Why yes, that is indeed a dresser in my kitchen. And no, I do not get dressed in my kitchen…well most of the time. We are currently renting a 100 year old cottage style home. It is chock-full of character, but unfortunately not chock-full of storage. This move is temporary, so I decided to compromise on space/storage for location and character. There are some days that I curse character, but most I try to embrace it. The kitchen was a big source of frustration. There was just not enough storage, so on a trip to IKEA this pretty little dresser was purchased. It was painted, new knobs added and then dressed up. Isn’t she lovely? Looking on-line at the measurements, I noticed that it was narrower than a standard dresser. This was perfect! And it was affordable AND it can move with us!
Here is what the IKEA Tarva looks like in the store…
And by the way, I want my next job to be working for IKEA naming pieces of furniture! Okay, back to the dresser. Of course, IKEA furniture is affordable, but at the expense of your husband’s free time. On a Saturday afternoon, he patiently assembled this bad boy with the help of two four year olds. What should probably take a couple of hours turned into a six hour project.
And here it is almost ready to paint…
The wood was pretty smooth (and I’m pretty impatient), so I just skipped the sanding stage and headed to get my paint brush. I used the Zinsser 1-2-3 primer. I prefer this over Kilz. It goes on smooth and doesn’t smell too bad. I also prefer to use a brush instead of a roller.
Once the primer has cured (big word, but just look on the can to see how long you need to wait before re-coating), I then went on to the real paint. I painted two layers of the Behr Ultra Paint + Primer Satin finish. Let that cure and then apply your clear topcoat. I used the MinWax Polycrylic Satin finish to make the surface washable and durable. For the top of the dresser, I applied three coats of the Polycrylic. I was a tad lazy and only applied two coats to the drawers and sides. Follow the instructions on the can and you will be good to go.
Dresser – IKEA Tarva 6-drawer chest
Yellow Knobs – Hobby Lobby
Primer – Zinsser 1-2-3
Paint – Sherwin Williams Dover White (color matched Behr Ultra Satin Finish)
Top Coat Sealer – MinWax Polycrylic Satin Finish
Side Note: I have declared Behr Ultra Paint + Primer to be my favorite paint. So much so, that I drove 40 minutes to pick up a can of paint. Some may call this crazy, I call it normal.
Feel free to send me a note if you have any questions.