3 Ikea Tarva Dressers into 1 Shaker style dresser


Materials: TARVA dresser x 3

Here’s what I did:

  1. Used a chop saw to cut off the bottom of the skinny 2×2 legs (before assembling dresser) and replaced them with 4×4′s cut to 4″ high.
  2. Filled the dresser handle holds with wood filler and sanded to remove essentially the existing hole from the drawer fronts
  3. Used firring strips to frame out the front of each drawer to make it look “shaker” style. I installed them using wood glue and a brad nailer
  4. Used a 1×2 piece of pine to connect the dressers in the front & back, attached them with a brad nailer.
  5. Built a top that went the length of the 3 dressers so that it made them one unit.
  6. Filled all nail holes with wood filler and lightly sanded with 120 grit.
  7. Used Minwax Dark walnut stain to stain everything but the drawers and sealed it with a satin polyurethane.
  8. Made a cardboard template (tutorial for leather drawer pulls coming soon) and drilled holes for new leather pulls.
  9. Painted the drawer fronts all white.
  10. Installed leather pulls with carriage bolts and wing nuts
  11. Unpacked all my clothes and put them in my new fancy pants dresser!

close-up-handles dresser2

See more of the Shaker style Tarva dresser.

Jules Yap