. The color is Valspar City Chartreuse. Thanks so much!

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  10. I love this fabulous transformation so much that I am featuring it today at the Get Your DIY On Challenge! Come by at 7pm EST to grab your button and bring along a holiday sign project if you have one to share! Hope your weekend has been awesome:)
    ~Krista

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  11. Wow! This project turned out beautifully! I'm feeling incredibly inspired to make the 5+ hour long (round trip) drive to ikea and try it out myself.

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