I love this Ikea hack because all the piece are separate and easily painted before assembly! But before I get too far ahead of myself, here are the necessary items for you to accomplish this gorgeous hack.
Mid Century IKEA Tarva Nightstand Hack
by Karisa from Petite Modern Life
- Ikea Tarva Nightstand
- White Interior Acrylic Latex Paint (love Sherwin Williams!)
- Dark Walnut Stain
- High Density Foam Roller
- Soft Stain Brush
- Drawer Pull
- Miter Saw
- Drill *helpful, but not necessary.
You might already have most of these items on your garage shelf, we did!
Hacking the Tarva Nightstand:
To start, unpackage your Ikea Tarva pieces and place on your painting surface all the large pieces, minus the legs, and four slats that go above the legs on the base of the cabinet. Check your Ikea directions to distinguish what those four look like.
Then lay your legs in the direction that they will be mounted and draw the angle at which your going to want to cut them. We decided to leave about an inch of flat foot on each bottom leg, angling it up to about four inches from the top of the leg. You can also go to the height at which the bottom slats hit the leg. Your choice. Then, using your miter saw, carefully cut your leg along the line you drew.
Take your stain and brush and do two coats of Dark Walnut. (About an 30 min- 1 hour dry time between coats).
I placed all my large pieces on a paint cloth and painted each side with two coats of white paint. With my coats being thin, I would paint one side and let it dry 1 hr before flipping it over and painting/repainting the other side.
Lastly, just follow your Ikea instructions for assembly with the option of adding your own drawer pull! I decided to use the Ikea ATTEST knob. How easy is that? Why haven’t I made these sooner?!
Thanks for reading! I hope you’re inspired to make a beautiful Ikea Tarva nightstand too! I now want all the Tarva collection to make a cute mid century room. We’ll see if the husband goes for it 😉 Come say hello and check out these other popular Petite Modern Life posts!