I knew what I wanted, but couldn’t afford the actual Bernhardt piece that I admired…
So instead, I decided to make my own version with an Ikea Trysil dresser.
I started with purchasing some mid-century modern furniture legs on Etsy to get rid of the office vibe of the legs that came with the piece. I then primed the melamine, filled the original hardware holes and painted the outside and top in Benjamin Moore Soot high gloss. Personally, I like to use Fine Paints of Europe base that is matched to a BM color for high gloss painting. I think it looks a lot better when you are using a brush. It is more expensive ($15 a quart?)…but worth it.
For the pearlized fronts, I first painted the fronts in Art Minds Oyster Paint. And then followed with Martha Stewart Crafts paint in Pearl. I painted about 4 coats, all in a half circle swoop with the brush to make it appear like a half shell. This was about $15 in materials.
The final step was to purchase new hardware from Forge Hardware Studio … another shop I found on Etsy.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.