In the beginning there was one…And approximately 3 years later another one came along…
When I was pregnant with my first son my parents were kind enough to purchase nursery furniture for us. Everything matched and all was right with the world. When baby boy number two arrived, we needed more storage for all that babies come with, but were not in a position to purchase a second matching dresser for ourselves. My fairy Godmother beautifully re-finished an antique dresser that was actually mine as a child and that worked for a while.
As the boys got bigger and grew too large for a crib, we looked into bunk beds. My husband has the scars to prove how dangerous bunk beds can be for boys, so I was pleased to find a shorter version at Ikea.
We opted for the white panels though. So now, with bunk beds sporting white paneling and natural wood tones, I could no longer stand the chaos of competing wood tones and color schemes.
I was not satisfied with any of the affordable options that I found online or in stores in my area and I do love a good project…
So we purchased two Rast dressers and hacked them until they were more Pottery Barn than Ikea…
Once I hatched the idea in my head, I happened to come across a very similar hack on Design Sponge. Since Nadia had spelled out each step, it really saved me a lot of planning. Of course we opted not to include shelves in the middle and purchased a chair (also from Ikea) instead.
The new hardware was also purchased from Ikea. All other supplies came from our neighborhood Home Depot.
My loving husband did all the hard work while I supervised. We only had one “discussion,” as my Grandmother calls them.
In the end I am more than pleased with how the piece turned out. Eventually when the boys grow out of it I know I can easily use it as a buffet or console somewhere else in the house.