Published on April 14th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Malm 6 Drawer Dresser goes Nautical

Materials: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Drill, Knobs, Furniture Wax

I took a dark brown Malm 6 drawer dresser from modern and plain to full of character and charm. I started by making a template of the drawer front out of some craft paper and marking where I wanted the holes. I went with 5 1/2 inches from each end.

After drilling all of the holes I painted the whole dresser and all of the drawers with some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Napoleonic Blue. This paint is perfect for using on laminate. It sticks to anything. I was even able to distress some of the paint off all around the edges with some fine sandpaper. Afterwards I waxed the whole dresser with Annie Sloan Furniture Wax which gave the whole thing a very hand finished look. The dresser now just has lots more character and doesn’t look like something made in mass production.

See more of the nautical Malm.

~ Heidi Folkerts

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7 Responses to Malm 6 Drawer Dresser goes Nautical

  1. nancy says:

    Hello! new to this site and LOVE IT! I have a full MALM bedroom set in birch veneer color. I have had it for many years and would like to change decor, so I would like to paint it. I am not really interested in chalk paint, is there anything else I could use? I once used metal roof paint for my melamine kitchen cabinets and it works really well and leaves a really high shine, but am not sure if that would work on Ikea MALM furniture? thanks for your help!

  2. Anonymous says:

    did you sand it or prep it in any way before applying the Chalk Paint? How many coats did you have to do to get it to look like this? Thanks!

  3. Conquest 3.0 says:

    Looks good…wouldnt mind seeing my Malm Bed in the same way

  4. Pour Girl says:

    I’ve tried to paint laminate before and it was a nightmare, definitely going to have to check out that chalk paint and finish. Thanks!

  5. Lisa Mende says:

    Love the knobs where did you get those and who makes them?

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