Have you ever wanted to give your boring furniture a makeover? Do you have the chance to grab a piece of IKEA furniture on the side of the road or facebook marketplace? You NEED to see the upcycled IKEA chest of drawers and what I did!! You aren’t even going to recognize it! * This post may contain affiliate links. If you choose to purchase from one of these links, I could make a commission at no charge to you.
From Trash To Treasure
Above is what the piece looked like before. Nothing special. Just a cheap pine IKEA chest of drawers. I got it from my friends garage. I actually followed my friend Katie from Salvaged By K Scott’s YouTube video. She used cane webbing on her makeover. I WASSSS going to. Truth be told, I didn’t measure before I cut and the cane was too small, so jute/burlap it was!! It was a happy mistake.
Cutting The Drawers
I followed my friend Katies video from YouTube on this next step. If this is going to look like a major upcycled IKEA chest of drawers it needed a major overhaul. For this part you will need a square, pencil, drill and jigsaw. The first step was to mark the edges, think of it as we are cutting out a rectangle in the center of the drawer. I measured 2″ from each edge. (I have to admit I was so into this part I forgot to measure the cane webbing, wahhh wahhh I cut it too big. In the end I used jute/burlap which I liked better for the color scheme. Happy accidents!)
Drilling and Cutting
The next step is to drill holes on the inside of the 90 degree corners. You want to use a drill bit big enough that your jigsaw blade will fit. This will help you start your cut so you can remove the center of the drawer.
Once you have a hole drilled at all four corners you can start to remove the center. Put your jigsaw in each hole and follow the lines you have measured and drew. As a result you will be able to remove the center of the drawers and have nice openings for your material.
Building A Shelf
The bottom of this piece looked incomplete to me. There was one board going across. I decided to get some pine boards, cut them to size and screw them in to make a shelf. I like using KREG jig screw because the drill bit allows me to counter sink the screws. As a result I can use wood filler to fill the holes and you would never know there was a screw there!
Cleaning and Paint!
Once I was done with the power tools, it was time to clean and paint! I cleaned the piece really well with White lightning cleaner. Once I was done cleaning, I painted. For this I used the new Silk All-In-One mineral paint. This will be available in the U.S. and Canada at the ends of Feb online. I used the color Deep Sea which is a dark blue, the finish is a smooth silky look. This doesn’t require a topcoat because it is already built in! SCORE!
Adding The Burlap
In order to really make this a totally upcycled IKEA chest of drawers, we need the last piece of the puzzle. BURLAP! I cut the burlap to fit the holes, then staples them into place.
As always, I put together a youtube video for you to see my entire process 🙂 I also show you how I colored the bottom shelf!! You gotta watch the video to see it!!!
Check out the final product below!! I would LOVE to hear what you think!! Don’t forget to also check out my friend Katie!! Happy creating friends!! XOXOXO