I've had this black IKEA Malm dresser for years. And when I moved into a new house, the black just didn't feel right anymore. So I decided to transform it into more of a campaign style piece using chrome hardware and (believe it or not) self-adhesive contact paper. Keep reading to check out the transformation and the tutorial.
Pretty drastic change, right?! And it really wasn't difficult to do, it just took a little bit of time and effort.
1. Here's what you'll need if you'd like to create your own campaign style dresser:
- Wood tone contact paper
- Round chrome pulls
- Decorative chrome corners
- White latex paint and a brush
- Fine grit sandpaper
- A drill and a hammer
2. Begin by sanding the whole piece down so that the paint will have some texture to adhere to. Then wipe it down with a damp paper towel.
3. Next, paint the whole dresser white. It may take two coats - be sure to let it dry in between.
4. Let the second coat dry for at least a day or two.
5. Next, lay a piece of contact paper over the drawer. Trim the paper, leaving enough excess to cover the edges of the drawer. Fold over the edges.
6. Now begin drilling your decorative hardware onto the corners. Do this for every drawer.
7. Last, drill a hole in the center of each drawer for your ring pulls. The Malm is made of a dense material, but just push hard and be persistent and eventually you'll make your way through.
8. Add a pull to each drawer. The screws that came with the pulls weren't quite long enough so I ended up using screws that were about half an inch longer. And that's it... you're finished!
You could use this same technique with different paint colors and different types of contact paper... a colorful patterned paper would look great too.
Or you can try gold tone hardware for a more traditional campaign style look.