Friday, June 14, 2013

Ikea Hack || Malm Upgrade

If you saw last weeks post on our Full Wall Wainscoting Reveal you may have seen my "please excuse my Malm" photoshoped attempt at promising you that I was not decorating our Master Bedroom with Black Malm dressers...side note: nothing wrong with Malm's they just would NOT fit aesthetically with our bedroom!   
So I hope to have delivered on that promise with my very first and oh so official Ikea Hack!  I am super pumped at how these bad boys turned out!
Here is the before and after of the Malm Dresser...a total transformation with just paint some wood and handles...
 and of the top of the dresser got a face-lift using frog tape...what project wouldn't be complete with out frog tape.

Ikea Hack  || Malm Upgrade Supplies and Price Breakdown:
Ikea Malm Dresser - $79.99
Benjamin Moore Advance in High Gloss - Color matched to BEHR's Precious Emerald - $24.00
1"x1" wood from Home Depot - $6
Ikea TYDA Handles -  $9.99/per pack 2 pack
Rust-Oleam Gold Spray Paint from Home Depot- $8


Ikea Hack  || Malm Upgrade How To: 
First step is to get one adorable child and husband to help with building your Malm's..yes we were in the middle of potty training...that big green frog is not a really cool toy.
Next up Clean and Prime that baby...I used my typical method of Rubbing Alcohol and Zinsser Primer.
For the Tops of the Malm:  
Once the primer was dry I spray painted a coat of gold, waited until dry and then created my design.  Made sure it was really sealed on there and then sprayed gold again!
If I did this project again...I might recommend a gold paint vs spray paint because it would seal the tape/design better
You can see below that the Frog tape is now sprayed over with the gold paint...
Then you start your painting!  
 
Once I had done 3 coats of paint...yes 3, I was slightly annoyed about this...I removed the frog tape to find a only decently clean line.   Again Slightly annoyed!  So at this point I decided that i actually preferred the look of Liquid Gold Leaf and I just free hand painted over the original design.  Just a personal preference...    
While I waited for the paint to cure and harden...I started on the handles.
Cleaned with rubbing alcohol and pray paint primed.  
For the wood portion of the handle I cut the wood to be the exact length of the dresser fronts and then cut of the edges at a 21.5 degree angle...just a personal preference...not necessary.  These got primed and painted as well.
Once the paint was dry I nailed, set and spackled the nail holes.  Then just glued on the handles with power grip and super glue.
 
So What do you all think?   I am absolutely in love with them and they are certainly bold which is what I was going for.  I knew I wanted this emerald color for side tables so I searched pinterest for "emerald furniture" and I found this {check it out} if you have time.
Update:  please please please….let me articulate more…to see the inspiration for this project click though….I can’t and won’t take credit for turning the handles sideways click through to Simple Details to see the source of inspiration!

Via Simple details.blogspot.com
Here is a Before and after of the Malm's...
Obviously next up is new bedding...I'm on the hunt for white hotel style.  And we also need a Headboard...but i just can't decide on the color...anyone have any suggestion! 
Hope you liked the Hack!

 

67 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness...LOVE!! This is fabulous, great job!! I want this side table ;)

    Jane
    FF

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    1. Thanks Jane...I thought you might like it after reading your post! Thanks for stopping by!
      -katie

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  2. Great hack! How did you come up with those rad handles??

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    1. Hi Ceci...I actually saw an old dresser like it on pinterest and was inspired. I had wanted campaign style handles but they are really expensive like $25-$30 a handle! Yikes...so this square option was the next best option! So glad you like!
      -Katie

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  3. Very nice. Love the color and the handles are amazing. Visiting from Redoux linky party. Thanks for sharing. Come for a visit when you get a chance.
    --Debbie
    http://lovinlife1dayatatime.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Debbie for stopping by! I will hop over to visit!
      -Katie

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  4. These are gorgeous! I can't believe they are IKEA Malm dressers :-) I love everything about it and the colors you used; green, gold they look perfect with the black lampshades! very beautiful, you did a great transformation Katie, for the color of a headboard; I don't know! :-) it's difficult but everything is looking so lovely!
    wish you a great weekend!
    Ingrid

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    1. Thanks Ingrid glad you like! For I second there i was thinking the room was turning into an Irish Pub...green and gold :) But it ended up fine in the end. I'm so torn on the headboard color! I actually found a mint green that looked cool, but I'm worried things are getting a little too crazy!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      -Katie

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  5. They look sooo great! What a unique hack! I have never seen anything like this done before. Thanks for sharing!

    Marie H.
    www.progressionbydesign.com

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    1. Thanks Marie! I'm glad to hear you like them!
      -katie

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  6. Love IKEA but love seeing people make over their products even more! This is a wonderful example of how IKEA stuff can get a glam makeover. I really like how you created the detail on the drawer fronts. Great job!

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    1. Thanks Angela...I wanted campaign handles but they were too expensive:( The handles were actually the master mind another blogger...@simple details...I just did the Hack!
      SO glad you liked it!

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  7. So awesome! I have a Malm of my own that I've been wanting to do something with and this is such a great inspiration. And how you did the pulls?!Clever girl...:)

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    1. Haha Glad you like it! I have a handful of other Malm ideas on my DIY projects pinterest board...some really easy ones you can do with Frog tape versus buying overlays...Good luck!
      again the pulls were from Simple Details blog! I can't take credit! SO glad you like the Malm Hack!
      -katie

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  8. Katie ~ thanks so much for the shout-out!!! Love that my dresser inspired your makeover, you did an awesome job, and they're perfect for your bedroom!

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    1. Hey...thank you for the inspiration...don't worry I give all credit to you lady...I'm just an Ikea Hacker!!! You have great taste!
      -Katie

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  9. These side tables are beautiful! And your detailed instructions for the makeover really make it seem do-able! Thanks so much! I'm inspired!

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! Glad the Hack instructions made it simple, I try to give details on all my projects...I have a Pinterest Board with a lot of other ideas as well!

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  10. Whatever! That's FABULOUS! Featuring you on Friday! XO, Aimee

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  11. Wow, you've transformed these into a piece of art! Very clever. :) I especially love the detail you put into the handles.

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    1. Haha thanks...the Handles are all credit to Simple Details blog! I think I need to make that more clear in my Post :)!!!
      -Katie

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  12. just saw this on apartment therapy. Burnt orange would be a lovely color for a headboard in there.

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    1. Cool! I been hearing a lot of orange and yellow tones so I'll go for that one!
      -Katie

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  13. Olive headboard. Amazing. With gold buttons or not.

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  14. This is gorgeous! One of my favorite Ikea hacks I've seen. I love the addition of the gold design on top.

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    1. Thanks and glad you like the gold design on top..I thought it turned out great and gave the piece interest form a few different angles!
      -Katie

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  15. Love, love, LOVE this! I had a similar problem with painters tape and a design I was doing on a desk last night. I'm going to try to solve it with a ruler and a Sharpie paint pen. Wish me luck!

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    1. Those Sharpie paint pens work great! I just tried them out...I still totally love gold leaf paint...but for correcting agreed...the pen is a great option! Good luck!
      -katie

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  16. Loooove the hack, fantastic colours! I'd go for a coral or rich mustard-y yellow headboard. Or could you go copper? I like the mix of copper and gold tones...
    Well done!
    Gabrielle

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    1. Cool...great tips! I need to get this headboard rolling!!!
      -katie

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  17. They came out great and look so great in your bedroom! Totally love the green and the handle design after seeing it at Simple Details…Pam has such a great eye for design.

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    1. Touche! She totally does...I can't (and don't) take all the credit :)!
      Thanks for checking it out!
      -Katie

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  18. This is totally cool. I love it. I'd go with a black metalwork headboard with maybe brushed brass or stainless accent, and switch out the lampshades to coral, orange or maybe even lemon. So much easier to update the look of the room--when it's time--with new lampshades than to find a new headboard.

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  19. Amazing makeover!
    I have a Malm dresser that I want to re-do as well, but everyone else has said you MUST sand down the finish first. Did you find that the paint sticks okay without sanding? I would love to skip this step :)

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    1. Honestly...I don't sand fake wood! I'm a rebel like that! In theory sanding is to clean it! If i was doing a used piece I would for sure sand...but I make sure to clean thoroughly with Rubbing Alcohol. From my experiences I have decided that oil based (oil is key - it has a stronger bond) primer and Zinsser brand is the best way to bond...Good Luck!!!
      ps I don't use oil based paint...only the primer. The Advance paint from benjamin moore is my absolute favorite...I use it for all furniture, cabinet, moulding and doors!
      Good Luck
      -Katie!

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  20. Coming over from Aimee's this morning to tell you this is way awesome! Love it so much and might have to do something similar!!!

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  21. Amazing transformation! Love it all!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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  22. You could always make a head board which is really cheap. plywood staple gun foam and a fabric of your choice...

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  23. It is GORGEOUS! I'm including a link back in this week's highlights. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and hard work, Katie!

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    1. So Exciting! Thanks for the shot out!
      -Katie

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  24. Hi Katie,
    I love what you did with these Malm bedside dressers. I actually have the exact same dressers and was thinking of *tweaking* them a bit... now I know how!! :-) Thank you for the great inspiration.

    Natalie from La gang à Nat
    www.natandgang.blogspot.com

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  25. i love it!! thanks for linking up to Moonlight and Mason Jars! We featured you tonight!

    thanks!
    taylor
    www.itstaylormade.com

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  26. Very nice. I am visiting from Moonlight & Mason Jars link party and the green color caught my eye. My son loves green so I am thinking of doing a dresser for him. Thanks for the tips!

    Nicole
    www.holdtheoffice.com

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  27. AMAZINGGGG!!!!! I will try to do it thanks ♥

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  28. This is unbelievable! What a great makeover. I'd love it if you linked it up at my linky party - Mod Mix Monday at http://www.modvintagelife.com. They just make the room!

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  29. I just hopped over from Simple Details, Love the ikea hack! The green is amazing.

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  30. Great job i would never have thought of that! They look great. Idk what kind of headboard you have in mind but I think a button tufted velvet upholstered one would go nicely.

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    1. Thanks Laura...great idea for the headboard!
      -katie

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    1. coming over from www.bliss-athome.com. Just added you to my reader ;)

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    2. So cool...thanks for stopping by! Love my new readers!
      -Katie

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  32. I featured your nightstands today at Mod Mix Monday on Mod Vintage Life.

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    1. So exciting...thanks for the feature Nita!
      -Katie

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  33. Greatest Malm hack ever!!! Do you mind if I feature this on my blog?

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    1. Sure thing Carmeon...glad you like it!
      -katie

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  34. Love it! I wasn't sure how to go about painting my dresser, but now I know! I will for sure be attempting this in the future! I'll make sure to link it to your blog :)

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    1. Good Luck Jennifer let me know when you post! I cant wait to see!
      -Katie

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  35. oooooh how much i love this!! thank you so much for the inspiration!!! im big on darker mustard yellow right now ...combination with gold... so i see that color for the headboard together with crisp white bedding...some black accent pillows ...love <3 im sure whatever you choose it will look beautiful, Katie!! Blessing, Andrea

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  36. so beautiful! can't wait to try and make something like this! love the colours! :)

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  37. Lillyannette MollerSeptember 7, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Katie,

    I am love with this and will be trying to replicate...I was wondering, did you just free hand the top design or did you cut out a stencil?

    Any suggestions for creating the top design ?

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  38. How long after spray painting gold, did you use the frog tape? I spray painted half an hour ago and am afraid that if i stick the tape on it, gold paint will come off on the tape itself

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  39. Why do you spray paint the top again after taping? The paint on the tape will come off and the rest is covered in green..? Just wondering..
    Amazing dresser though, very art deco. I'm so in love with that style right now :-)
    For the headboard I would go with tufted black velvet.
    - Crista

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  40. Do you remember what size wood you used for the handles?

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Thanks for posting your comments or questions! Do not be fooled, I read every single one and will respond soon!
-Katie