IKEA Hemnes 2-Drawer Chest Upcycle: Herringbone Pattern Overlay

@diybydeebs turned this ordinary chest into a showstopper using simple materials and a bit of creativity. The final color, Turtledove by @melangepaints, adds a touch of elegance to this beautiful IKEA Hemnes 2-drawer chest upcycle.

Materials Required

For this DIY project, you’ll need:

  • IKEA Hemnes 2-drawer chest
  • Wooden paint stirrer sticks
  • Miter shears
  • Detail sander
  • Wood glue
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Top coat sealer
  • Paint (Turtledove by @melangepaints, in this instance)

Steps to Follow

  1. Cut the Wooden Sticks: Using miter shears cut the wooden paint stirrer sticks at a 45-degree angle. These will create the herringbone pattern.
  2. Perfect the Angles: Use a detail sander to refine the angle cuts on your wooden sticks. This will ensure a snug fit for your herringbone pattern.
  3. Glue the Herringbone Pattern: Arrange the cut sticks in a herringbone pattern on the drawer fronts and use wood glue to secure them in place.
  4. Fill Gaps: Once the glue has dried, use wood filler to fill any gaps or imperfections in the herringbone pattern.
  5. Sand the Surface: After the wood filler has dried, sand the entire surface to ensure it is smooth and ready for painting.
  6. Apply Top Coat Sealer: Apply a top coat sealer to protect the wood and provide a base for the paint.
  7. Paint the Chest: Paint the chest in your chosen color. Here, @diybydeebs used Turtledove by @melangepaints.


This IKEA Hemnes 2-drawer chest makeover is a beautiful example of how you can elevate a simple piece of furniture into something unique. The herringbone pattern adds texture and interest, while the Turtledove color adds a sophisticated touch. Thanks to @diybydeebs for this inspiring #ikeahack. Elevate your IKEA Hemnes 2-Drawer Chest with a captivating herringbone pattern overlay. Add a touch of style and individuality to your furniture for a truly remarkable upcycle.

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