Industrial Style Dresser Makeover Tarva Ikea Hack Inspired

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Welcome to another edition of this Pinterest Challenge! So glad you stopped today because this challenge is really fun; Pinterest inspire all of us so much that we are proud to share our own version of the things we find there.

If you are new to the blog you can find other month challenges like this Scrabble wall art, or these DIY candle holders.

This month my inspiration was this gorgeous dresser Style at Home had in his Pinterest account. I couldn’t find the original tutorial but on every search I did it appeared it was an Ikea Tarva dresser.

Industrial Style Dresser Makeover  Tarva Ikea Hack Inspired

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Things are that I had the perfect dresser to do something similar, no need to go and buy something new. I was so excited that I almost forgot to take a pic of the before, I already had removed the hardware and did some sanding!

Also it was going to be the first time I was going to use my brand new paint sprayer. By the way, within this post I will share some affiliate links for your convenience, you can read my disclosure. I only recommend and share with you things I love and that make my live easier, like my since then beloved HomeRight Finish Max.

If you look at the plug you will notice I have a different extension. Living in Spain right now we don’t use the same power or sockets, but to solve this problem that thing is not enough.

The paint sprayer is designed to be used on 110V and we use here 220V. If I wouldn’t convert that power I will literally burn it, so I bought an autotransformer that made it work perfectly.

For me it’s totally worth the fuss because I used to have a Wagner and was about to throw it through the window so many times! I was NEVER able to paint a single piece of furniture with it, it scattered paint all over and ended up with that ‘orange peel’ efect. My HomeRight leaves such a soft finish, you’ll see some pictures below.

The trick to use a paint sprayer is to have the correct consistency. I diluted paint with water and added some Plaster of Paris to get my own DIY Chalky Paint ready to spray.


I recommend to use a strainer so if there are any lumps they won’t get inside the paint sprayer. Believe me, you don’t want anything to clog it.


This was the first layer of paint and I did it on a blink of the eyes!


I like to cover the floor with a plastic or an old blanket, but as you can see there is no over spraying around the dresser. I tell you it’s amazing!


After two coats I let it dry and used some painter’s tape to add a big white stripe.


Here I used a bit of my DIY homemade chalky paint and used a brush to paint it.


After two coats it looked like this. I also added some caster wheels.


As I have a patience problem I did a stencil with my Silhouette Cameo while the paint was drying again. That machine is amazing too, you can do lots of things with it.

I painted the numbers with white paint and then sealed everything with a coat of varnish.


And here it is!! I added some metallic pulls that go so well with the industrial style.


So simple but I love how it looks.


Another shot of it next to another piece of furniture I madeover too. I hope to share the transformation with you soon, you won’t believe it’s the same!


Indoors you can appreciate the true grey color it has.


Don’t you think it’s gorgeous??


I like the white stripe is off-center, I am slowly turning into a more relaxed and not-looking-for-perfection person.

I hope you liked my Industrial Style Dresser Makeover.

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  1. Lauren | Mom Home Guide says:

    I have the same sprayer but haven’t used it yet because I’ve been intimidated. I also have an old dresser that I’ve been meaning to paint. I’ll have to give your project a try! Yours came out beautifully!

  2. Shirley Wood says:

    It turned out beautiful and I love your color choice. I have an old chest of drawers in the garage which I hope to makeover this spring. I’ll be using my HomeRight paint sprayer too!

  3. Michelle Leslie says:

    Stunning Pili, love, love, love how it turned out. And thanks a mil for the tip on converting the power. We’re also on 220V here in South Africa and there are so many things I’d love to import from the States, but I was never sure how we could make work here, and for some silly reason I had this picture in my head that a transformer is huge 😀 That’s a game changer for me, so thanks for that my friend

    • Pili says:

      My pleasure Michelle, I am so happy to be able to help you with this. The credit for all the wiring is a friend of mine which is an engineer, never in a million year I could have done that. That thing is quite big, maybe 20x10x10 cm but really heavy, so I built a box with a drawer pull to move it all around easily and protect it at the same time

  4. Emily says:

    It really is gorgeous! I love the whole vignette. I recently realized that gray is my favorite color, its the perfect neutral and make other colors pop so well!

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