Mid Century Modern Dresser DIY

ikea hack mid century modern diy

They say it’s all about the legs. In the case of midcentury modern dressers, it couldn’t be any more true! I’ve always wanted to tackle a Tarva dresser hack, but I’ve always had trouble finding the right legs to fit into the system.  The lumpy rectangular legs are not so pretty and finding legs in the right shape and size can be tricky.  Luckily, Sara found a great resolution to the long standing leg drama and it sure is pretty.   

ikea hack mid century modern diy

For this midcentury modern dresser DIY, I selected Valspar Paint in Bronze Storm and Clark + Kensington Paint in Silent White to give my dresser a two-tone look.  Rather than go with an all white dresser, I added in a neutral and warm tone that brings together vintage with modern perfectly. I really love the tone of Bronze Storm because it works really well as an accent piece, but it’s neutral enough to take center stage.  It’s also a nod to midcentury design as many pieces have bronze or brass fixtures and hues.  

What you need:

Power Sander


Valspar Paint in Bronze Storm and Clark + Kensington Paint in Silent White

Wood Filler

Sprayer + Air Compressor

Chop Saw


Brass Pulls

Tarva Dresser


  1. Fill the holes in the drawer fronts that come pre-drilled for the knobs if you are using your own bar pulls. Allow to dry. 
  2. Assemble the dresser and sand the entire dresser. This will ensure a smooth finish!
  3. Mark with a pencil where you want the cut lines on the legs.  Remove the legs, and using a chop saw cut along the line.  Sand down the legs and put them back on. 
  4. Apply one coat of primer and allow to dry.
  5. Paint sprayers are so much easier to use and leave such a beautiful finish as opposed to a traditional bristle or foam brush. You can still get the job done with traditional brushes, but if you have access to a sprayer then use it!
  6. Measure out holes for new handles, drill holes, and put on the new handles. 
  7. Style and enjoy your new midcentury modern dresser. 

*As with all large furniture, secure your dresser to the wall using the provided mounting system.

Sources: Rug | Lamps

Check out my other DIYS: Lucite Curtain Rod | How to Create a Kids Play Area | How to Install Wallpaper | Slat Bench DIY

ikea hack mid century modern diy
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