Breathing New Life into IKEA TARVA Dresser: A DIY Makeover

But did you know you could elevate these basic pieces of dresser into truly unique, customized decor? Let’s dive into the artistic transformation of an IKEA TARVA dresser by @alanagennara, who has an uncanny knack for turning simple pieces into something extraordinary.

Materials Required

To recreate this artistic DIY project, you’ll need:

  • IKEA TARVA dresser
  • Primer
  • Sage green paint (Alana used the color ‘Garden Flower’)
  • Muslin fabric
  • Watercolor paint set
  • Iron
  • Mod Podge
  • Trim
  • Hand saw
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Replacement furniture legs
  • Wooden beads
  • IKEA drawer handles
  • Blue spray paint
  • Drill

The Dresser Transformation Process

  1. Prime the Dresser: Start by sealing the wood with a primer. This helps create a smooth canvas for the paint and protects the wood.
  2. Paint: Paint the dresser in a beautiful sage green color. Alana used the shade ‘Garden Flower,’ but you can choose any color that suits your space.
  3. Prepare the Fabric: Order muslin fabric and cut it to fit the size of the dresser drawers. Use watercolor to paint floral designs onto the fabric. Let your creativity flow and create a design that complements your space.
  4. Iron the Fabric: Iron the fabric to ensure it’s smooth and wrinkle-free.
  5. Adhere to the Fabric: Use Mod Podge to adhere the painted fabric to the dresser drawers. Ensure it’s evenly applied and smooth to prevent bubbles or wrinkles.
  6. Trim: Cut the trim to size with a hand saw. This will frame the fabric on the drawer fronts.
  7. Attach the Trim: Attach the trim using wood glue and clamps to the dresser.
  8. Replace the Legs: Remove the old legs from the dresser and attach your chosen replacement legs for a fresh look.
  9. Add Texture: Glue wooden beads to the frame of the dresser. This adds texture and an additional layer of visual interest.
  10. Handles: Get IKEA drawer handles, spray paint them blue, and drill new holes for them on the dresser.


And there you have it! With some creativity and effort, you’ve transformed a plain IKEA TARVA dresser into a unique, artistic piece of furniture. This is a fantastic way to express your style and gives you a unique piece of dresser that no one else will have. So, get creative and start transforming!

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