The Vintage Disneyland Room is slowly coming together, and this is probably my favorite completed project so far. The kids’ room’s design is inspired by the Disneyland attraction posters of the 50s and 60s. To keep with that theme, I decided I wanted to give the furnishings a mid-century modern feel.
We bought this inexpensive (but real wood!) Tarva dresser from Ikea with the idea of sprucing it up a bit:
I searched pinterest for mid-century dressers to inspire me, and loved the look of painting the sides and top, but keeping the drawer fronts wood tone (like this beautiful piece from Dream Green DIY and this one from Wood Bird Design)
We started out by building the entire dresser. In some Ikea hack tutorials, they paint or stain before assembling. It is probably easier to paint a bunch of flat boards rather than an assembled dresser, but we thought the dresser might go together better and more easily before it was painted. The plan was to paint everything a chartreuse semi-gloss, except for the drawers that would be stained, and then add brass pulls.
Here’s the dresser all assembled in our living room corner before we got to staining and painting:
Annnnnd there’s the after. Have I mentioned I really like it?
To get this result, we first needed to fill the pre-drilled knob holes in the drawer fronts. Use a little bit of wood filler in each hole. Use just enough to fill in the hole, and try not to spread it around the hole too much because the filler may not take the stain the same way the wood does. You can see what the filled hole looks like here:
It’s really not too noticeable. After filling and sanding to remove any excess wood filler, we applied two coats of a medium tone stain and two coats of a gloss polyurethane.
Finally, we drilled new holes for the brass pulls we had selected, and then she was all done! Whaddya’ll think?
I can’t wait to show off the completed room! It’s coming along. Just a few more projects to finish up (like those dang quilts…)