Ikea Hack of My Bedroom Tallboy

Ikea Hack of My Bedroom Tallboy

Many years ago I purchased an Ikea Tallboy for my bedroom. At the time this was all I could afford and I wasn’t too fussed by laminate furniture. Times have moved on and so have my tastes. However, this tallboy seems to follow me everywhere. I tried to retire it to the garage a year or so ago, but Paul was very keen to hang onto it. He loves the Swedish functionality, especially those smooth sliding drawers … so the tallboy remains. There’s only one thing I can do … it’s time for an Ikea Hack of my bedroom tallboy! Ikea Hack of My Bedroom Tallboy | www.honeyandroses.com Here is the before photo, this is genuine vintage Ikea, circa 2000. I considered sawing off the bottom and adding feet, but Paul talked me out of it … too much hassle! Ikea Hack of My Bedroom Tallboy | www.honeyandroses.com As the tallboy was made out of laminate, I started by sanding down the whole piece with medium grit sandpaper (180 grade) and applying an undercoat. I wanted to ensure that whatever paint I chose would adhere to the surface. The undercoat would act as a bond between the laminate surface and the paint. Once dry, I gave the whole piece a light sand with fine sandpaper (210 grade).

I already had a lot of black furniture in the bedroom including my bed and chest-of-drawers. So I decided to paint the tallboy a lighter colour, settling on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) in Duck Egg Blue.

I applied two coats of ASCP, which went on over the undercoat beautifully. I lightly sanded between each coat with fine sandpaper (210 grade). I didn’t think this piece would work “distressed”. However, some of the corners and edges chipped away during the final sanding. This added some much needed character, so I lightly distressed the corners and edges some more . Ikea Hack of My Bedroom Tallboy | www.honeyandroses.com I love the subtle matt finish using a clear wax gives a piece. But I wasn’t sure how using wax would work on a piece of laminate furniture. After a chat with mum and dad, we figured I would be working the wax into the chalk paint, so it should work okay as a finish. Even so, I tried it on a side corner first … just to make sure! The wax went on beautifully, buffing to a nice sheen – yeah! Ikea Hack of My Bedroom Tallboy | honeyandroses.com After applying the clear wax, I wanted to darken the colour a little more, as it was a shade too close to the colour of my bedroom curtains. So I applied dark wax, using some very fine steelwool (000) to buff as I went. I was really happy with the interest and depth of colour the dark wax give the tallboy. I also changed the knobs for some I found in the Laura Ashley mid-year sale. Ikea Hack of My Bedroom Tallboy | honeyandroses.com“I’m really pleased with how this Ikea Hack of my bedroom tallboy turned out. I thought this piece would only work with a smooth, glossy paint finish. In fact a little distressing, dark wax and the paint brush marks add interest and just a hint of character. Oh … and the drawers still glide open and close with smooth Swedish precision. Now to work on the styling… Ikea Hack of My Bedroom Tallboy | www.honeyandroses.com Do you have any tips for painting laminate furniture? For more ideas and inspiration, please visit my Pinterest Board https://www.pinterest.com/Honey_and_Roses/chest-of-drawers-idea-makeover/

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22 responses

  1. Love how this turned out – so fresh and new and love the hardware. Thank you for sharing at share It One More Time.


  2. Hi Jane! I have been thinking about doing the same thing to an old dresser I have that is almost the same color! Thank you for sharing your steps! And the result looks awesome! I love the paint color you chose!


  3. Wow, what a difference. It’s hard to Believe that is the same dresser! Great job and I love the blue and the new knobs. Thanks so much for linking up your dresser project at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link. Take care, Tara


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