Today, I am sharing how we added a DIY Plank Top to an IKEA Dresser
I’m pretty sure that I have
complained mentioned before that it’s cold here in the Philadelphia Country Side a lot of the year. And on top of that, it’s always windy, making it feel even colder. This means I need a lot of sweaters. So many that I actually needed to go out and buy a dresser just to hold all the sweaters that I now own!
I didn’t want to spend a fortune on a new dresser, so I picked up this inexpensive Ikea dresser to use.
So, because I like plank top furniture and it’s pretty popular, adding it to an existing piece seemed like a simple enough project. So that’s what we did.
It only took a few easy steps:
- We bought three 5 1/2 wide pine planks from Lowe’s. We had them cut to the length we needed so they overlapped the edges of the dresser top by about a 1/2 inch on the front and sides.
- We lightly sanded the boards and then glued them together with wood glue. After clamping them together, they only need 30 minutes to dry.
- Because we were not going to drill the plank onto the dresser, my husband added a bit of a lip on the underside ends to prevent any sliding around (optional). If you have kids, you may want to glue or screw it down.
- I stained the new top with 2 coats of Minwax Stain & Polyurethane (all on one) in Mission Oak. The can says to use a natural bristle brush, but I used a staining sponge.
- While the stain was drying I painted the dresser white with chalk paint (but you can use any kind of paint) and changed the drawer pulls (I bought these at Anthropologie)
- Lastly, we just placed the plank top on the dresser.
That’s it y’all!
A quick and thrifty makeover by Adding a Plank Top to an IKEA Dresser.