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Published on October 22nd, 2013 | by Christal


The KEY to a dressed up Malm dresser




This is actually a Malm dresser I had hacked before with some Mod Podge and fabric. Unsatisfied with how it worked in my bedroom space, I tried to make it look a little more grown up, while keeping it a strong and unique feature piece. Here’s what I did:

1) To prep: Sanded down and primed the dresser and drawers.

2) To paint: Applied 3-4 coats of acrylic paint color “Harvest Pumpkin Orange.”

3) To decorate: Used 3M blue painter’s tape to create crisp border lines on the drawers’ faces. I used a thicker consistency acrylic paint called Liquitex BASICS in Black.


4) To seal: I used Mod Podge to seal the acrylic paints.

5) KEY feature: I found these great over sized keys from Michael’s that I wanted to buy, but didn’t know how to use them. Luckily, this project gave me a chance! I painted the keys black using the same paint I used on the drawers. I picked 3 different pairs of antiquated styles.


6) Final finish: I applied the keys where drawer handles would normally be using E600 glue.

Super happy with the final product! I think this is a great and simple way to showcase a collection of knick knacks or small items while dressing up your Malm dresser.

See more of the Malm dresser.

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Entrance hall wardrobe

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One Response to The KEY to a dressed up Malm dresser

  1. Maria says:

    I love it! Great hack. The keys are amazing :)

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