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Materials: Ikea Malm 3 drawer Chest White

Description: My new home had a closet 36″ wide with nothing in it. I needed shelves and drawers so the 32″ wide Ikea Malm chest of drawers was the perfect thing to start with. I found one on Craigslist that was stained, beat up, and cheap…

I had to disassemble and reassemble the dresser into my closet. I braced it to the wall. I put one 2×4 behind it, and used scraps of 2×4 cut into precise sizes to brace it into the wall with screws.

I bought MDF board (which I later primed and painted) to cover the top. This was the base of my closet.

I used crown molding to hide the braces, and give it a built-in feel.

I put up the rest of the MDF boards in my closet, and used some simple molding. I nailed it into place with my nail gun.

Finally, I caulked the molding and put hardware on the Malm to finish the high-end look of my closet.

~ Matt W, Dallas, TX