Ikea Tarva 3 Drawer Hack
Unfortunately, I do not have any before photos, mainly because we did not build the dresser in its entirety. Please see Ikea for a photo of the actual Tarva 3 drawer dresser, and here is a photo I took at the store.
We wanted two 3 drawer Tarva chests for nightstands. The main problem was that they are two tall for nightstands. I did some calculations, and decided to convert them to 2 drawer chests. I also really like the look of tapered legs instead of the clunky looking 2×2 Ikea legs.
My hubby cut the dresser sides with a miter saw and redrilled the holes to attach the dresser top. He also tapered the dresser legs. I got the idea for the tapered legs from this blog.
First, I sanded everywhere I planned on staining with 220 grit paper. Then, I used Varathane sun bleached wood stain applied with foam brushes. Next, I applied two coats of polyurethane in satin finish, and went up to five coats on the dresser top. Luckily the stuff dries fairly quickly. I did some light sanding after the first coat of polyurethane. Other than that, I just followed the directions on the can.
I used the original knobs (mainly because I didn’t want to fill in holes and redrill later), and I spray painted them metallic silver.
Someday I will actually decorate the room and put stuff on the dresser tops (like a lamp?), but today is not that day.