Sunday, November 9, 2014

Tarva: Round 2

After a successful (imo) hack of the 3-drawer Ikea Tarva chest, I set out to spruce up my 6-drawer Ikea Tarva chest. I wanted the two pieces to match, but at the same time I didn't want an overwhelming amount of wood finish in my small, neutral tone bedroom. Confession: I also did not want to go through the whole pre-stain+stain+gel stain+polyurethane process again

My solution: Paint

We did everything the same, from framing the drawer fronts, to using a satin polyurethane finish, and adding matching hardware. But, rather than stain the wood, we painted it a rich navy blue. Oh, and we chopped off 2 inches from the awkwardly-long legs.

I couldn't be happier with the results!

It ties in well with the existing 3-drawer chest, and adds a pop of color to the room that isn't overwhelming.

Paint color: Old Navy by Benjamin Moore (we used flat paint)
Polyurethane: Varathane - Satin Finish
Hardware: WorldMarket

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  1. Love your Tarva hacks! Did you prime or sand the wood prior to painting?
    I got some clear glaze from IKEA but my son wants a gray dresser now so I am considering painting it.

  2. Thank you Cassie! We sanded the wood prior to painting and then used flat paint (since it dries quickly, we didn't need a primer). I used the polyurethane to get the desired sheen. It worked out well because I knew if I wanted it "shinier" I could just go over it with a different polyurethane, rather than being stuck with it or repainting it:)