IKEA Malm Dresser Hack (before and after)

I have been busy this month trying to finish up some of the projects on my to do list before school starts. As I was working on my daughters room, I decided to paint her dresser to give it a new look. Her IKEA MALM dresser was very functional but a little boring.
After a little bit of paint, some new knobs and overlays, it looks like a completely different piece of furniture. 

I ordered the overlays from here. There are so many options for different IKEA furniture, you can truly customize your own furniture and make it one of a kind. 

I found the knobs at home depot, I believe I paid about $30 for all 8.

If you want an approximate cost breakdown:

Dresser: $99.99
Overlays: $28.00
Paint: $16.00
Knobs: $30.00
Poly seal: $8.00 

Total: $181.99

Off course I already the dresser from a few years back, so it cost me $82 to refinish the dresser. 

I bought hi-gloss paint with built in primer at home depot, I used a small roller and gave it 2 coats. 
After the paint was dry, I sealed it with two coats of polyurethane, which I also applied with a small roller. 
The next day after my dresser was dry, I measured and drilled my holes and put in my hardware. Afterwards I superglued my overlays on. 

 Have you done any IKEA Hacks lately? Leave a link below, I would love to see your project :)

Thanks for visiting, 


  1. This looks AMAZING! I have the Brimnes wadrobe in my daughter's room and you have inspired me! Fabulous!

  2. I love the shade of turquoise! I can't make out the name or number...

  3. Love what you did! Has this dresser held up well with your kids? I've been looking for new dressers and they all seem so flimsy these days - bottoms falling out, etc.

  4. I've seen a lot of Ikea hacks and this is one of my favorites! So cute and totally glam!

  5. Where is the bedding from so cute!

    1. Thank you, it is from pottery barn teen.

  6. What material are the overlays, and where are they from? Thanks, just a cute transformation!