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Ombre DIY: Dresser From IKEA

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.


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)

Posted by decor8 in DIY on June 07, 2012

Your comments...

  1. Silvia commented
    June 7th, 2012 at 1:03am

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

  2. Claudia commented
    June 7th, 2012 at 1:14am

    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
    Claudia´s last blog post ..A welcome change

  3. Angie commented
    June 7th, 2012 at 1:15am

    oh I love it! it looks awesome *.*

  4. dustjacket commented
    June 7th, 2012 at 1:54am

    I love this, the shadings are perfect.
    dustjacket´s last blog post ..Industrial Style Kitchens

  5. Chrystina commented
    June 7th, 2012 at 4:44am

    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.
    Chrystina´s last blog post ..a beautiful card from virginia

  6. Catherine Bedson commented
    June 7th, 2012 at 5:53am

    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!!!

  7. Rozalinde commented
    June 7th, 2012 at 7:54am

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

  8. Rona commented
    June 7th, 2012 at 8:55am

    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…
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  9. Anu commented
    June 7th, 2012 at 9:11am

    Really nice and also seems easy to do :)
    Anu´s last blog post ..Lovely and spacious kitchen cupboards

  10. KAAM commented
    June 7th, 2012 at 9:40am

    yes, i want to try it! I need some more furniture in my new rent flat:)
    KAAM´s last blog post ..MSGM Spring/Summer

  11. vrensen commented
    June 7th, 2012 at 10:53am

    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:
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  12. Yemi@Baby Nursery ideas commented
    June 7th, 2012 at 2:42pm

    Wow! The shades of apricot are cool. This dresser will look great in a girl’s room.
    Yemi@Baby Nursery ideas´s last blog post ..Unique Ideas for Baby’s & Kids to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee

  13. Ashley {GirlyObsessions} commented
    June 7th, 2012 at 2:47pm

    This is gorgeous!! I painted an Ikea dresser last year and it’s still in good shape! I love Ikea hacks!
    Ashley {GirlyObsessions}´s last blog post ..From Fresh Prince to Legend: Will Smith.

  14. Tracy A. commented
    June 7th, 2012 at 8:33pm

    Gorgeous! Blues and greens would be my colors of choice!
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  15. frank commented
    June 7th, 2012 at 9:19pm

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

  16. Claire commented
    June 7th, 2012 at 9:43pm

    This is a beautiful dresser.. I love the color and the design. Very perfect to my daughter’s room…
    Claire´s last blog post ..Chamonix Chalet

  17. Carrie commented
    June 7th, 2012 at 9:54pm

    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).

  18. Serena commented
    June 8th, 2012 at 2:38am

    What a great idea – easy and inexpensive too. Great find Holly!
    Serena´s last blog post ..Guest Posting on Mamamia & Polka Dot Bride

  19. Deborah Peters commented
    June 8th, 2012 at 6:09pm

    Wow, what a clever idea, looks just like the paint swatches! I’d do seafoam blues and greens…hubby would do blues :)
    Deborah Peters´s last blog post ..1,000 Smiles | Day 30 | Dogs | Do list | Deborah Peters

  20. Brianna commented
    June 8th, 2012 at 11:48pm

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

  21. heidi commented
    June 11th, 2012 at 8:23pm

    So clever! love it!
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  22. JoAnna commented
    June 14th, 2012 at 12:48am

    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!

  23. fräuleinwunder commented
    June 14th, 2012 at 10:33pm

    wow, cool color. simple and very effectfull idea.
    fräuleinwunder´s last blog post ..Kissenzuwachs

  24. Jessica @shimmerkai commented
    June 15th, 2012 at 5:22am

    Love ombre…this looks great!
    Jessica @shimmerkai´s last blog post ..Summer Reading Book Plates

  25. Alexandra commented
    June 16th, 2012 at 4:02pm

    Brilliant idea! Simply and classy!

  26. lucy commented
    June 19th, 2012 at 4:33am

    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!
    lucy´s last blog post ..…The Ultimate DIY Experience…

  27. sukanya commented
    June 19th, 2012 at 12:52pm

    love the colors! less is more :)

  28. Rebekkah commented
    June 19th, 2012 at 9:10pm

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

  29. Angela commented
    March 22nd, 2013 at 5:14pm

    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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