How to Add a Plank Top to an Ikea Dresser

Adding a Plank Top to an IKEA Dresser

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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.

imageIt’s a great dresser for the price, but it needed a makeover! Something needed to be done to spruce it up… I mean, you can’t very well stick it in a room looking like that!

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.

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It only took a few easy steps:

  1. 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.
  2. We lightly sanded the boards and then glued them together with wood glue. After clamping them together, they only need 30 minutes to dry.
  3. 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. image
  4. 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. image
  5. 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)
  6.  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.

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How to Add a Plank Top to an Ikea Dresser

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51 thoughts on “Adding a Plank Top to an IKEA Dresser

    1. Awe, thanks so much Katherine! It’s so sweet of you to stop by! I don’t always have something new to share, but when I do, I love joining your party!

    1. Hi Suzy! Thanks so much! Sorry it took me so long to get back with you about the paint color but I had to find where I had put the lid! Anyway, it’s Geyser by Martha Stewart and I got it at Home Depot :)

  1. Hi Karen … Love how you used planks to change the look of this dresser. I used some old weather-worn boards to plank the top of my potting bench. Love it and will be doing a harvest table soon. Thanks for your tutorial.
    Joining Something to talk about party. Thanks for hosting. Looks like a lot of fun.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures
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    1. Thanks Audrey! I have a potting bench to redo this Spring also! I am so happy you are joining the party and look forward to seeing you each week :)

    1. Thanks Audra! I have actually been doubting that paint color because it’s kind of dark, but your compliment makes me feel better about it :)
      Thanks so much for stopping by!
      K

    1. Thanks Coco! I actually bought the sponge before reading the instructions…so I just went with it. I worked pretty well :)
      Have a great weekend!
      K

  2. Hi Karen, wow that is such a genious hack….you are so talented….wowsers!!!! Love your bedroom. By The Way thanks for leaving me some sweet comment luv on our Easter Bunny Impostors!!!! xoxoxo Chrisitne from Little Brags

    1. Thank you so much Kris! I always appreciate you taking the time to come by from your beautiful blog to leave such kind compliments!
      Have a great weekend!
      K

  3. Hey Karen, what a huge transformation! It turned out beautiful, with a lovely handmade quality. I love how serene your bedroom space is. I’m sorry you have so much cold weather. I’m near the coast of Virginia and we have all four seasons. It’s weird how different it is just a few states away! Stay warm.
    xo Sally
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    1. Thanks Sally! We moved here from central VA and my husband “sold” it to me by saying the weather was the same…it’s not! We do have four seasons but 3 of them are just really, really short! lol!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!
      K

  4. WOW. You did it again!! I like older furniture too and it has to be inexpensive cuz I’m always changing my mind or moving to a new house. I would never think to start out with a new piece. It’s beautiful and it’s a fresh new great idea. Love it

  5. Karen, I love it! What a great idea for taking a basic piece of furniture and making it look high-end. I am swooning over the gorgeous mix of colors you have in that room–the natural tone of the wood, the creamy white, and that beautiful blue. Lovely!
    Mimi – 247 Mulberry Lane recently posted…To Whom It May ConcernMy Profile

    1. Thank you so much Mimi! I use white because it’s cloudy here ALOT and I think it helps reflect some light. I am still not sure about the darker wall color but don’t look forward to repainting it!
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting :)
      Have a great weekend!
      K

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