IKEA Hack: Turn A Tarva Dresser Into An Apothecary-Style TV Cabinet

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We're stationed in Germany and finding American style furniture at a reasonable price is not an easy thing to do. We decided to buy an inexpensive Tarva IKEA dresser for 149 and repurpose it into a TV cabinet.
We built up the dresser using furring strips and 1x2's. I painted the base with a mixture of Annie Sloan's Duck Egg Blue and Old White. After distressing, I used an espresso stain in some areas and then waxed. We added caster wheels to the bottom.
IKEA Tarva Dresser. We kept the top two drawers and then combined the bottom two drawers to make doors and installed shelves so that we could store the dvd player, printer and other media equipment.
We bulked up the base and the top using inexpensive wood.
I cut thin squares and nailed and glued to drawer fronts to mimic apothecary drawers.
I painted the fronts before attaching.
We added a solid wood top and stain it an espresso color.
I ordered library pulls for $0.60 each from D. Lawless Hardware. Great price and they offer a military discount! Win, Win!
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  • Debbie in Atlanta
    Debbie in Atlanta
    on Jul 3, 2019

    How did you combine the drawer fronts to make doors? And how did/what kind of hinges did you use to attach?

    • Blume Simply
      Blume Simply
      on Jul 4, 2019

      The bottom two drawer fronts on each side were connected using thin furring strips on the backside. We bought the hinges at Ikea, just normal cabinet hinges and attached them to the door and the cabinet.

  • Sheila
    on Aug 10, 2019

    Is there a picture os the finished product?

    • Blume Simply
      Blume Simply
      on Aug 11, 2019

      The first picture on this post is of the finished product. The picture at the very top.

  • IHJ
    on Apr 1, 2020

    what size are the squares you cut? (for the drawers/ cabinets)

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