Malm Ikea+Dresser+Redo

Published on November 29th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Malm Dresser Up-Do

Materials: Malm 6 Drawer Dresser, chair rail molding, drawer handles, claw feet,

Description: I started with a black/brown Malm 6 drawer dresser.

Knowing I wanted to lift it off the ground with these claw feet, I needed to re-enforce the structure so the particle board wouldn’t shatter. Using 2″ x 2″ “furring strips” from home depot. I made a frame out of the furring strips that I screwed into the inside lining of the bottom of the dresser.

Next, lift the dresser and put the feet under it. Line up the feet, and drive 3″ construction screws through the furring strip frame and down into the feet.

Next, screw a 1″ thick, 3″ wide strip of wood to the front of the dresser just below the bottom drawer- this way you’ll have a flat front to the dresser.

Using chair rail molding, make frames for the drawers, I just used a miter box to make the 45 degree cuts.

Sand, Prime, and Paint the dresser. Then glue or screw on the molding frames you made to the front of the drawers. Add drawer pulls/handles if you like!

~ Alex P, Atlanta, Ga

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Jules Yap

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13 Responses to Malm Dresser Up-Do

  1. Wendy says:

    Thank you for showing the bottom shot demonstrating the re-inforcements you did. Nice work too!

  2. Stacy says:

    I would like to add pulls to my grandsons malm dresser but am nervous about ruining it. Any tips?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Where did you get the pull handle in the new cabinet?

  4. vishalicious says:

    Great job! Did you get regular black paint from Home Depot, or did you have to bring a strip from the Malm to match it?

  5. Hello
    This is fantastic furniture ever seen. Really it adds 5 star to my room. How u got this idea?
    Hope ll see more in future.

  6. Anonymous says:

    “I did hack it when I first bought it. Those nickel handles were from the Ikea kitchen department.”

    I checked the web site and don’t see the old handles you had. I really like those. The Tyda look close, but aren’t rounded on the corners as yours appear to be. Any chance you remember the make/model? Thanks!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Nice Marantz receiver! The dresser is ok too.

  8. what nice idea thanks bro

  9. Thanks guys! I’m glad you liked it- I’m still loving it for sure! It made a big difference in the room.

    I got the feet from an antique warehouse in Atlanta called Paris on Ponce, but I’d also look on and eBay- they have claw furniture feet all the time.

    I did hack it when I first bought it. Those nickel handles were from the Ikea kitchen department.

  10. Michelle says:

    What a difference, looks like a designer piece now. Well done!

  11. Jennifer says:

    This looks great! You must have previously hacked it a bit (based on the second pic), as I don’t think the Malm comes with drawer pulls :)

  12. toff_h says:

    Really beautiful hack!

  13. Anonymous says:

    I really like that, it looks so royal. Where did you get the claw feet?

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