IKEA Tarva bedroom dresser hack

Most couples do date night to spend time with their spouse. Kevin and I do DIY projects! For years, I have envisioned these crazy ideas and Kevin somehow brings them to life. We've always made a good team in that sense. My favorite, simple DIYS are always Ikea Hacks. Most recently, we transformed a Tarva Dresser and it might be my favorite piece to date. I came across this hack on Pinterest by Trisha Sprouse and knew I had to recreate it. We followed her blog post with just a few changes. Instead of chalk paint, we opted to use Sherwin Williams Pro Classic Semi Gloss paint in Pure White. Rather than using paint on the legs, we opted to stain the wood using Minwax Stain in Golden Oak. We also coated the top of the dresser with Polycrylic to protect the paint from wear & tear. If you've never experienced Polycrylic, you NEED it in your life. We seriously put this stuff on everything and love that it's truly clear unlike other products that tend to yellow the finish.  

Now that the girls are getting older, we're enjoying involving them in our projects. We used to find ourselves avoiding DIYs because of the kids. There's never a good time to dive into a project when the kids require so much from us. We finally let go of our perfectionism and made this a family project. We had so much fun! If you're like us and avoiding projects because of the kids, I encourage you to involve them. Projects definitely take longer and you'll still work after bedtime but the memories are so worth it.  

XO Carleigh

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