Category: Furniture Before and After

Ikea Malm Before and After

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In my last post, I showed you the results of a master bedroom makeover. My clients had an existing Ikea Malm dresser that they wanted to keep; it was great storage, but not very stylish. So I decided to give it a makeover and I wanted to take you through the steps for achieving this look.

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First I roughed up the dresser’s slick finish with an 80-grit sanding block, which allows the primer to adhere better. I removed all the drawers, covered the edges with painter’s tape, and gave the piece one coat of Zinsser primer. Next I added two coats of Benjamin Moore’s Glacial Till, a light putty color.

I bought 3/4″ panel molding from Lowe’s, and I expected to be able to have it cut down in store. Unfortunately they were only able to do straight 90-degree cuts, and I was looking for a 45-degree miter cut. I was about to rent a (gigantic!) table saw from Home Depot, but luckily the helpful employees at the Marina Del Rey location offered to cut the molding for me. Phew!

I attached the molding with brad nails and used a Phillips-head screwdriver and a hammer to sink the nails a bit below the surface. I filled the nail holes and the mitered joints with wood putty. Then I taped off the panels, gave them a coat of primer and two coats of paint. I could have attached the molding before I painted to save time, but I was able to achieve a smoother surface by painting the drawer fronts on their own first. The last step was to attach the hardware. Just drill pilot holes and then attach the handles with screws.

In the end, the dresser has a much more sophisticated and distinctive look, and the design gels with everything else in the bedroom.

 

In my last post, I showed you the results of a master bedroom makeover. My clients had an existing Ikea Malm dresser tha...

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The Settee Reveal

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My Victorian settee is ready for its final reveal! The original piece was in a sad state, with lopsided springs and worn upholstery. I wanted to give the settee a fresh identity, so I chose an off-white fabric with embroidered black tufts. I love that this fabric is a bit irregular and freeform because it provides a nice contrast to the settee’s formal frame. Here is a close-up of the upholstery:

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Springs are much higher quality than foam padding, but they are also more expensive to replace. Luckily, loose and lopsided springs can often be repaired; they are simply retied in tight, orderly coils. One more reason to appreciate the excellent craftsmanship of antiques! This settee’s springs were able to be retied, and now it has an even, comfortable seat once again.

The high contrast between the new off-white upholstery and the dark wood stain accentuates the frame’s intricate detail. I especially love the serpentine carving along the top edge of the frame back. I hope you all enjoy the finished piece!

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My Victorian settee is ready for its final reveal! The original piece was in a sad state, with lopsided springs and worn...

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