Published on January 6th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Handsome Hemnes

IKEA Hemnes revamped with wallpaper

Materials: Hemnes 6 Drawer Dresser, raw wood trim, paintable wallpaper

Description: Hemnes are pretty solid pieces of furniture. I’ve had mine for SIX years and it’s still sturdy and perfectly functional. Sometimes their traditional yet modern look is perfect for a room. But I wanted something with a little more character and detail for our spare room. So I hacked!

IKEA Hemnes revamped with wallpaper

I used a coat of Zinsser Cover Stain. Then two coats of paint (Valspar in Rugged Suede). On the drawers is Allen and Roth paintable wallpaper from Lowes. I attached it with light spray adhesive, and the wallpaper needed two coats of paint because it was absoooorbent.

IKEA Hemnes revamped with wallpaper
IKEA Hemnes revamped with wallpaper

Then we attached the molding (that I primed and spray painted white) that we bought from a local woodworking shop with Gorilla super glue (make sure you don’t get the one that dries white). Then I added two coats of this Minwax Polycrylic to the whole piece. Since it’s water based it’s easy to use and clean up. And I used satin finish because I didn’t want this piece too shiny. The Anthro-esque nobs I got off eBay for a lot less cheese than they’re sold for at Anthro.

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~ Leah, SoCal

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Jules Yap

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30 Responses to Handsome Hemnes

  1. lauren n says:

    this looks great! any idea how much it ended up costing to makeover the dresser? thanks

  2. Angeliqua says:

    I too bought the same dresser. I bought it for its almost black colour and its sheer size. I found the drawer knobs very spartan. For the upper 2 small drawers I chose plain brass hexagonal drawer pulls and clear “tomato” crystal knobs for the rest. With 3.5cm brass octagonal backs for both the the drawer pulls and the knobs. My particular Hemnes was built in China and the wood was a liitle soft so I had some glass cut to size to prevent scratching. Between the Hemnes and the glass I added a white crochet doiley of my Great Grandmothers. I Loved your tip of the raised wallpaper it adds an almost Art Nouveau feel to it. I think I’ll use your tip of the raised paintable wallpaper for the side panels and keep the dark chocolate color, and add a slight touch of antique gold or white wax paint on the raised parts when it’s time for a renovation

  3. Jen says:

    Hi! I’m thinking about doing this. Did you cut your own molding and what were the measurements? Thanks!

  4. LK says:

    wow! u r very creative! Tks for sharing!

  5. Lynette says:

    Absolutely love the make over………looks a million $ssssss!!!!!!
    My fingers are just itching to do something so I’ll keep this in mind……thank you for sharing!

  6. E. N. Suarez says:

    this is so beautiful! i’m about to pick up a hemnes used, but it dosen’t seem to have been altered in any way. any tips on painting it?

  7. Kelly says:

    What a great job! Love the wallpaper painted and the molding too! Genius!

  8. Beauty! We’ve had our Hemnes for 9 years and I was just in Ikea today looking at new dressers…they didn’t look as heavy-duty as our Hemnes so I’m searching for ideas to spruce up ours.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Lovely. Original and very tasteful refined creativity. Inspired.

  10. cool home decor says:

    absolutely beautiful. love it!

  11. Anonymous says:

    There is a big issue with the entire Hemnes series. They drill the holes for the slide rails too close to the inside of the posts (which are MDF) and they have a tendency to break out. I had to fix my daughters dresser half a dozen times and I just gave up. I won’t buy Hemnes again because of this design flaw. Went to Ikea to replace it (with Malm) and looked at all the Hemnes there. They are all the same. Bummer…

  12. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately I have the Hopen series and can’t quite see what I can do. Any ideas anyone? It’ll never be as good as yours though! Gorgeous.

  13. Celeste says:

    This is absolutely amazing! A complete makeover of the original – I love it! I definitely want to try something similar with my Ikea book shelves. Thanks for the idea!

  14. mattsmommy says:

    Thanks for the great inspiration! I did this with a non Ikea dresser and it turned out great! Mine is white with pink moulding. Thanks so much for posting and I wanted to give a little credit where credit was due :-)

  15. Michael says:

    This looks awesome!!

  16. riversue says:

    Nice! Love it! Thanks for sharing

  17. Anonymous says:

    I have this EXACT same dresser in my spare bedroom and I was thinking about just painting it white and calling it a day. You have inspired me.

  18. Elizabeth says:

    Beautifully done :]

  19. Anonymous says:

    I used the exact same paintable wallpaper on the back of my billy bookcases.

  20. Amy says:

    Your piece brought me to this site! I have had that same Hemnes dresser for 9 years and I got it out of the “as is” section. I am getting so sick of looking at it and this has given me some inspiration! It’s absolutely beautiful!

  21. Anonymous says:

    really nice!

  22. Ryan says:

    Really great. Well done and congrats.

  23. I agree, this is a great line! I converted my Hemnes into a sturdy cutting table for sewing after five years as a changing table/dresser! Your dresser turned out stunning. Really really beautiful job!

  24. Sing says:

    Wow this is a stunning piece.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Very nice job…love it!

  26. Anonymous says:

    I never post, but this time I can’t resist. This is beautiful!! Thank you for the inspiration

  27. Anonymous says:

    Nice! But I would not say six year is a long time to own a furniture. Maybe a Ikea piece though…

  28. Pudel-design says:

    This is just sooooooooo GORGEOUS!!!
    Nice job!
    Lovely greetings…


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