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Classic Rock Dresser (An Ikea Makeover)

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I updated a plain boring black Ikea dresser with a few custom touches for my son's bedroom.
  • classic rock dresser an ikea makeover, painted furniture

A few years back I saw Bliss Ranch post her Rock N Roll dresser and I fell in love with it. So when my son needed a new dresser I made my own version. I started with a plain black Ikea dresser and removed the bottom skirting for support, replacing with locking casters.
  • classic rock dresser an ikea makeover, painted furniture

I sanded the entire surface with high grit.
  • classic rock dresser an ikea makeover, painted furniture


  • classic rock dresser an ikea makeover, painted furniture


  • classic rock dresser an ikea makeover, painted furniture


  • classic rock dresser an ikea makeover, painted furniture

I then chose the images for each drawer, resized and cleaned up the edges/lines in Adobe PS and cut with Silhouette Studio.
  • classic rock dresser an ikea makeover, painted furniture

I did a light coat of Millstone again over the edges of each stencil.
  • classic rock dresser an ikea makeover, painted furniture

Painted each and removed stencil while the paint was wet.
  • classic rock dresser an ikea makeover, painted furniture

Added leather scraps for handles, some graphite wax and corner accents then sealed the entire dresser with 3 coats of Polyvine Wax Finish.
  • classic rock dresser an ikea makeover, painted furniture


  • classic rock dresser an ikea makeover, painted furniture

To see more: http://jburnscreate.com/the-classic-rock-dresser/

Got a question about this project?

  • Donna
    Donna Mogadore, OH
    on Jan 9, 2016

    Seriously way cool! AWESOME job!!

  • I absolutely love this !!!

  • Charlee Hunter
    Charlee Hunter Grass Lake, MI
    on Feb 8, 2017

    Very cool!!

  • Kristin
    Kristin Bradenton, FL
    on Feb 8, 2017

    I can't get to the link. Anyone else having this prob ?

  • Janet
    Janet Manchester, MD
    on May 6, 2017

    Your project is so great - I love it! Inspires me to start a new piece. I've never used stencils with much success, I need to practice more. What's your secret to getting clean edges? Also, what's the purpose of applying an additional coat of the base paint over the stencil before color?

    • Jen Burns
      Jen Burns Saint Louis, MO
      on May 19, 2017

      That's the reason for the base paint color over the stencil, to get clean lines and no bleed.

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