After a successful (imo) hack of the 3-drawer Ikea Tarva chest, I set out to spruce up my 6-drawer Ikea Tarva chest. I wanted the two pieces to match, but at the same time I didn’t want an overwhelming amount of wood finish in my small, neutral tone bedroom. Confession: I also did not want to go through the whole pre-stain+stain+gel stain+polyurethane process again
My solution: Paint
I couldn’t be happier with the results! It ties in well with the existing 3-drawer chest, and adds a pop of color to the room that isn’t overwhelming. We did everything the same, from framing the drawer fronts, to using a satin polyurethane finish, and adding matching hardware. But, rather than stain the wood, we painted it a rich navy blue. Oh, and we chopped off 2 inches from the awkwardly-long legs.
Paint color: Old Navy by Benjamin Moore (we used flat paint)
Polyurethane: Varathane – Satin Finish