Meet our reimagined Ikea Tarva

In our blitzkrieg of a trip to Ikea, we ended up with a lot of furniture. But not enough furniture. Since that trip, we have had two more deliveries from Ikea (dressers and wall shelf), one from Overstock (rug), and one from Joss & Main (rug). We are expecting deliveries from Home Depot (outdoor furniture), Crate & Barrel (storage shelf) and Home Decorators (cart). We also bought four pieces of furniture at the antique mall and have taken numerous trips to Target. And we still *need* storage in the dining room and a rug in the family room and something to fill the dance floor in the living room.

Sigh. This is a big house without the built-in storage solutions of the condo. I miss you, condo! But I love you, house!

Ok, as you may know, our new bedroom is ginormous. I mean, big. Really big. Currrently, we have a king size bed, two small bedside tables, two dressers and a big antique shelving thing. And we could still fit a lot more. What do I mean by more? Like, maybe a bench for the foot of the bed, a fainting couch and a table. There’s a lot of room.

Kate, get to the point. Ok, so one of the two dressers in the space came from Ikea. And it came looking like this (after it was painstakingly assembled by AO):

Unfinished wood

Tarva: unfinished wood

Clearly, it could not stay looking like this. While some may say I should have spent Sunday doing a million of the other projects that need to be done, I couldn’t look at this unfinished dresser for one more second. So, with this and this as my inspiration, I headed across the street to Sherwin Williams and returned with four quarts of high gloss paint in four different colors. A few hours later, we had this:



That bottom drawer is way more yellow than orange, but you get the idea. I’ve been really obsessed with yellow lately, but I’m trying to be careful not to overdo it so that it still pops. What do you think? Yes, I realize I still need pulls. Cut me some slack, would you?


7 Responses to “Meet our reimagined Ikea Tarva”

  1. 1 Tammy May 27, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Very nice! Great job!

  2. 2 Jane Roe May 27, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    It looks great. Well done!

  3. 3 Kristin May 27, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Looks so great!

  4. 4 kateandgracie May 27, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Thanks, everyone! I’m pretty happy with it. Now, we just need to paint this other shelving thing in the room as well as the walls in pretty much every room but the bedroom. And the bathrooms. The guy we bought it from had the master bed and the 3 baths painted grey (I’m not sure if they’re all the same or not), which I love, but the rest of the house is beige-y taupe. I know lots of peeps like beige-y taupe, but I am not one of them.

  5. 5 evabellydance May 28, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    I love the heck out of it! IT POPS but not in a OMG LOOK AT ME way it’s more of a “Hey! Fun! I haz!”

    (Kayt here)

  6. 6 kateandgracie May 29, 2014 at 2:25 pm


  7. 7 Stephanie June 27, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    LOVE! Just catching up here 🙂

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