This is an easy project that has made such a big impact on our entry way leading into the living room. To say that I am obsessed would be an understatement. Using two chests filled up the wall space, and the height is perfect for dropping off cell phones, keys, and sunglasses.
Now on to the not so fun part – how I did it. First, I had to put the Tarva chests together. I give major props to those who have designed and DIYed a kitchen from Ikea. I could not imagine putting together all those kitchen cabinets! The instructions are only pictures, no words. I was constantly checking the pictures to make sure I was doing everything right.
It took me about 2 hours just to put one chest together! I feel I am pretty experienced with putting furniture together, especially from Target, but this was on another level. The second chest only took about an hour because I already knew how it all fit together.
After I was done “building” the chests, I used wood filler to fill the existing holes for the knobs. The new hardware are flat black cup pulls from D Lawless Hardware
. These were the cheapest pulls I could find price wise, they are high quality, arrived quickly and I got free shipping!
I created a template and pre drilled all of the holes I would need. 48 to be exact! This was a little time consuming, but well worth it. I also used a screw driver, hammer and drill to distress the tops. The wood is so soft, it wasn’t hard and I’m happy with the distressed look.
Next, was the stain – I used Minwax
Classic Grey first, and after it dried I went over it with Minwax Special Walnut. It created the perfect weathered stain. I let them dry overnight and the next morning I applied polyurethane. I used a spray poly, and after that dried completely I used steel wool to smooth it out.
Next was attaching all the hardware to the drawers. This was a long process and took a few hours. My template was off by a hair! All of my pre drilled holes were wrong! I had to re drill them to get the hardware to attach properly. If you plan on doing this project, check your template twice, or better yet three times. No DIY project is perfect, and this was my mistake.
After that was completed, it was back to the fun part and bringing them inside. I stained some scrap wood to match and cut it to fit into the gap between the two chests. By doing so, it gives the illusion of one piece of furniture.
I used my existing mirror and Martha Stewart Chalk paint from Michaels to give it a makeover. The lamps are Target’s Threshold Linden Droplet Lamp and I love them! I “shopped” the house for other decor accessories and cannot wait to change out items for the holidays and seasons. Right now, I’m going for a clean and airy summer look.
The mirror, galvanized tray, candle pillars and candles are also from Target. Have I mentioned I love shopping at Target? Faux flowers are from Michael’s.
The hardware really makes the statement for this piece. The black against the wood grain really pops. One reason I chose the Tarva chest was not only for the great price, but because I would be able to stain the wood. Pine might be my favorite wood yet!