Ikea Tarva Dresser Hack

Since our rooms are small, we needed dressers to fit in the closet space. They would be partially hidden but we still wanted them to go with the theme of the house. So we settled on the Ikea dressers Tarva with the idea of staining once assembled. The total dresser was about $160 after buying the dresser, staining, updating hardware, and sealing.

Here is the dresser from Ikea ($99) Width: 31 1/8 ” Depth: 15 3/8 ” Height: 50 ” Image

I chose the Miniwax stain called Dark Walnut (2716). I also used a pre stain wood conditioner. (Although when you are working with Pine, it is still really hard to get an even grain finish.) Here is the color swatch:

Dark Walnut 2716

Last, I chose square knobs about $40 total for all 10 knobs. The knob is similar to this one:


I only did one coat of stain, but 2 would have made it more even-toned. Staining process: Image

Here is the end result:

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I didn’t want a high gloss look at the end so I sealed it with Tung oil.