Published on January 5th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Dotted Malm

Materials: Malm, paint roller, paint, dots stickers, lacquer

Description: We own quite old Malm chest of drawers and I was still not able to find a suitable place for it in our new house. At the end I decided to place it in children’s room but with it’s original ‘clothing’ seemed to be a bit boring. So space for pimping up.

After gentle sanding, I painted it with paint roller in 3 layers and after drying I started with applying dots. I prepared a pattern to help me to apply dots more or less regularly. After I managed to stick 520 dots, I painted it with a protective coat of transparent lacquer.

~ Eva, Slovakia

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

4 Responses to Dotted Malm

  1. Anonymous says:

    I consider the “pattern tool ” and its way of use a very inspirative :-D

  2. Anonymous says:

    Fatastic, so inspirative idea for a children room, I´ll definitely use it in my next project! Eva Ť.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jules,
    I like the paint jobs many of the posts here show, but maybe it would be better to make an “ikeapainter” category out of them. It would make it more obvious if the hack is a paint job or a real hack.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Lovely and wonderful idea :-)

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