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DIY Seafoam IKEA Tarva Dresser

March 20, 2013 8 Comments

The official DIY party has started. I’ve been working on little things here and there, but I’m taking on my first big project. Going through the Pinterest cornucopia that is my mind, I decided that I’d be more likely to organize my clothes, make up, and the rest of the stuff in my bedroom if I had better storage. With two small closets in the room, and really only one logical place for the bed, that leaves me with one half-wall in between a closet door and a bathroom door. I would really like to kill two birds with one stone and have this area be my vanity too, so I thought maybe a wide dresser would do the trick! I could hang a mirror above it, display perfume on top of it, you know, all the girly stuff. Here is where IKEA’s super customizeable Tarva dresser comes into play.

Ikea Tarva 6-Drawer Dresser

It fits perfectly against my half-wall and makes my imagination go crazy. When thinking about color, I keep coming back to seafoam. If you don’t already know, seafoam is my favorite color. Call it seafoam, mint, whatever–I love it and its varying shades. I already have a seafoam birdcage jewelry holder that would be too matchy-matchy with a seafoam dresser, but I’m willing to paint the birdcage a different color, that’s how much I want this dresser to be seafoam. I grabbed some coral and cream paint chips in addition to the seafoam (for future projects I have in mind!) from Home Depot and this is how my desk looked for about two weeks:

paintchips
I narrowed down my paint chip colors to BEHR’s Mint Frappe & Aqua Bay using my new Vince Camuto bag as a reference. Mint Frappe leaned more green, while Aqua Bay leaned more blue. To be honest, they’re both gorgeous and I would probably be happy with either one.

paintchips2

I left the two paint chips on my desk for a whole day, to make sure I would like what I saw in different lighting situations. I eventually decided on Aqua Bay because it has a bit more vibrance. The Mint Frappe is beautiful, but Aqua Bay will bring just a tad bit more color into the room (especially when I can’t paint the walls). Now, I’ve been obsessing over this dipped legs trend crawling all over Pinterest so of course I have to indulge in it. And it has to be gold because… just because. Look.

So piggybacking on that, here’s my idea for the dresser:

sketchI haven’t found knobs that I’m crazy about yet, but for now I think I’ll spray paint them gold to match. And when I find the perfect knobs, I can easily switch them out! Currently, I have all of the drawer pieces primed and ready for paint on my living room floor. I’ll be working on the frame this weekend. I’m super excited!

If you’re curious, I’ve been posting random progress photos on Instagram. My username is lookscutethough — feel free to follow me and peek in on the process!

Instagram Progress Photos

What do you guys think?

Mayette

Mayette Villanueva is a California-based natural beauty & style blogger.

8 Comments

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    Pia

    March 21, 2013

    What a great idea. That dresser is going to look so amazing when you are done.
    I love the colour you chose.

    Pia
    pjmscloset.blogspot.ca

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      Mayette

      March 26, 2013

      Thank you, Pia! I knew it had to be Seafoam. 🙂

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    Kisty / The Style Mermaid

    March 22, 2013

    I’m so excited for you and this beautiful dresser! I also love seafoam and all of its varying shades. <3

    Also, I'm so in love with your theme! <3 Liked your page on Facebook. 🙂

    Kisty

    http://kisty.net

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      Mayette

      March 26, 2013

      Right?! I can’t get enough. Thank you for stopping by, Kisty! <3

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    Melissa Klotz

    March 22, 2013

    Good luck! That’s a great project! I had my room painted one of the Behr coral colors, but it was too intense so I had to change it to gray after 6 months.

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      Mayette

      March 26, 2013

      hahaha Coral is tricky! But I can’t hate gray.. it’s so neutral and can be dressed up with accessories. Thank you, Melissa!

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    Trina

    March 26, 2013

    So many corals, I am in love.

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      Mayette

      March 26, 2013

      I’m contemplating painting my Rast hacks coral. :X

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