DIY Faux Card Catalog

7 Materials
4 Hours

I took a plain old IKEA Tarva dresser and turned it into an adorable faux card catalog for my son's nursery. This project was SO quick and simple, and the end result is gorgeous - you'd never know it was a cheap IKEA dresser before! If you love this project, you can find more easy and affordable DIY ideas on my blog, Love & Renovations.
I started off with a plain IKEA Tarva dresser (image via IKEA).
The first step is to paint the dresser. I painted everything except for the legs and the base pieces. Note that for the drawer fronts, I only painted the parts that would be visible after adding the faux drawer fronts - I was attaching the faux drawers with wood, which will stick much better to raw wood than it will to paint.

I also stained the base and legs of the dresser, then I assembled everything except the drawers.
To create the faux drawers for the card catalog, I took a piece of 1/4" plywood and cut out twenty-four 6.75″x3.75″ rectangles.
I stained each of the drawer fronts to be the same color as the base of the dresser, and allowed it to fully dry before attaching it.
Then, I took each of the faux drawer fronts and used wood glue to attach them to the drawer fronts (see the full blog post for a look at the technique I used).
Finally, I added faux card catalog hardware to each of the drawer fronts, then I assembled the drawers and the dresser was complete! For more details on this project and the sources for everything listed, check out the full blog post.
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
30 Ways To Use Old Jeans For Brilliant Craft Ideas
20 Easy Concrete Projects You Absolutely CAN Do!
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
31 Super Cute & Easy DIY Ideas For Your Kitchen
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
13 Spectacular Ways To Display Your House Number
30 Ways To Use Old Jeans For Brilliant Craft Ideas
Gardeners: Copy These 28 Stunning Ways To Display Your Plants
21 Totally Terrific Things You Can Do With Doilies
15 Kitchen Updates Under $20
15 Gorgeous Bohemian Inspired Decor Items To Make For Yourself
11 Unexpected Ways to Use Spices in Your Home
16 Ways to Showcase Your Herb Garden
15 Quick and Easy Gift Ideas Using Buttons
Love & Renovations

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

3 of 5 questions
  • Dorothy Sittler
    on Sep 11, 2018

    Are you not referring to baby cards?

  • Jerri
    on Feb 2, 2019

    Nicely done! I love the card catalog look. In fact I just bought a dresser I plan on giving this look to. I looked at the same hardware on amazon. I’m wondering about it’s quality. Can you share your thoughts please?

    • Jerri
      on Feb 3, 2019

      Thank you so much. Do you have to have a wholesale license? How fast is shipping? I’ve been tempted to order from Alibaba before but thought it was just for wholesale and large quantities. Is it safe and secure? Thanks for sharing your experience and knowledge. I appreciate it!

  • Sarah Roberts
    on Aug 10, 2019

    Where did you get the small “faux” drawer fronts?

    • Juanita
      on Aug 11, 2019

      She cut pieces of plywood and glued them on the drawer fronts

Join the conversation

2 of 53 comments
Your comment...