IKEA Tarva 6 Drawer Dresser Hack

Hey hey hey! Happy Sunday! Hope you all are enjoying your day and thanks for stopping by! I’m so excited about this recent DIY. I hope it will inspire you!

I didn’t intend to share this hack on my blog because it’s very similar to the IKEA Rasta hack I just did. Some of y’all are really curious though and want to see the Tarva hack. So I’m going to share a few tips and photos!

I had so much fun with my router during the first hack that I knew I wanted to use it again! I love how you can make one large drawer look like several drawers without losing the space of a large drawer. So to see the process of using a router and making fake drawers checkout my last IKEA hack!

My husband and I needed a dresser and I love the fact that IKEA sells unfinished furniture so you can make it your own! I wanted to make our new dresser look different from our nightstands but also similar in a way. Just give it it’s own personality!

I was inspired by Allison’s IKEA Tarva hack. I wanted to do something similar to hers but also different because I don’t like to copy people! You can checkout Allison’s hack from her Instagram account @ahouseandadog! Her feed is full of so much inspiration! One of my favorite accounts to follow! You can also checkout her blog here and click here for the direct link to her IKEA Tarva hack.

The dressers she used were the 3 drawer Tarva dressers. I did choose the same black pulls. You guys have to checkout this hardware company! They’re called D. Lawless Hardware. Really nice quality hardware for a great price! Which is super nice when you’re trying to buy tons of knobs/pulls! It is an extra $10 for shipping (or more depending on how much hardware you’re purchasing) but it doesn’t matter too much when you’re paying about $2 per pull.

Keep in mind this dresser is a piece of work! It took me about 3 hours to put it together (I did watch a little tv with the hubby while I put it together… so it took a little longer). All in all it was worth the time because it’s a really nice dresser and has the smooth slides for the drawers.

Once the dresser was put together I took the fronts off all of the drawers and measured them. I figured out how wide they were and marked a line right down the middle to create the 2 drawer effect.

Used my router with my V shaped bit and made a line over my pencil line (see my IKEA Rasta hack). Once all my lines were made I stained all the fronts and the entire dresser with Minwax “Special Walnut.” I love that color! I wanted it a little darker though so I did about 3 coats.

Once dried I put all the fronts back on and put the drawers back in. Added the hardware and bam! All done.

There’s really no perfect way to get the handles on. I got my first one perfectly centered in a square and then measured around it to get all the measurements. Marked lines with a pencil on all my other squares and drilled all my holes.

One thing I should mention! You don’t need to fill the previous IKEA holes. If you purchase pulls similar to mine they will just cover the old holes.

There you have it! It really is a simple DIY and gives your space a whole new look! You could totally use this dresser as an entryway table or console too. If you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask!


Don’t forget to share your IKEA hacks with me! I’d love to see your spin on the Tarva dresser or just any fun IKEA hack you created. Tag me on Instagram! @mydivinehome

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See you next time!


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