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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