The other day I shared my husband’s favourite decorating quote from years back. “We aren’t Pottery Barn People. We are Ikea people.”
It doesn’t mean we don’t luuuuuv PB – just that Ikea is what we can afford.
And if you are decorating your home on a budget, then there is always room for a good Ikea hack or two.
Like this cute little IKEA Hack Tarva Dresser with a faux painted linen texture that I created for our Master Bedroom using the Country Chic colours Bliss and Refreshed. It was a quick and easy painting project that turned out better then I had hoped, and I love how it works with the colour scheme we have going on these days in our bedroom.
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Well, today, Porch is featuring my dresser project as part of “5 Bloggers on the Best DIY Home Projects to Tackle this New Year“.
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Now, if you are a regular reader, then you probably know that I have been working on redoing our Master Bedroom using tones of turquoise, mint, and coral so I wanted to bring in some of those colours in this dresser.
Since the shape is so simple and flat, it did not lend itself well to distressing but I wanted to add some interest in the paint. I decided to use a dry brushed technique with Refreshed (mint) over top of Bliss (teal/turquoise) to give the piece some dimension and interest.
We bought this simple little Tarva dresser at IKEA recently and it started out in plain, unfinished pine.
I love how I don’t have to prime bare wood first when using Country Chic paint. Priming is a step I will very happily skip if I can. I started with two coats of my absolutely favourite Country Chic colour, Bliss.
Seriously. I LOVE this colour. I keep having to stop myself from painting EVERY piece of furniture in our house with it.
Once the BLISS was dry, I added a layer of the minty colour called Refreshed over top.
To create the faux linen texture, I dipped my brush in Refreshed, and then cleaned off most of the paint on the edge of the can.
I started by going in one direction with my brush strokes, adding more paint to my brush as needed – but always keeping the brush quite dry.
After I had gone in one direction across the dresser, I went back and dry brushed in the opposite direction, creating almost a woven or linen-like texture to the paint finish.
Done! I think you could achieve a similar look by dry brushing white over top as well, it wouldn’t have to be a minty tone to look great, though I think the contrast is softened because the two colors were fairly similar in tone.
I added some pretty new glass knobs and I think the whole piece is completely transformed. I love how the textured looking paint finish adds so much dimension and interest to a really flat simple dresser design.
My favourite thing about this dresser is how well it works with our new rug….
Remember, today, Porch is featuring my dresser project as part of “5 Bloggers on the Best DIY Home Projects to Tackle this New Year“.
Head over to Porch see what the other four bloggers being featured are sharing as part of their DIY for the New Year!