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Quick and inexpensive DIY chest transformation

Ikea chest transformation
My favorite part of this chest (besides its beautiful color) are the teardrop pulls from Hobby Lobby.

Making a budget friendly room transformation is not that difficult. With some inexpensive art, some paint and a new comforter set I was able to change the whole look of our master bedroom. On my previous post I stated that the the furniture was making this room appear smaller that what it really was: it was a dark chocolate color and the chests were too tall for the space.

Inexpensive Ikea chest transformation

I knew this piece of furniture had to go, but I needed a similar (perhaps smaller) option with a comfortable price tag. Knowing that Ikea never fails, it only took me a visit to find the perfect Tarva drawer chest. Because it was made of natural solid wood the painting options were unlimited.
To make the big change, I went with some wood stains; the first couple of coats were in Minwax “Classic Gray”, and two more coats in Verathane “Golden Oak” both available at The Home Depot.

Inexpensive Ikea chest transformation
Inexpensive Ikea chest transformation
I love how the grains of the wood still show through the tint. 

A change of drawer pulls was all that it needed to be completed. I found some vintage looking ones at Hobby Lobby and they had this perfect teardrop style which I completely love.
Our new drawers look spectacular and the color went perfect with my HomeGoods lamps and Kenroy Home Reyes mirror.

Inexpensive Ikea chest transformation

Let me know what you think of this chest transformation. As always I LOVE reading all your comments.

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8 Comments

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    Anonymous
    February 26, 2015 at 2:17 am

    I LOVE this, great job!! Do you have any recommendations on how to transform black furniture into this color?
    Jill

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    Gloribell Lebron
    February 26, 2015 at 2:37 am

    Hello Jill and thanks for the visit. I haven't dealt with dark furniture pieces yet but the benches I used as nighstands on my previous post were gray-ish. I only sanded them and then used wood stain. Hope this helps a bit.

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    Anonymous
    February 27, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    I love the transformation. I have the same bedroom issue. this is a good solution.

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    Lora
    February 27, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Such a great idea!

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    Gloribell Lebron
    February 27, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Thank you so much. This was an easy weekend project.

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    Gloribell Lebron
    February 27, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    I'm so glad that you liked it. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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    Katie Alberter
    March 8, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Such a beautiful transformation! I love the stain you chose and those pulls are perfect! Don't you just love Hobby Lobby? Stopping by from Dwelling Gawker and pinning!

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    Gloribell Lebron
    March 8, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Hello Katie and thank you for stopping by. This project really turn out better that I expected. I looove the color and the pulls are my favorite! Have a great Sunday!!!

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