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Ikea Tarva Hack

Do you love the look of all West Elm Mid Century Modern furniture? Um yes please, deliver that to my house and charge the neighbor! I jest. Kinda. Instead of buying this nightstand (left) for $330, why not make this Ikea Tarva Hack (right) for $45?

Eh eh? You know you want it. And it’s easy! Read more after the jump.

Instead of spending all my mula on one item, I’ve put on my DIY hat and took an Ikea pine nightstand and easily turned it into the most gorgeous piece of furniture in our bedroom! (For posing purposes, it iiiis in the guest room, bear with me. You don’t want to see the whole master right now…)

Materials Needed for Ikea Tarva Hack

Ikea Tarva Nightstand

White Paint

Dark Walnut Stain

Drawer knob

Tools

Stain brush

High density foam roller

Miter Saw

Step One:

Remove the legs from the package and arrange as if they were being mounted, with the correct sides facing in and lay the coinciding flat peace that mounts just above the legs.  Next, measure half the width at the bottom of the leg and mark. Then draw a line at an angle up to where the flat piece meets the leg. Then cut along that angle with your miter saw. Here is a wonderfully ‘specific’ drawing of what I mean…

angle-measurement

Ikea Tarva Hack that looks right out of West Elm

Step Two:

Stain the legs and bottom rectangle pieces with 2-3 coats of Dark Walnut. Paint the remaining pieces, both sides, with 2 coats of white paint.
Ikea Tarva Hack that looks right out of West Elm

Ikea Tarva Hack that looks right out of West Elm Ikea Tarva Hack that looks right out of West Elm

Step Three:

Assemble and add your knob!

Woohoo! You’ve just save yourself a $290+ and have a stunning piece of new furniture!
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Ikea Tarva Hack that looks right out of West Elm
Here are the other DIY’s in this room: Headboard + Ombre Wall.
Ikea Tarva Hack that looks right out of West Elm

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6 Comments

  • Reply Kirsten

    Love this! I’m wondering- do you think that the tarva’s unassembled pieces would allow you to put the body together upside down? Like so the drawer is on the top and the cavity is on the bottom, such as the inspiration photo? I imagine some retrofitting would need to happen (drawer tracks would need to be flipped/moved, for sure), but I’m wondering if you think it would work.

    November 4, 2016 at 1:09 pm
    • Reply Petite Modern Life

      THAT is a great question ;) Off the top of my head I don’t know! I actually have one more to assemble, and then I could find out :)

      November 8, 2016 at 7:23 pm
  • Reply Rachael

    I love this!! I was wondering what angle did you use/ how to cute the legs of the nightstand? I have done a lot of DIY just never this before.

    November 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm
    • Reply Petite Modern Life

      Hi Rachael! You know, I didn’t write down the angle. (face palm) I tried to convey with my terrible sketch how we chose the angle as best we could? Sorry that’s not much help!

      November 8, 2016 at 7:27 pm
  • Reply Rachael

    I was wondering what angle you used/ how to cute the legs of the nightstand!

    November 8, 2016 at 7:03 pm
  • Reply Petite Modern Life - Neutral Calm Master Bedroom - Petite Modern Life

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