How to create a high end looking burl wood furniture finish on a plain dresser by doing this IKEA dresser hack using contact paper for just $30.
Last week, we started another Bless’er House Takeover room makeover project in a shared bedroom for 3 pre-teen girls at our neighbors’ house. (It’s turning out SO cute!)
The “vision” I’ve had for this room is beachy, vintage, refined but a little bit rustic. And then, for some reason, a burl wood dresser popped into my head. So I figured why not take a stab at an IKEA dresser hack to pull off the look for about $2,000 less than the real deal burl wood dresser version.
Doesn’t it look vintage?! It only cost about $30 in contact paper and 1 hour to pull off the look!
IKEA Hack Ideas Using Contact Paper
Because all of these styles are sleek and simple with clean lines, they are super versatile for contact paper applications. (See how I used marble contact paper on this IKEA coffee table.)
There are so many plain, low budget pieces out there that you could try this burl wood furniture look on even secondhand on Facebook Marketplace.
DIY Burl Wood IKEA Dresser Hack
- Dresser of your choice (I used this IKEA Hemnes chest of drawers.)
- Burl wood print contact paper
- An old credit card / gift card / wallpaper smoothing tool
- Knobs of your choice, if planning to change from the standard IKEA ones (I used these gold and glass knobs.)
You’d never guess this look happened using contact adhesive paper, would you?
Step 1 – Place Drawer Front on Contact Paper
Unroll the burl wood contact paper and cut a portion off of the roll to fit one drawer front with an inch or two of excess to spare.
Place the drawer front face down on the contact paper and mark about 1-2 inches outside of the perimeter of the drawer front with a pencil.
Step 2 – Trim Contact Paper
Using scissors, trim the contact paper where you marked so you have 1-2 inches of excess paper to wrap around the drawer’s sides.
Step 3 – Align and Place Burl Wood Contact Paper on Dresser Drawer Front
Peel away 3-4 inches of the paper backing on the sticky contact paper. Fold down the paper backing. Then, turn it over, align the contact paper strip on the drawer front, and begin peeling away the paper backing.
Step 4 – Press Out Air Bubbles
Continue to slowly peel away the paper backing as you stick the contact paper to the drawer front, pressing in a scraping motion with the wallpaper smoothing tool (I just used an old gift card because I forgot mine but it worked fine).
Press out any air bubbles with your smoothing tool until the contact paper is fully adhered to the drawer front.
Step 5 – Cut Corner Slits
After smoothing the contact paper to the front, you’ll have about an inch or two of excess around the sides. At each corner of the drawer front, cut a small slit (pictured below). This will create flaps.
Step 6 – Smooth Down 1 Side Flap
Smooth down a flap on one side (almost like gift wrapping a present).
Step 7 – Tuck the Cut Corner Around the Adjacent Side
Take the little flap at the corner and tuck it underneath the flap on the adjacent side of the drawer front. (Repeat Steps 5 and 6 on the opposite side of the drawer.)
Step 8 – Smooth Down Remaining Sides
Smooth down the top and bottom flaps of the drawer front so they cover the flaps from Steps 5-7.
Step 9 – Add Knobs or Pulls
If you want to jazz up the dresser a little more, add unique knobs or drill new holes for pulls. I love these gold and glass knobs that added a slightly feminine touch.
See more great places to find furniture hardware here.
Project Cost Breakdown
The entire IKEA dresser hack for the piece of furniture, contact paper, and knobs all together came to $405. Not too shabby considering my high end dresser inspiration cost $2,495!
I added this cute, slightly beachy table lamp, rattan mirror, picture frame, and plant to bring it all to life in this bedroom.
Now this plain dresser has a vintage, art deco feel to it.
Contact Paper Style Options for Easy IKEA Hacks
If the burl wood furniture look isn’t your thing though, you could still try a bunch of other styles of contact paper for furniture.
Were you here for this white marble contact paper coffee table hack years ago?
Contact Paper for Furniture
These are some of my favorite contact paper styles to make plain, inexpensive furniture look custom and high end.
- White marble contact paper
- Black wood grain contact paper
- Gray linen contact paper
- Beige wood grain contact paper
- Brown wood grain contact paper
- Blue marble contact paper
- Black marble contact paper
- Grasscloth contact paper
Honestly, I want to try this burl paper on a piece of furniture in our house now. I can’t get over how real it looks! (You can see more furniture makeover ideas here.)
This space is looking so beautiful! I can’t wait to share the final reveal soon
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