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. I love it Kate! Brava!!!! And I recognize those pulls! I used them in my own dresser make over!!!

  2. Karen F says:

    Wow, this is a stunning makeover! Nice job!

  3. Chaney says:

    This looks amazing, Kate! Now I want to go out a buy an IKEA dresser and replicate it. Thanks for the inspiration (and great detailed instructions!).

  4. Aryane says:

    Wow it looks amazing!
    Could you provide an estimate of the cost for the project?
    thanks! :)

  5. LOVE. IT!!!!!! gorgeous, kate!

  6. Taylor says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! I might try a bedside table…

  7. Nikki says:

    This is so gorgeous, you’d never know how it started! And I can’t stop looking at that beautiful blue ombre lamp on the dresser. Do you know where that’s from?

  8. Missy G. says:

    This looks SO. GOOD.

  9. CentsationalGirl says:

    Thanks Nikki, that lamp is from Target, gorgeous right?

  10. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hi Aryane, the dresser is $149 at IKEA (less with a family discount membership) and the pulls are $4.47 each which adds up quick when you use 12! Burlap is $6 a yard (I bought 2 just in case). I already had the primer but the paints were $20 and the molding was $25 so roughly $245 or so?

  11. Sharon B. says:

    Gorgeous! I didn’t know burlap came in that pretty blue color. How creative to use it this way.

  12. CentsationalGirl says:

    Thank you Sharon! I didn’t either until I started looking around online. Joanns also has a few colored versions in their store but the quality is rougher than the version I used which feels and looks a bit more like linen. But I think it would also be pretty in the basic tan burlap too!

  13. Sarah says:

    Oh My goodness I love this!!! This would go perfectly in my daughters’s room. I will have to try to replicate this here at home!

  14. Tierra says:

    This looks awesome!! Totally in awe with your work — as always ;)

  15. Julie says:

    I love this! I’m in the process of making over a lot of our IKEA furniture. These are great tips!

    Thank you!

  16. Emily Clark says:

    This is such a great idea!

  17. Kaci says:

    Oh my! I am resisting the urge to drive to IKEA right now! You are an incredibly creative person Kate! Where did you find that burlap? That lamp is just PERFECT for that dresser! Ah! I literally have chills! Nail on the head girl!

  18. Kaci says:

    Nevermind just found the link for the burlap. Thanks anyway!

  19. Ms.Lizzy says:

    I have a chest that has been screaming for a make over!! CAN’T WAIT to do this! Now the decision ~ nail heads or trim…nail heads or trim…. hmmmm. LOVE IT! Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. That looks fantastic!

    What I wouldn’t do for an Ikea nearby.

  21. kelly says:

    Simply fabulous! I like that you don’t paint the insides of the drawers etc. I have painted those areas in the past, but sometimes the drawers then stick. I felt badly not painting the insides, but now I don’t!
    Thx Kate!

  22. Kim R says:

    This dresser is fabulous! I bought a RAST dresser a year ago with plans to add trim like something I saw on Pinterest, but I like this fabric treatment even better. Hopefully this will be the inspiration that I need to get it done :).
    I have to comment, too, that I looked at the source of the burlap and saw it comes from a store in my hometown of Winfield, Alabama. It is a very small town and I am always proud when you mention warehousefabricsinc. It is run by several older ladies that all remind me of my mother. The burlap is very nice and I know they appreciate your business.

  23. Shannon says:

    Another creative & gorgeous makeover job! I wish I lived closer than 5 hours to an IKEA!! A couple questions for you. 1. Where did you use the spray enamel paint? 2. Can the roll-on enamel paint be tinted/colorized?

  24. Mallory S says:

    I’m completely obsessed. I want one. Right now.

  25. seriously AMAZING!! I love the subtle texture of the burlap! It makes it look SO expensive and custom! Great job!

  26. What a lovely idea! I’ve been brainstorming ways to refinish our bare wood dresser in our entrance and this could be a great solution!

  27. Karen says:

    WOW! gorgeous, I love it.

  28. kathleen kelly says:


  29. CentsationalGirl says:

    Oh how nice to read this Kim, say hello to the people over at Warehouse Fabrics for me!

  30. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hi Shannon, I used the spray enamel on the moulding (it was faster) but to save the $$ you could certainly paint it by hand with the brush on formula. Such a great question about tinting, I think the oil based enamel would have to be compatible with the tints at Home Depot but I’ll find out for sure from my contact at RustOleum.

    ** Update: this is the response from RustOleum: “I spoke with our chemists, and unfortunately we would not recommend tinting our Stops Rust Enamel paint. Home Depot does not have the colorant formula since it is not a tint-base product.”
    Now you know!

  31. Elizabeth H says:

    Beautiful. What great vision you have. So talented.

  32. Gabby says:

    That turned out really great! Love the turquoise, I just bought a burlap lamp shade in a similar color from World Market today.

  33. WOW. What a transformation! That looks absolutely amazing! Excellent job!

  34. Love! It looks amazing!

  35. Sue says:

    Wow – love this idea! So creative and the fabric really softens up the wood. Great job as always!

  36. veronika says:

    what a gorgeous piece! love this so much—the burlap really adds a beautiful texture element to the piece.

  37. ayo says:

    fantastic i really love this post

  38. So impressive!!!

  39. Amazing Work Kate . Drawer is looking awesome :)

  40. Hena says:

    You are so CREATIVE!!! Love it!

  41. StephieLou says:

    What a difference!!! I love that you took a basic IKEA dresser and turned it way up. Fabric panels in that shade of blue with the white paint and drawer pulls….it really is beach meets modern. Kudos, CentsationalGirl!

  42. Kate — this piece is absolutely incredible. I totally love it. I wish I had one. Maybe one day I’ll tackle something like this!
    You nailed it.

  43. CentsationalGirl says:

    Thanks so much Jenny, and everyone, very kind!

  44. Allison A. says:

    This dresser is stunning Kate! Absolutely beautiful.

  45. Cathleen says:

    This is my favorite transformation yet! This dresser is so amazing. I love the blue burlap. Thanks for the step by step instructions and inspiration.

  46. Terri says:

    Man, I wish you were MY friend! Simply stunning.

  47. Oh WOW! This turned out so wonderful. I bet you would have surprised your friend. I wish I could see her expressions. :)
    I love your choice of fabric…it’s just amazing.

  48. Patra says:

    Really nice job. You should post this on Ikea Hacker.

  49. Sensational make-over, Kate! It’s a pity we don’t get all the tools for the same here in India, but this summer I’m headed to Maryland to visit my sister and she wants me to help her with re-doing her daughter’s room and T.V. lounge. I’ll be looking up you posts for DIY guidance for sure! xx meenal

  50. This is just awesome!!! Very nice!


  51. Andrea M says:

    I rarely comment on blogs, but that may be the most beautiful dresser I’ve ever seen.

  52. Looks so great Kate! Love the burlap. xo Kristin

  53. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Incredible transformation! I am walking around my house right now tying to find a dresser that needs a facelift…

  54. kristin says:

    This looks amazing! Beautiful work–I need a piece for our front room. I wonder how I could do this with a cottage/farmhouse/traditional look. Perhaps a linen/burlap in tan, and a darker more “bin pull” style handle? But what color paint??? I have black accents and you can’t go wrong with black right? Or an off-white? (Thinking aloud to many people here!) LOVE IT! I am saving this one for some thought!

  55. gorgeous! the color of that burlap is soooo pretty! wish they sold pretty colors of burlap at the store. :)

  56. Sandra says:

    That is simply gorgeous!!!

  57. Lisa says:

    Wow, love, love, love…. you never disappoint!!! i’m sure your friend is just thrilled :) I would love to see everything else you did in the room. Your a decorating genius Kate!

  58. Heather says:

    What a stunning makeover Kate! I have a dresser that needs a facelift and you’ve inspired me to try this! Thanks for your detailed tutorial and pictures!

  59. Absolutely beautiful! I love your projects. They always look so ….well….CLEAN :) And pretty!

    If you don’t mind my sharing, this reminds me of a project I just did recently with a wooden kids kitchen from the thrift store. I also used the miter box from Home Depot (and did a little video on how to use it), and I used vintage fabric and mitered pieces to line the front for a cute vintage look. I would soooo love if you checked it out, Kate! :)


    Your site is amazing, by the way! But you already know that ;)


  60. What a lucky friend you have! This piece is a stunner. I’m inspired to use some fabric on my next makeover!

  61. You are really amazing! I love your creativity. It totally amazed me how you make it looks so easy to do. It is really inspiring. I wish I can try doing my own version. Thanks for the tutorial! :-)

  62. Hi Kate! What a beautiful piece. I am always impressed with your attention to detail and it certainly shows in all of your work. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  63. Nicole says:

    That’s a very beautiful job! I really like the look of the texture.

  64. Catherine says:

    Kate~FABulous job!
    Really love the idea and your execution, you really did a fantastic job!

  65. Pernille says:

    This dresser is so beautiful. You are very very creative

  66. Denise Noss says:

    Hi Kate, That is beautiful. I must ask where did the lamp come from? Love it all. You are so talented. Thanks for sharing.

  67. Beth says:

    As always you did a fantastic job on this diy project. I think I will copy you on this one but wanted to ask you a questions first……how would you rate the quality of the Tarva dresser?

  68. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hi Beth, thanks! The Tarva is less deep than the IKEA Hemnes (a dresser we have in my boy’s room) which retails for over $100 more. The Hemnes is more substantial and much heavier, the Tarva is solid pine but a softer surface than the Hemnes. It assembled easily but it’s top heavy so it comes with an earthquake strap. It’s pretty decent quality.

  69. Beautiful makeover

    Lots of Love from sunny Ireland
    My new blog name
    chiclifestyleofewelina.blogspot.com (old name: dublinchiclifestyle )

  70. Rugger says:

    OMG! What a transformation and what a value. Is that really IKEA? Wow!!!

  71. Veronica says:

    This is great! Beautiful job!

  72. Taylor Pugh says:

    Wow! This is simply amazing! Thank you for shaing. I’m inspired and can’t wait to start a new project. Where did you buy the fabric?

  73. I love burlap! The rough texture of the burlap against the brushed drawer pulls….ahhhh…very nice!

  74. I forgot to mention that I included this post on my blog as part of my Shout Out Friday series. ;)

  75. Betsy says:

    Kate– I’ve been following your blog for a while and I’m hoping to do a few of my own IKEA hacks this summer! I love this dresser– the fabric looks great! Even my husband likes it! I’m wondering how you measured/cut the fabric — what dimensions did you use? I’m thinking of doing something similar with that dresser and maybe the nightstands, too. :)

  76. Wow!! This is so amazing! Love the detail you added to such a plain dresser.

  77. debbie says:

    Love it – I bet your friend is thrilled. I thought when I first looked at the blue that it was grasscloth. I had no idea burlap came in different colors. I know it is pretty bad to ravel so how did you handle that, please?

  78. Jessica @ Decor Adventures says:

    Hi Kate,

    What a great project. I had the same idea to do this on an extra dresser in the guest room with left over grass cloth wallpaper and moulding. Now I know how fabulous it will look!

  79. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hi Taylor, I linked to the source of the blue burlap and ring pulls above the second to last pic.

  80. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hi Debbie, it depends on the quality of the burlap. This version is smoother and more tightly woven, more like linen. But it stays in place with the help of the spray adhesive I mentioned. If you’re careful about how you trim the ends (take it slow!) the moulding covers the edges nicely.

  81. Jan says:

    Beautiful! I love the finished piece. I’m thinking of doing this with some of the specialty burlap I’ve recently seen. I may use nail head trim around it instead of the screen trim for a different look.

  82. Ally Grisham says:

    Kate… you are just too amazing! I remember when you went to the Minwax conference (a while back) to learn the latest tips in stain products, and I was thinking how great it would be if you hosted a conference chock-full of CG projects! So today, after seeing yet another inspired Kate idea, I started putting change in a coffee can… just in case you ever do it. I’m sure you’d have a waiting list a mile long. But if you ever do it, I’ll be the first to send in my registration fee! You rock!

  83. LinOne says:

    Drop-dead Stunning! So creative. Love the old-fashioned pulls but in modern nickel. Perfect colors for coastal modern.

  84. CentsationalGirl says:

    Aw so nice Ally, thanks! Not planning any conference anytime soon, you’re sweet to think of it! I wear all my creativity here, so so glad you enjoyed the project!!

  85. Yuechen says:

    Love love love it!! Dying to copy this idea!

  86. Jackie says:

    This is incredible! You have such vision when it comes to furniture makeovers. I am in the middle of rehabbing a dresser as a media stand and the drawer fronts don’t look so pretty right now. This idea might just save my dresser!

  87. Kristen says:

    This is beautiful. I have an unfinished bureau that is in desperate need of being refinished. Looks like I found my next project!

  88. Lisa says:

    This is one of the cutest makeovers I’ve seen in a long time! Excellent:)

  89. Feral Turtle says:

    Wow Kate, Looks fantastic. What an awesome makeover. Cheers!

  90. Elizabeth says:

    You are so good…you made stuffs all by yourself? I love the textured drawer….

  91. This is adorable! Love your ideas and this dresser looks so fresh, clean and cheerful!

  92. Kate, I can’t keep up with your amazing ideas! An overlay project was on my to do list, now this beautiful transformation may be first. Love the added touches you did with the molding. Did you add that center leg support? I didn’t see it in the original picture. Just wonderimg. It is such a stunning piece, and such a nice gift to do for your friend. I bet she loves it! I know I do :)

  93. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hi Stephanie, thanks so much! The leg support is part of the dresser, don’t know why it’s missing from the “before” pic on IKEA’s site !

  94. Tiara says:

    I love the makeover. You’re very skilled :)

  95. Suzanne Hill says:

    It looks gorgeous. Can you possibly tell me where the canvas picture came from?


  96. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hi Suzanne, I picked that up a Marshalls a month ago.

  97. Hands down, best IKEA dresser makeover ever. Absolutely love it!

  98. Shalini says:

    Lovely transformation. I like that its all wood and not partical board but your transformtaion made it even more pleasing with not a whole lot of extras. Simplly beautiful :-)

  99. Laura says:

    I love the contrast of wood, metal, fabric, and paint in this project! I’ve used the Cover Stain primer on wood too (although mine was previously varnished knotty pine wall paneling) and it works great. Thanks for sharing!

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