Ombre DIY: Dresser From IKEA

June 7, 2012

Hello friends! In February I talked about the ombre trend (here) and now in June I still find myself really loving it. That is why when this image arrived in my inbox I couldn’t resist posting it.

Ombre DIY: Dresser From IKEA

I love this! And the best part about this look is that all you need is a dresser and some paint – pretty easy to come by and in most cases, this can be an affordable DIY project. IKEA Livet Hemma in Sweden recently painted TARVA, their new dresser, in tones of apricot and I love it. The color scale from powdery pink to saturated coral makes it an instant eye-catcher!

The easiest way to get the colors right is to simply work off of a paint card at the home store and buy the shades on it in the color that you like the most and paint them in the exact order on your dresser drawers as they appear on the card, from lightest (on the top) to darkest (on the bottom). If the colors seem too light from one shade to the next, skip and paint every other shade on the card instead for more intensity.

Would you try this at home? I would in a red hot second!

(photo: Patric Johansson)


  • Reply Silvia June 7, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Ohhh, ! the colors , in tones of apricot and I love it too!

  • Reply Claudia June 7, 2012 at 1:14 am

    I have been wanting to paint my son’s plain dresser in ombre tones for months and things keep getting in the way – I’m envisioning teals/aquas for his room ;D

  • Reply Angie June 7, 2012 at 1:15 am

    oh I love it! it looks awesome *.*

  • Reply dustjacket June 7, 2012 at 1:54 am

    I love this, the shadings are perfect.

  • Reply Chrystina June 7, 2012 at 4:44 am

    I was trying to decide if you could buy one color and then white paint and just dilute it as you paint up. Either way, love the concept, and love paint samples.

  • Reply Catherine Bedson June 7, 2012 at 5:53 am

    I have just discovered the ombre look..daughter bought a beautiful blue & white ombre shirt from Zara and I noticed some gorgeous ombre ballet flats on the anthro website..LOVE!!!

  • Reply Rozalinde June 7, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Love the colors. & So nice how the dresser is placed diagonally. *.* Rozalinde

  • Reply Rona June 7, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Love this chest of drawers, Holly…

    The ombre trend still seems to be very much ‘en vogue’ with two florist’s blogs I’ve read this week also featuring it on their blogs : Michael Daigian Design & Lauryl Lane!

    Just shows how much of an overlap there is between interior design and floral trends…

  • Reply Anu June 7, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Really nice and also seems easy to do :)

  • Reply KAAM June 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

    yes, i want to try it! I need some more furniture in my new rent flat:)

  • Reply vrensen June 7, 2012 at 10:53 am

    That drawer is awesome! I am normally not that much into IKEA stuff, but individualized it looks great!

    I did a little ombre-experiment myself lately:

  • Reply Yemi@Baby Nursery ideas June 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Wow! The shades of apricot are cool. This dresser will look great in a girl’s room.

  • Reply Ashley {GirlyObsessions} June 7, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    This is gorgeous!! I painted an Ikea dresser last year and it’s still in good shape! I love Ikea hacks!

  • Reply Tracy A. June 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Gorgeous! Blues and greens would be my colors of choice!

  • Reply frank June 7, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    i love the ombre style very chic, would you recommend using a paint and prime? or would you rather have a distress dresser?

  • Reply Claire June 7, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    This is a beautiful dresser.. I love the color and the design. Very perfect to my daughter’s room…

  • Reply Carrie June 7, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Hey Holly, Love this dresser. Being a very old diy-er, I bet this can be done much, much cheaper by the adventurous spirit. Buy two cans of paint, the coral color on the bottom and a can of white. Paint the white part of the dresser first, then the coral. Then start adding the white paint to the darker until you get the colors you desire for the other drawers (you might want to buy a larger can of the white paint).

  • Reply Serena June 8, 2012 at 2:38 am

    What a great idea – easy and inexpensive too. Great find Holly!

  • Reply Deborah Peters June 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Wow, what a clever idea, looks just like the paint swatches! I’d do seafoam blues and greens…hubby would do blues :)

  • Reply Brianna June 8, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Oh this is SO pretty!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

  • Reply heidi June 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    So clever! love it!

  • Reply JoAnna June 14, 2012 at 12:48 am

    I love the ombre trend as well and I think this was done VERY well! I would try it at home without question! I just need the time and the space!

  • Reply fräuleinwunder June 14, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    wow, cool color. simple and very effectfull idea.

  • Reply Jessica @shimmerkai June 15, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Love ombre…this looks great!

  • Reply Alexandra June 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Brilliant idea! Simply and classy!

  • Reply lucy June 19, 2012 at 4:33 am

    I like every ones idea of diluting the paint with white, but I would also say you could probably get this done by just buying the paint samples at lowes/ home depot for $5 a pop!

  • Reply sukanya June 19, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    love the colors! less is more :)

  • Reply Rebekkah June 19, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    super cute :) I love the colors and how many drawers it has!

  • Reply Angela March 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I really love the idea of ombre on the dresser drawers! I just published a blog post this morning about how we painted the ombre stripes in our nursery, and at the end I gave some examples of alternate ways to introduce ombre into a room – and I linked to your ombre dresser post. Just wanted to let you know :)

    -Angela, blue i style

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