Fabric Paneled dresser – IKEA Tarva Hack

Ikea tarva makeover with fabric paneled drawers

I created a fabric paneled version of the Ikea Tarva dresser. Here is how I did it.


  • 1″x 2″x 8′- quantity 3. I used furring strips.
  • 1/4″ x 3/4″ screen moulding – need around 40′
  • Burlap – 2 yards
  • New Knobs
  • Spray adhesive
  • Primer, Paint and Poly.
  • Staple Gun
  • Brad nailer

Step 1 – Assemble the 6-drawer Ikea Tarva dresser. I wanted to add more definition to the sides so the drawers were better framed out. I used 1 x 2’s and nailed them to both the sides.

Step 2 – Give a light sanding to the entire dresser. Prime and Paint the entire dresser. Also paint the molding (after cutting to size)

Step 3 – On the drawers, I used silver spray paint and gave a few coats.

Step 4 – Cut burlap fabric to size of the drawer and glue using spray adhesive. The silver paint from behind sparkles through the gaps of the burlap.

ikea tarva makeover drawers

Step 5 – Use screen molding and frame out each of the drawers using 5/8″ brad nails in the staple gun.

Step 6 – Add knobs


fabric panelled tarva dresser makeover

More step by step pictures and details on my blog post.

~ Anika Kumar