dresser

nursery progress & ikea hack DIY

ikea hack - mint dresser- nursery // sarah sherman samuelLast week you might have caught a glimpse at the one wall of the nursery that is finished, over on Mother Mag and I wanted to give you a better look, and share what I did with my dresser issue. It is a simple Ikea hack you’ve seen done a thousand times, but the most important detail is often overlooked. You just have got to do something about those legs!

tarva dresser, DIY ikea hackYou may remember on the dresser I re-worked for the cabin I cut the legs shorter. Well, for this one I kept the length the same but cut them at an angle to create a more elegant profile. It is just one small detail, but it doesn’t cost a thing to do, and it changes the look of the dresser dramatically.

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get the rest of the DIY details and sources after the jump… READ MORE

home progress: dresser found!

vintage dresser, bedroom update // smitten studiovintage dresser, bedroom update // smitten studiovintage dresser, bedroom update // smitten studiovintage dresser, bedroom update // smitten studiovintage dresser, bedroom update // smitten studioMy search for the perfect dresser ended with a big heeeeeell yes! Quality dressers are SO expensive and even not so great quality dressers usually cost more than I wanted to spend and when I find myself in that predicament (which I much too often do) I turned my search to vintage.

I started googling like a crazy person until I found this listing on craigslist and I swear I heard angels sing (well maybe not but I’m sure they were on the verge). We called the craigslister and it turned out that it was from a local vintage shop Sunbeam Vintage. Of course it wasn’t dirt cheap (we got it for $500) but still a lot less expensive then some of the new dressers I was looking at, and I like it EVEN better, so win win! The measurements were perfect, I LOVE the brass detailing and the little wicker inset on the top, and it is in beautiful shape, oh and can we talk about that woodgrain? (hello grogeous walnut!)

So that is all, an entire post dedicated to my new favorite tallboy (move over Rupe). As far as the rest of the bedroom… it is still empty! But hopefully we get to move in soon.

Sources: Dresser (vintage) by Modern by Morris of California from Sunbeam Vintage // Hexagon side table (plant stand) from One Kings Lane, (find similar here) // Jewelry boxes from West Elm // Bracelets from Madewell // Watch by Larsson & Jennings // Ring by K/ller // Candle Holders from West Elm // Art – diy watercolor // Agate Bookends from West Elm // Sheepskin from Ikea // Rug from esalerugs.com (more on that beauty soon, but here’s another preview)

To see the bedroom before, check here
To see all the renovation progress, check here

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

shopping for: a dresser

dresser/chest round-up

Now that we’ve made the space for it, I am on the hunt for the perfect dresser. Here are my top picks from near and far.

Woodwind Chest from Urban Home // Hazel Chest by Arteriors // Case Study Dresser by Modernica // Dawson Chest by Crate and Barrel

dresser/chest round-upUptown Dresser by The Land of Nod // Asher Dresser from Smart Furniture // Cincinnati Cabinet by Organic Modernism // Med-Century Dresser by West Elm (also comes in a wood finish)

cabin progress: bedroom storage

DIY ikea dresser upgrade // smitten studio If  you remember from the bedroom “before” photos, there were initially two sets of identical bunk beds. Each of those bunk beds had a closet at the end. By removing one set of bunk beds (to fit the double bed) we also removed one good sized closet, and replaced it with just the tiny linen closet you see here. This meant less storage, but I has happy to make that compromise for a non-bunk sleeping option.

To add a little extra storage, we hit up Ikea and found this dresser that was the perfect width to fit between the two bedroom doors, it just needed a little something.

ikea dresserIn order to keep the dresser from taking up to much visual space I painted the bulk of it white. I also cut about 2″ off of each leg (I wasn’t loving the proportions) and then painted the base pieces with a metallic gold spray paint. After that I just swapped out the wooden knobs for these brass ones (in the “antique brass” finish).

ikea dresserSometimes all you need is a nice and simple Ikea hack. Have any of you switched up an Ikea piece?

To see all of the previous cabin progress check here.
To see all of the “before” photos check here.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Product guide: Ikea Tarva Chest // Brass knobs from Menards