Textured Panel Dresser Makeover

May 16, 2013

I was talking with my friend who wants to update her master bedroom and her style is coastal meets modern (love!) and she was saying she could use a new dresser in the space. I mentioned I had an idea for an original piece (my latest crush is furniture with fabric texture) and asked if she’d be willing to let me create something really cool for her and she agreed.

ikea dresser makeover with blue burlap panels

Last week I headed to IKEA to pick up a basic six drawer pine dresser I know they carry in stock. I brought it home, we assembled it, and then I primed and painted it, adding blue burlap inset panels to the front for texture, color, and dimension and satin nickel ring pulls. It’s quite a transformation and totally reinvented with a modern look!

ikea dresser makeover centsational girl


This project is in partnership with ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape and The Home Depot to kick off the Summer DIY Blog Hop. To recreate a similar version, here are the supplies you’ll need and the step by step to go with it. All supplies purchased at The Home Depot (except the fabric, pulls, and dresser).

painter's tape, scotchblue painter's tape, tape

Supplies:  Zinsser Cover Stain Primer (spray or brush on); Rust-Oleum Gloss Enamel paint (quart and spray); angled 1.5” paintbrush; foam rollers; mineral spirits; ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape; burlap or linen fabric; spray adhesive; 3/4” pine screen moulding; miter saw or miter box; lightweight spackling; wire brad nails; ring pulls. Optional: 1.5” x .75” wood trim for sides.

First, we assembled the IKEA dresser which takes about an hour. I wanted to see a little more definition on the sides of the piece especially around the drawers so I added a 1½” x ¾” inch piece of wood to beef up the legs on the sides.

ikea dresser

side of dresser


I don’t paint the sides of drawers or the unseen inside of furniture, so to keep any primer or paint off of those parts I used the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape to protect them. scotchblue tape to line drawers

My go-to primer is Zinsser Cover Stain (perfect for raw wood). I roll one coat on vertical surfaces but two coats on horizontal or frequently used surfaces for greater durability.

zinsser cover stain primer

zinsser primer on raw wood


Tape off the internal sliding mechanism hardware to keep it free of primer or paint so you can roll it on quickly and without worry.

scotchblue tape for internal hardware


prime outside scotchtape to protect


I wanted to use a gloss white paint so I chose the Rust-oleum formulas in spray and quart. After the primer was dry, I rolled the paint on the dresser with a foam roller in very light coats to get a smooth finish. Note, these are oil-based formulas, not a big deal with a spray but with any brush on formula you’ll need to clean paintbrushes with mineral spirits or paint thinner (or simply choose a different water based white paint for easy cleanup). I like to use enamel paints on furniture for a lasting and durable treatment and this version has a nice gloss finish.

white enamel paint

I grabbed enough of this screen moulding at 58¢ per foot to spray paint and to attach to the surface of each drawer.

screen moulding and nails


I trimmed the screen moulding with a miter saw (but a simple $9 miter box at Home Depot will cut it precisely for you too).  The blue burlap I purchased online and trimmed to the size of the panels created with the moulding.

trim blue burlap


To attach the burlap to the drawers, use a light coat of spray adhesive then secured it on all sides with the painted trim and small brad nails every 12 inches. Touch up the corners with lightweight spackling and paint over the nails to disguise them.

attach with wire brads

It turned out so gorgeous, I love this unique dresser with textured panels!

blue burlap panels on dresser


Light blue burlap and ring pulls both purchased online.

burlap panels on dresser

blue burlap panel ikea dresser makeover


This project brought to you in partnership with The Home Depot and ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape. Follow the Summer Blog Hop by liking the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape’s Facebook Page and follow the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Pinterest Page for all the latest ideas and inspiration!  Be sure to like The Home Depot’s Facebook Page too for home improvement ideas and specials throughout the summer.

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121 Responses to “Textured Panel Dresser Makeover”

  1. rae says:

    this is amazing. I would love to try this. thank for the inspiration.
    I have been inspired by your blog to try and make some headboards which came out beautiful.. I also undertook a bedroom makeover- paint, floor, molding and just finished. I feel great about it. This dresser would really finish the room….

  2. Jenn says:

    LOVE this. I love Ikea hacks, and this is one of the prettiest I’ve seen!

  3. Marianne says:

    My daughter wants me to do this dresser remodel for her room. Where did you get the blue burlap and ring pulls? I have not seen any online. Maybe I’m overlooking something.

  4. Linda Wark (@omhomelin) says:

    Stunningly beautiful and wonderfully creative! I want one!

  5. Maggie says:

    I love it!
    Can you make one for me :-) LOL?

  6. Melissa says:

    Wow! Love the way you framed out the drawers and added the colored burlap! Gorgeous!

  7. helen says:

    Fabulous as always! Love this makeover!

  8. Katie says:

    Oh Kate this is amazing!!!! I love how you transformed this Ikea dresser.

  9. We recently transformed the same dresser over at our place. It turned out beautifully! I love the fabric on the front of the drawers. Gorgeous!

  10. Danielle says:

    This is beautiful. I love that texture! x

  11. Laura says:

    It would be lovely with grasscloth wallpaper as well!!!!

  12. Ashleigh says:

    Late to the party, but impressed nonetheless. I saw some fancy ($1200) burlap-covered dressers today and came home to research a DIY alternative. This is fabulous. The dressers I saw in person were coated with something, so the burlap doesn’t hold dirt. Can you think of what that top coating would be? Could you ever poly over fabric?

  13. Nicole says:

    Just Wow! I love this idea!

    To answer the previous poster’s question, I had a trial and error experience sealing canvas when I was making journal covers where I actually mounted the canvass to cardstock with spray adhesive and fed the canvass through my regular inkjet printer to print it with original photography. It worked greater but the the ink then had to be sealed. I first tryed fabric medium from the art supply store but I ended up the a weird shinyish plasticy texture similar to oilcloth which was not the organic canvas texture I was hoping for. What actually worked was to spray each piece with clear matte spray paint and then iron over it with parchment paper to smooth out the texture and settle it into the fabric fibrers. After something like three coats the surface was impervious to dirt and water stains but retained its organic texture. Hope that helps.

  14. Meg says:

    Thanks to you, my husband and I are working on this very dresser make-over as we speak. While we’re waiting for the paint to dry, I’m wondering if you can tell me the measurements for the molding? How did you get it so straight? We can use a leveler and try to mark where it goes and it looks like there’s maybe an inch between the edge and the molding but if you have further information, we would appreciate it. Thanks!

  15. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hi Meg, I made a template of the molding on one drawer then cut the rest the same size, but I don’t have exact measurements. I think they’re about 1″ inside the outer drawer frame.

  16. Elisa says:

    It’s beautiful!

    But that gorgeous ombre lamp really steals the scene. Is that an IKEA hack as well? Di you publish a tutorial for it? I’d love to try my hand at it!

  17. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hi Elisa, the lamp is from Target :)

  18. liz says:

    I love this but why not buy a nicer quality dresser for $50 off Craigslist or a yard sale as your starting point ?

  19. Karen says:

    How much blue burlap did you have to use for this project?

  20. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hi Karen, I ordered two yards but only ended up using a little more than 1 yard.

  21. Michelle W. says:

    How has this piece and the pulls held up so far?

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