• Stephanie Hilton Design


Although I am not the biggest IKEA fan, they do have some pieces that can be hacked into something truly unique.


I was going for a mid-century/Scandi style dresser. I couldn't find anything I loved, or that didn't cost me a mortgage payment. So, to Pinterest I went.

The IKEA TARVA dresser came up in almost every IKEA hack search I did. For only $169, I figured I could't go wrong. It has the height I wanted at 36" high, it is solid wood (pine) which means I could stain and paint it nicely, and I could modify the legs. for an MCM look.

You will need:

  • IKEA TARVA dresser

  • knobs/pulls of your choice

  • chop/mitre saw

  • hand sander or sanding block

  • stain

  • paint

  • roller, brush, rag

First I assembled all of the drawers, then lightly sanded, primed and painted the drawer fronts with several coats of white paint so that the wood grain didn't show through. I then applied two satin Varathane top coats for protection and a slight sheen.

Then came the tricky part. I wanted to cut the legs down to give it that mid-century style, so I did a test cut on a piece of 2x4, and 15 degrees turned out to be the perfect angle.

I gave them a light stand, and stained them in Minwax Walnut, my go-to stain.

The next step was to assemble the body of the dresser and stain.

NOTE: pay close attention to the letters on the drawers slides (L or R), otherwise if you're like me, you'll end up having to remove them and put them on the correct side of the dresser. Oops.

Pretty stoked for how it turned out, and is cost me under $250.00.

I bought some cone knobs for about $80.00 which went perfectly with the style of the dresser.

Stephanie Hilton Design is a boutique full service Vancouver Interior Design firm servicing the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley.

Stephanie specialises in Residential Interior Design and is a decorating expert.

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