cheap trick: ikea dresser

October 15th, 2012   |   DecorLifeStyle

There is definitely progress happening on the home front. I’ve honored my birthday by treating myself to some home design time. Here is one of the recent updates which makes me so, so happy.

Mr. Lively’s bachelor dresser (hailing from the land of Swedish meatballs) is looking a bit spiffier in his new digs.

Here he was in his natural state.

A bit blah for my taste. So we upped the ante with new knobs (first spotted in Kim’s studio).

I mean, common. For those who love gold, like me, this guy is looking like a million bucks without the price tag.

Sure we coulda gone with a whole new dresser but this one was perfectly fine and had great oversize drawers and an exaggerated height which this tiny bedroom desperately needed. So for just 60 bucks we had a five minute makeover worth every penny.

He had good bones before, now he has good jewelry.


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  • Jess, your bedroom looks AMAZING! That Oh Joy! Wallpaper is so so lovely.

  • Hanah

    What a difference the hardware made. I also love your lamps. Where do I find them?

  • Jess

    Hanah, Thanks! They are Nate Berkus for : )

  • Eva

    I love Ikea upgrades! I can’t wait to see your full apartment!

  • looks amazing! I love the lamps, too.

  • Wow it really does look so different, I didn’t recognize it as an Ikea dresser at first until I scrolled further down the page. Awesome job!

  • The dresser knobs are lovely — and I, too, am mesmerized by your lamps! =)

  • Ellen

    Where did you get those lamps? Love!

  • What a great transformation! I love how something so simple can make a big difference!

  • Jess

    Ellen, the lamps are from – they are Nate Berkus!

  • kind of amazing what those knobs do for the dresser!

  • Giovanna

    love the colors in your bedroom and how just a touch of gold changes the dresser so much; wallpaper and lamps are fabulous

  • LOVE this! The gold looks beautiful on the dresser. Great call.

  • Amazing upcycle! Your bedroom is so charming! It looks absolutely cozy.

  • We have the same dresser for Rooney’s nursery (in white), and we, too, replaced the hardware to jazz it up. We used mismatched knobs from Anthropologie. It added about $90 to the cost of the dresser, but now, as I watch her explore the knobs and study each one so carefully, it’s worth it!

  • Love it! Love it! Love it! I can’t wait to see more pictures of your place when you get it all put together!

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  • basically, i’m going to copy you. from the wallpaper to the knobs. yayers!

  • Moe

    Absolutely in love with this idea! I’m going to do this to my bed with storage drawers. Also, I’ve been looking for wallpaper like this but I’m not sure which store to trust, where did you get it?

  • Thank you! The wallpaper is from Hygge And West. : )