Thursday, December 06, 2012

♥ Malm Makeover


Before I redid my room, the furniture was mainly from Ikea, & pretty basic/not very pretty. I had the Malm chest of drawers in the birch veneer & it really didn't go with my new theme. So I decided to give it a makeover, what do you think? Sorry these aren't the greatest pics, but I forgot to take any before I put the chest back in place, but you can get the idea.

For those interested, this is what I did/what I used:

  • Malm Chest
  • Decorative moulding x 4 strips from B&Q (I think it was this one)
  • 8 handles (I bought these)
  • 4 furniture appliques (this one)
  • Old pale pink wall paint & some red acrylic to deepen the colour
  • Satin varnish
  • Sandpaper
I'm not sure if this would work on any of the plastic laminate ones, but since my chest was wood veneer I simply lightly sanded it to give the paint something to stick to.

Then I cut all the moulding strips to size (a small saw would be ideal, I had to use a sharp serrated knife & sandpaper to cut & do the corners, since I discovered our saw needed a new blade & we had none on the day I wanted to start & I am impatient haha!), so that they bordered the drawer fronts. I also cut one for the top overhang. I then glued them in place, along with the furniture appliques.
 
I only bought one furniture applique, since they are pretty pricey & I didn't want to spend £20 on them alone. I had some silicone & catalyst, & made a mould from the one I did buy, then moulded the rest from polymer clay. Of course if you don't already have those things lying around like I do, then it's cheaper just to buy as many as you need, unless you are going to use a lot of them!
 
The next step was to give it 2 coats of the paint I had mixed up. I mixed about 1.5 litres, but ended up only using about a quarter of it.
 
Then varnish, I did 2 coats. I bought a 750ml can, but only used a tiny amount in the end, so I could have saved money by buying the smallest pot they had, oops!
 
Finally, attach your handles. Mine are non functioning, since the drawers already slide out easily by pulling the top, but I liked the look of them, so I only glued them on. The tiny screws were too hard for me to handle, haha, & I didn't want to mess up my work by gouging a hole in the chipboard. Obviously you'll need to screw them in if you are planning to use them!
 
And done! This took about 3 days, with letting the paint & varnish dry in between. It's not perfect, but I think it's much better than before! It ended up costing me about £50, excluding the chest & materials I already had. Still much better than buying a whole new chest, which for the style I wanted, would have been at least £200! I have lots of varnish, 4 handles & a mould to make more appliques left over though, along with the paint, which can be used for other projects too.

♥ Georgina

47 comments:

  1. I really love this. The details all go great together. Those are the kinds of old fashioned handles I always see sitting around and think 'eww' but they fit perfectly with your dresser. I've got an old dresser to fix up. This is a wonderful inspiration.

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  2. That's pretty amazing! A job well done!

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  3. You're so unbelievably creative! Amazing :)

    xx

    wearenouvellevague

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  4. Aaaaw it looks perfekt!
    And I really really love the colour <3
    Well done! And hey, the pictures ARE great :)

    xx, Vanessa
    http://www.thefabulousthing.blogspot.com/

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    1. Oh...of course "perfect" with "c" and not with a "k"!!!
      I'm sorry :D
      xx

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  5. Aa, so pretty!! Love it! You're really creative!

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  6. Amazing, when I clicked the before picture I almost couldn't believe it! It turned out sooo pretty.


    x Angie || sundaybelle.com

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  7. You do such a great job :) I'd love to try something like this sometime

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  8. This is so adorable! :D
    I can't beleive how how cute it is, I so want something like this!

    ~ Frillycakes ♥ ~

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  9. Brilliant idea! I have two malm chests myself! I find all ikea's furniture to be extremely plain, squared and boring, but I shop there because it's the most affordable place to get furniture :( I would never have thought of this! Thank you so much for being such an inspiration! :D

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  10. Gosh you did such an amazing job, it's really beautiful :)

    Florrie x

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  11. Oh god that's so cute! It came out perfect! <3

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  12. How cute! I love the gold accents~

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  13. That is totally amazing! That shade of pink is perfect. I love how creative you are. I want to pick your brains for inspiration, hehe. :) xx

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  14. So pretty and cute. I like it.

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  15. It really looks great, I'm very impressed with the results.

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  16. Holy cow, that's gorgeous! You did an amazing job--doesn't look DIY at all!

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  17. They look absolutely beautiful - you did a great job :) x

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  18. Oh your post comes at a perfect time Im redoing mine next week and was just thinking how to go about it...so thank you its gorgeous xx

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  19. Haha, I did almost the same thing! I got some flower shaped handles, wooden oval plates and decoupaged them. So mine is white + pink/green flowers. I love your drawers, the pink and gold look awesome.

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  20. Beautiful!!


    http://samispoon.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. It's so beautiful and feminine!

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  22. Looks great for your theme! I too have been fiddling with the idea of painting my furniture, except that I want a light teal/bluish hue to them :)))

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  23. It´s so beautiful.. I love your blog and style

    please follow me blog..thnks

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  24. This is an awesome DIY! I really really dying to make something like this! <3

    Girls that glitter love the dark
    xoxo

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  25. I can't believe how different it looks! It looks amazingly decadent and just gorgeous!

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  26. This is genious- can you make me one please?!haha xx

    brutalfashionandbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  27. Holy moly! You're so talented! You should design furniture...amongst the plethora of other things you do amazingly well.

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  28. fabulous! i am going to try this - thank you!

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  29. You did an amazing job, I LOVE it! I'm your newest follower, come and check out my blog if you like.kisses!Coco

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  30. OK seriously impressed with your DIY skillz! You even used a mould! Really well done project :)

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  31. What an awesome DIY! Pink <3

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  32. This is soooo lovely! I don't think I would be brave enough to cut molding with a knife.

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  33. This is beautiful! I absolutely love that tone of pink, and the gold goes perfect with the color as well. You have amazing skills!~

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    ~Ama

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  34. Amazing job! Love the pink color and it suits your room well.

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  35. This is amazing! I love furniture upcycles. Hubby and I are heading to the furniture auction tomorrow to see if there are any bookcases we can get for a good price and then makeover accordingly. Also, you should upload this to the Ikea Hacks website, it's one of the best hacks I've seen!

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  36. the makeover!!!oh no..it is so pretty...*_*

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