When we moved to a new house, I had some IKEA furniture for which I no longer had a specific use. The house was bigger, I didn’t have enough furniture for some rooms and I did not want to spend more money.
In addition, I wanted to make furniture for the hall in a more classic style than these IKEA dresser. That’s why I decided to transform my daughter’s old MALM dresser into an chinoiserie entryway dresser.
IKEA items used:
Other materials and tools:
- Wooden moulding
- Mitre saw box
- Contact glue
- Silver and black chalk paints
- Brass handles
- Chinese style door knocker cabinet pull
Chinoiserie MALM dresser
The first thing I did was to clean the dresser thoroughly so that the chalk paint, (which does not need a primer) would grip well on to the formica.
Once clean and dry, I began to cover it with black paint. I put two coats of paint, letting it dry 24 hours after each one.
Next, I cut small strips of bevel wood moulding to put on the drawers and painted them with silver paint. Then I glued them with contact glue forming a rectangle with the strips on the fronts of the drawers.
Finally I painted the handles and the Chinese door knocking cabinet pull in silver (since I only found them in bronze color) and screwed them on the drawers.
And voilá! I finished the dresser!
I was pleasantly surprised by how the dresser turned out and what little time it took me: about three days taking into account the two days of drying the paint.
All in all it wasn’t too expensive.
The mouldings came up to a total of 3€, the handles cost me about the same amount as the mouldings and the Chinese door knocker cabinet pulls 13€ in Amazon.
Of course, I already owned the MALM dresser.
Now, my new entryway cabinet looks wonderful and it’s just like I imagined.
I decorated the entrance in silver and this is what it looks like now. I hope you like it!
~ by Begoña, Madrid, Spain