IKEA Hack: Transform Your IKEA Malm Dressing Table for Under $25

We’ll be transforming a basic dressing table into a sleek, stylish piece using just a few items, and the best part? It’s going to cost you less than $25!

You don’t need to be a DIY guru for this project – it’s perfect for beginners!

Let’s Elevate Your IKEA Dressing Table!

This hack might look complex, but trust me when I say it’s easy. With a little time and elbow grease, you can elevate your dressing table, giving it a unique and high-end look. No fancy tools or precise measurements are required!

For this DIY project, we will repurpose the IKEA Malm dressing table by using an IKEA Rodeby Arm Rest and adding chic handles.

Here’s the breakdown of the process:

Materials needed:

  • IKEA Malm dressing table
  • IKEA Rodeby Arm Rest
  • Paint (we used leftover paint from our paneling)
  • Strong adhesive (we recommend PinkGrip)
  • Door handles (we got ours from Amazon)
  • Basic tools: saw, sander, pencil, and a drill

Note: The paint we used was from Coat Paints in color Ambrose, but feel free to use any color you have lying around or prefer.

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Cutting the Rodeby Arm Rest: Cut the IKEA Rodeby Arm Rest into three strips, each 10 cm wide. I used a Bosch jigsaw for this, but a hand saw works just as well.
  2. Sanding: Lightly sand the cut pieces for a smooth finish. I used a Black & Decker mouse sander, but you can use a hand sanding block or sheet.
  3. Painting: Apply a coat of your chosen paint. I went with a stunning shade from Coat Paints called Ambrose.
  4. Gluing: Attach the strips to your dressing table using PinkGrip adhesive. I tried a couple of other well-respected glues, but PinkGrip won out due to its ability to bond different finishes and fabrics. You can find this on Amazon.
  5. Sanding (Again!): Once the glue has dried, give it another quick sanding to ensure all the edges are level.
  6. Attaching the Handles: Decide where you want your handles to be, mark the spots with a pencil, and drill holes. Then, simply screw your door handles on. I found a fantastic deal on Amazon – a pack of 10 door handles for just £7.99!

And voila! You have successfully elevated your IKEA dressing table for under £20. It’s a straightforward process that doesn’t take long, but it can make a world of difference.

Final Thoughts

This IKEA hack was such a rewarding project. The added handles elevated the table’s look and increased its functionality. I was thrilled with how it turned out!

Remember, DIY projects like these allow you to explore your creativity and make your space more personal. So why not give it a go? Happy DIY-ing!

If you loved this DIY project and are eager for more, hop over to my website Our Home Styling, and check out my e.book Styling Your Home On A Budget.

– Anna

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