Wednesday, January 28, 2009
temporary makeover of cheap Ikea drawers
You may recognize those "malm" drawers from IKEA. We really needed side tables that didn't show all the crap we have next to our beds... but we don't have lots of money (my husband is in school), so we opted for these drawers because they were affordable, and I know that I can one day transform them into something much cuter...
The temporary fix... I will explain what I really plan on doing, when I have the time, money, and energy: I want to get thin molding and create a smaller rectangle within the rectangle of each drawer. I will paint the molding bright yellow. Within the smaller rectangle (created by the yellow molding) I will do some type of simple design (not too complicated because of the bedding being so busy).
This photo is a washed out close-up of the tape and "ball chain."
The Materials: painter's tape, a paintbrush, and paint!
1. put the tape along the top edge of each drawer.
2. If any part sticks up higher than the drawer, then press it down. On the ends, fold it around the back and press down.
3. You can free hand the painted design or pre-draw it. Paint a couple layers, unless the color of the tape is light and doesn't effect the paint color.
4.You now have a finished temporary re-do! When you get sick of it, you can just take the tape off! If for some reason the painter's tape leaves a residue, use goo-gone. (The tape shouldn't leave a residue though, because Painter's masking tape is less sticky.)