Thursday, February 21, 2013

DIY Dresser Makeover

by Elizabeth

in Crafts and DIY

DIY Dresser Makeover with Fabric from Ikea

Ikea DresserOne of the easiest and cheapest ways of fixing up and old dresser or making a piece of furniture unique is by using fabric.   Find out how in this DIY Dresser Makeover tutorial!

I looked everywhere for a tall, stand-up dresser and, alas I found a cheap, unfinished pine dresser at Ikea.  I also picked up some fun fabrics at Ikea for the project as well. The only other tools I needed to complete this project were an ordinary stapler and a little bit of paint (which I already had).

The easiest way to cover a dresser in fabric is to take everything apart and start from scratch (I bought mine new so this was not an issue). I also measured the areas I needed to cover in fabric and bought extra just in case, which I have since used for different projects.
I started with the red and white striped fabric, which covers both sides and the top of the dresser.   

DIY Dresser Makeover with Fabric from Ikea

To measure, I laid each individual piece of wood on top of the fabric so the stripes were horizontal and cut about three inches extra around each piece of wood. The next step was easy—I flipped the pieces of wood over and carefully folded the excess fabric over the back of the wood and stapled it down. 


Next were the drawers of the dresser. This part was a little tricky, as the fabric was patterned, and I wanted to make it so that when the drawers were all closed, you could see the pattern. For this part, I needed to be very precise. 


I laid all the wooden fronts of the drawers down on the fabric in order from top drawer to bottom drawer.  I left very little space between drawers (probably three inches) so that once they were all covered, the pattern would be revealed. After I cut out the fabric for each individual drawer front, I carefully folded the fabric over the back of the wood and stapled it down.  


Then I put the entire dresser together and covered the legs with fabric (again, using a stapler). I wanted to add a pop of colour, so I painted the dresser knobs teal and screwed them into the wooden fronts of the drawers. 


It took a lot of time and hard work, but I now have a beautiful, one-of-a-kind dresser and it didn’t break the bank! 


Sarah is currently studying Anthropology at McMaster University.  She enjoys up-cycling, creating customized furniture, decorative furniture painting and any do-it-yourself projects, big or small. She is passionate about creative sustainability, by breathing new life into items destined for the land-fill. 

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A Proverbs 31 Wife February 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Wow! I love how pretty and contemporary it looks. Good job :)

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Jenny February 21, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Love it, wished I could go that funky, but my husband would probably shriek in horror.

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Guppy February 21, 2013 at 6:19 pm

You are very talented! Looks great.

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Stephanie LaPlante February 21, 2013 at 6:31 pm

That’s a very cool transformation

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Janet W. February 21, 2013 at 8:27 pm

What an amazing transformation! It looks fabulous!

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WendyLady33 February 21, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Well done! I have a very old table and chairs that were very rundown when i got them but after a lot of work sanding, staining and re-upholstery i now have a beautiful dark wood table with matching chairs with dark burgundy seats. All it cost me was 80$

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Elizabeth FrugalMomEh February 21, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Amazing savings Wendy! I’d love to see a before and after!

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Victoria Ess February 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm

That looks really amazing — thanks for the ideas!

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Lee Pearson February 24, 2013 at 7:54 am

This is so nice and I love the fact of taking a nice piece of furniture and redesigning it to something unique.. Love the design and pops of colour. It certainly is a focal piece. I love it!

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Lisa Ehrman March 2, 2013 at 6:43 pm

That’s beautiful and so unique! I’ve never seen such an artistic dresser done with fabric. Wonderful job!

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Caitlan Meador March 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm

That is BEAUTIFUL and definitely something I would be able to do…thank you for sharing!!!!

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Leane Watford March 11, 2013 at 10:15 pm

have been searching for cute patterns to repaint my old furniture..love this..it might be a winner!

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Amanda Williams March 14, 2013 at 9:26 am

I love this! I have been looking for a way to update our dresser because it is old (not antique) and it drives me nuts! I will look into making our dresser look this good!

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Lori R April 4, 2013 at 7:41 pm

This is so cool. Will have to try something like this

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Maddie Klingaman April 12, 2013 at 3:20 pm

It came out really beautful. You did a great job.

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Vicki Hale April 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm

I have an old dresser out in the garage that I have been thinking about painting, bu this sounds much more interesting. Thank you for the idea. Vicki

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Asifa May 10, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Thats really neat design for a diy

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Donnas May 15, 2013 at 7:30 am

That’s a really nice way to refinish a dresser.

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valerie godin May 18, 2013 at 8:01 am

It looks great! I wish I could refinish some of our things around here!

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Sylvia Zajis May 26, 2013 at 5:22 pm

This dresser turned out great. I am going to be redoing one with mod podge instead of staples since I can’t really take mine apart without fear that it will fall apart for good…lol. I am trying to redo the house in garage sale finds on a budget. ;)

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Darlene May 31, 2013 at 7:12 am

wow!! That is stunning. My teenage daughter was standing beside me when I loaded this article, she is in love and wants to give her dresser a makeover! This is a neat idea! Thank you for sharing.

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Jennifer A. July 30, 2013 at 5:05 pm

What a great idea for an older dresser that needs some tender loving care!

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Judy C August 8, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Love this idea but I am not that talented. You did a great job!

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Karen S. August 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Nice concept, but it’s a bit loud for my tastes. Yo each her own, though. Thanks for the tip, using something more my style, this is a great option for me.

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Jo-Anne Pfoh August 16, 2013 at 5:28 pm

I have a dresser that needs a makeover thanks for the diy

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Jayne Cameron October 12, 2013 at 10:35 pm

What a great Idea.

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Jennifer A. October 15, 2013 at 11:55 am

I LOVE this makeover! I will have to try finding an old dresser to give a makeover to.

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Nadia C October 17, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Love it !!!

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amy lovell October 23, 2013 at 9:31 am

this is amnazing! Nice job!

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angie smith October 25, 2013 at 11:36 am

WOW this is one of the most impressive DIY dresser’s I’ve seen. They are always plain but this is so funky & FUN!!

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Luana October 25, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Gorgeous! In Italy we have a program where they teach you how to customize the items! I want to try it myself!

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ginette4 October 27, 2013 at 11:11 am

Wow, love the makeover, what a great conversation piece! A dresser covered with material I would never thought of that, oh the leopard print fabric that I have would look awesome on my old dresser, thank you for sharing

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Elizabeth Matthiesen October 29, 2013 at 2:09 pm

you did an amazing job with the dresser. You’d never think it was one from Ikea now! I think it was also a super idea to add painted dresser knobs in teal, really does add that little extra. A job well done, I take my hat off to you!

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Chelsea October 29, 2013 at 5:20 pm

That looks fantastic! You did such a good job!

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jessica s October 30, 2013 at 9:21 am

so pretty!!!!! Ikea furniture is great in so many ways, but a spruce up can definitely make the pieces more interesting. great job!

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Valerie godin October 30, 2013 at 10:14 am

Wow! I wish I could do something like that!

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Debbie Bashford November 3, 2013 at 9:59 am

what a great project!

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KD November 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm

That looks very retro! Good job on the precise details.

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kristy e November 27, 2013 at 8:42 am

great project, would love to redo my daughters dresser

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Jon T November 29, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Such a great idea!

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ms. December 1, 2013 at 9:14 am

This is such a cool transformation. I’d totally do this.

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ms. December 5, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I also think it’d be a good idea to paper the inside of the dresser.

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loriag December 12, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Wow, that is quite the transformation. Well done.

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Karen S. December 13, 2013 at 4:05 am

I love the concept, but I’d have to go with a different fabric. The leopard spots are a little too loungey for me… but a nice linen might be pretty…

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Cheryl Grandy December 20, 2013 at 11:18 pm

I have an old dresser that needs to be refinished somehow. I hadn’t thought of using fabric. Thanks for explaining how you did this. I really does make a unique piece of furniture!

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Deb Dorrington December 28, 2013 at 11:17 am

Wow it looks awesome, I love what you did. I have a dresser that really needs a new look and using fabric would be something totally different. Thank you for posting this and giving a tutorial on how to do it..

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Susan T. December 30, 2013 at 6:09 pm

I love it! Will you come over and do mine? :)

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Carissa Joslyn February 2, 2014 at 12:20 pm

i love this. I need to do something with my book case, this i an awesome way to bring some of your own personality out in furniture!

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Jo-Anne Pfoh March 21, 2014 at 4:13 pm

I have a dresser that needs 911

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