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IKEA Malm Makeover
I have been searching high and low for the Ikea Malm dressers on Craigslist. I wanted dressers to use for nightstands in our bedroom so that we had more storage. I had previously bought these amazing dressers on craigslist but then discovered they are Original Conant Ball Stamped Dressers. I wanted to paint them but when I found out what they were I knew it would be a huge sin if I touched them. I was back to the drawing board and I liked the idea of making over the Ikea Malm dressers because I liked their size and had seen lots of hacks online. My inspiration for this Ikea Malm hack was from one of my favorite bloggers, Amy from Homey oh my! I originally wanted to replicate it with the same colors and detail but I decided to add a few of my own touches to the project.

It was a fairly simple project and I was so excited when I scored these dressers on Craigslist for $5 each!

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  • How to make a bedside table. Ikea Malm Makeover - Step 1
    Step 1

    My $5 Dressers beforehand!

  • How to make a bedside table. Ikea Malm Makeover - Step 2
    Step 2

    To start I needed to prime the dressers and I used Zinsser Bulls Eye 2 Multi-Purpose Primer and Sealer. This primer is great especially for laminate furniture...which is almost all of IKEA. :)

  • How to make a bedside table. Ikea Malm Makeover - Step 3
    Step 3

    I let the dressers dry over night and then I began paint them. I wanted to go bold with the dressers. I chose the color Indigo Streamer by Valspar. I painted the dressers with 4 inch foam rollers and used a brush in areas that were hard to reach with the roller. The dressers needed three coats of paint since the blue is a fairly bright color. After the second coat it was pretty close to complete coverage, but as you can see below, it needed a few touch up spots here and there.

  • How to make a bedside table. Ikea Malm Makeover - Step 4
    Step 4

    After all the coats of paint dried I applied 2 coats of polyurethane on the tops of the dressers to protect from scratches and spills. I then added handles, L brackets and put drawer liners in to clean it up and give it a prettier look. Then you're done! For more info on this project please head on over to my blog! :)

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