Sometimes, the need for storage solutions on a budget poses a problem. It's the oldest battle in the book: form versus function; aesthetics versus efficiency. For Samantha of Blissfully Bossy, the solution to this conundrum was inspired by a PANYLblog post about Canadian TV personalities Colin and Justin and their Toronto Star IKEA Malm hack using PANYL. Samantha set about recreating C&J's hack to achieve something both large enough to fit her needs and easy enough on her eyes.
Starting with a MALM six-drawer dresser in birch, Samantha used PANYL to take the unit from monochromatic bleh to woodgrain wonderland. She even finished off the drawers with stainless steel handles à la Colin and Justin. From her post:
I was nervous about applying the PANYL strips, but it was pretty fool-proof. I started on one side, lined up the corners, and smoothed the strip as I moved across the drawer.HM helped me with the drawer pulls and we lined them up pretty well. Tip: Make sure to drill the holes for the handles before you apply the strips. Then all you have to do is poke through and strip and screw the handles on. And if you mess up on a hole, you can just cover it up. ;)
Once we finished the drawers, I hung a collage wall of our favorite artwork, quotes, and pictures. The top of the dresser is both functional and perfect for a few extras like our mini-bar and coffee table books.
Overall this project cost under $300 and is a lot less than anything I found. I think this has to be my favorite DIY project to date! Such a transformation!
The simplicity of the process has Samantha itching to hack again:
This project definitely made me think about how I could customize other IKEA pieces. That reminds me, LACK Table IKEA-hack coming soon…
SIDENOTE: Love the nail polish, Samantha!