I shared my master bedroom reveal with you guys… ohh… last year sometime, and then I promised I’d share the tutorial on my dresser, and since I keep my promises… from 2015 (shhh) I am here today to share it with you. This dresser is probably the MOST asked about post in the history of this blog and I’m not really sure why it’s taken me so long to write this post… 3 kids perhaps? Yes! Let’s go with that!
Who’s ready to learn how to stain an Ikea Tarva Dresser?
I have to admit, I didn’t take pictures throughout the process, mainly because I didn’t know people would be so interested in how I stained this Ikea Tarva dresser, and also because it’s super easy, but I’m going to walk you through the steps I took so you can recreate this look! Just one little side note, Ikea’s wood does vary, so the coloring might be slightly different.
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How to Stain an Ikea Tarva Dresser
- Start by removing all the drawers and making sure their aren’t any rough spots in the wood. My dresser was pretty smooth so there wasn’t a need for sanding it, but feel free to sand it before you get started if you want.
- Wipe the dresser down with a damp cloth to remove any dust or dirt and let dry completely
- Apply the Minwax Special Walnut Stain with a lint free rag wiping off any excess as you go, then let dry.
- Apply a 2nd coat if you desire a deeper color, and let dry completely
- Apply 2 coats of shellac following the manufacturer’s instructions. I know some people aren’t familiar with shellac and often ask why I don’t use polyurethane or polyacrylic. It’s really just a personal preference. I prefer the look of shellac, and it dries in about 30 minutes which is a win for me!
- Add hardware. I did have to drill an additional hole for each cup pull I used because it came standard with knobs. Just make sure you drill any holes level and then attach your new hardware. I ended up using the same cup pulls that I used on my Ikea Nightstand.
If you end up staining your Ikea Tarva dresser, I’d love to see the pictures! Just tag #cherishedbliss on instagram so I can find it easily!
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