Ikea Hack - Leksvik Dresser

When my plans for Christmas fell through unexpectedly and at the last moment, I decided I would treat myself to a master bedroom makeover.  The master bedroom redecoration project has been on the back burner for a long time - partly because it's such a large room, partly because I didn't know what colours I wanted and partly because I was just too lazy to take it on!!

The first leg of this odyssey was moving all the furniture into a more pleasing arrangement that had better flow.  So I began swapping out and rearranging furniture.

My furniture consists mainly of Ikea products.  I love them all, but in the case of my makeover I wanted something fresh and new...  I've been watching all the furniture painting that's been going on in blogland and I was now ready to jump in.  I painted my bedroom walls Benjamin Moore's Lenox Tan (love, love, love that colour!!) and I wanted a warm winter white as a contrasting colour.  I took a can of Behr's Almond Cream and mixed a cup or so of the Lenox Tan into it.  The warm off-white was PERFECT!!  I began with my Leksvik 4 drawer dresser:
DRESSER - B E F O R E


I painted the dresser drawers only and added painted wood knobs to give it an old fashioned look.  I LOVE the way it turned out!  The mirror was a recent purchase from a friend who is moving out of the country and with a coat of the same paint it matches beautifully.  I opted to prop it against the wall rather than hang it.
DRESSER - A F T E R
 After the paint dried, I rubbed sandpaper lightly over all the edges of the dresser drawers for more of  a distressed look.


Isn't it pretty?  I'm so pleased!!!

Remember how it used to look?
         
              BEFORE                                                               AFTER

Soooo happy with this one!  But them again, nothing in the room was saved from my painting binge.  My eyes immediately fell on this hook rack from Ikea that I had bought in the stained wood version.  (I like it hung out of plain view behind the door so I can hang all those clothes that aren't dirty enough to be washed... you know the ones I mean?? )  Anyhow, the rack needed and got the same paint treatment and distressed finish.

I love the edge detail - makes it look ancient and who doesn't love those Ikea hooks???  
I'll be posting the other furniture makeovers and then the room tour over the next week or so.  Stay tuned for all the other bits and pieces of this massive redecoration project!


Cheers!


27 comments:

Jessica said...

Cute dresser. So simple yet such a statement :)

Mel said...

It looks much nicer now, Good work Anne!

Lori said...

So glad I found your blog...great ideas! I'm a new follower too, so stop by and visit and follow if you like...I love making new blogger friends. Warm wishes, Lori

Jackie said...

What a great makeover...sometimes the simplest changes make the biggest difference. I found you via The Corson Cottage!

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

That really freshens it up! I love the two tone look too. You did a great job! Thanks for linking up this week to my party!

Gwen said...

Wishing you a very happy New Year, Anne. You have made a good start on your decoration plans it's amazing what a lick of paint can do to transform a piece of furniture...
Best wishes
xxx

aquariann said...

Your dresser makeover looks fantastic!! The contrast of the white gives it so much more character.

Claire said...

following you from thrifty decor chick-stop by for a visit!

Cindy F. Adkins said...

Happy New Year, Anne! Your dresser turned out great! I love it! Buster said "thanks" for stopping by his blog post! Oh yes...I've tried to tell him curiousity kills...but he does not listen to me :)
Hugs, Cindy

Honey at 2805 said...

Nice job, Anne!

Thank you for for sharing at Potpourri Friday. I wish you a healthy, prosperous and sparkling New Year!

Cherished Bliss said...

Looks fabulous! I just bought an ikea dresser for my son with hopes of painting it : )

I'd love for you to share at my party!
http://www.cherishedbliss.com/2012/01/craft-tell-no-38.html

The Southern Product Queen said...

Cute post! I'm having a Linky party too! I would love it if you would link up your favorite posts. Here is the link http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/one-stop-shoppe-linky-party

Katie said...

What a great change! I'm loving white these days! Especially this time of year. It's so clean and new looking!

Thanks for linking up to tell it to me Tuesday!
I'm your newest follower!
--Katie
Creatively Living

Marilyn said...

Super lovely change Anne.. I love it.. :)) Great job Anne..:))

Karima said...

What a lovely job you did, Karima

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Hi lovely,

You've done a brilliant job! Ikea comes good again!!! Your room is looking gorgeous!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Sarahx

Sherry said...

It turned out beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Queenie said...

You did such a great job...Your dresser turned out wonderful...I'm loving your candles wrapped in burlap too...Have fun transforming your room :)

Eclectically Vintage said...

Love Ikea transformations and yours looks great!
Kelly

The Southern Product Queen said...

Thank you so much for joining my linky party! This post rocks!

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

Hi Anne, Happy new year! Your makeover is off to a good start. Look forward to seeing the next post!

Rosa @ FlutterFlutter said...

Anne, what a great job! It looks fabulous!!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

My girls have two of these dressers (the taller ones), and I've been wondering what they would look like painted! Yours turned out great.

gail said...

Great transformation! I love the mirror propped against the wall!
gail

Maryann @ Domestically Speaking said...

I love an Ikea Hack! Go for you to make the most of your Christmas replan.

Jane Doe said...

That’s marvelous! Oh you’re such an inspiration. I’m going to do that with my dresser except I’ll use DrawItpaint dry erase paint so that my daughter can customize it the way she likes. Thanks!

ANNE said...

So glad I could inspire you!