3 Easy Steps for Painting Dressers

March 12, 2020





An easy way to pull together a room design is pulling a color from your wallpaper or the accent wall color and painting it on one of your furniture pieces within the room! We just did this in one of our bedrooms to the IKEA Hemnes dresser. Sharing the 3 easy steps for painting a dresser to last.



ikea dresser hack

We painted a dark blue accent wall in the boys bedroom with Pratt and Lambert’s “Heron.” We needed an extra dresser for Rocco to put in the closet, and purchased the IKEA Hemnes dresser. If we are being honest, Gabe assembled this one and said it was much more challenging to assemble than the previous IKEA pieces we have done recently. It’s an amazing size for the price though, with spacious lined drawers, so we know we will get a lot of use out of it.

blue paint color - bedroom design
We took this wall color “Heron” by Pratt and Lambert to paint the dresser.
The dresser fit perfectly in the closet. Since we are moving, it was a much more efficient option than built ins.

Whether you want a tone on tone look or if the furniture piece is sitting on the opposite side of the room, painting it the same hue as your accent wall or a color from your wallpaper pattern can tie things together in an easy way! Painting was the easy part:

  1. Prime your furniture piece.
  2. Once your furniture piece is primed and dry, paint with color of choice.
  3. Once the paint has dried, use a minwax clear polyurethane to prevent any chipping. That’s it!
clothes organization - IKEA Hemnes

That’s it! I’ve been trying to out the simple roll fold method to make it easy for the boys to find things, and hopefully (BIG hopefully there) learn to roll and fold themselves.

Just distracting myself over here with house projects in hopes to not go crazy with being somewhat homebound! Next thing you know I’ll be re-designing the same rooms. Help.

P.S. 3 Step Poster Hanger Tutorial here.

Leave a Comment

  • This is a great tutorial! Does it matter what color Hemnes you get if you are painting over it? We might be getting a black one on Craigslist and I’m curious if it will be a hassle and we should just buy one in a more neutral color from IKEA.

    • Gabe Liesemeyer

      I Isabel, I am sorry this is getting to you so late. I wouldn’t worry if the color is black because I would highly recommend you apply a layer of quality primer to the dresser before painting it the finished color. Because you will be using a primer, the original paint color will not matter much.

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