Ikea Dresser Makeover: One Room Challenge Week 5

Hi, everyone! I’m back for WEEK FIVE of the One Room Challenge.

If you’re finding me through the One Room Challenge, welcome to my home on the internet! I’m Avery and I live in rural Iowa with my husband. You can learn more about me here, and see some of my previous design work in my kitchen. My design style is cozy, whimsical, and collected. I’ll be sharing my One Room Challenge progress on my Holland Avenue Home Instagram. Thanks for following along!

Here’s a recap of my posts for the One Room Challenge so far.

Week 1: Cozy Eclectic Master Bedroom Design Plan

Week 2: Moody Accent Wall

Week 3: DIY Throw Pillows and Vintage Artwork

Week 4: Hand-Painted Modern Chinoiserie Mural

And here’s a reminder of my vision for our colorful, cozy, eclectic Master Bedroom Update.

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We’ve been out of town since last Thursday, so my progress this week is not very monumental! We went to Ikea in Kansas City on our way to visit our friends, and picked up their classic Tarva dresser. We wanted some extra drawer storage in our bedroom for sweaters and winter items that need to be folded and take up a lot of space.

We looked at all of the dresser options, and finally decided on the Tarva. It matches our Tarva nightstands, which Ben really liked!

We planned to buy the three drawer dresser since we don’t need a ton of extra space, but when we got to the warehouse, it was out of stock!

ikea tarva

This is the dresser we ended up purchasing. It was $30 more than the one we planned to buy, but we figured that the extra $30 meant we now have a second full size dresser that we could use in another bedroom down the road. I’ll use the top drawer for jewelry storage, and we can give our sweaters plenty of breathing room in the other four drawers!


We are staining the dresser with Minwax Dark Walnut stain, and replacing the standard Ikea knobs with black hardware from Hobby Lobby. I plan to hang our gold Target mirror above this dresser, and store my every day jewelry on top.


Between today and next Wednesday, I have to paint the entire mural and finish up the sunroom. As long as I don’t get sick again, I should be able to do that no problem! I can’t believe that the 6 weeks is almost over!

That’s all for this week! Be sure to check out all of the other Guest Participants in the One Room Challenge to follow along with their progress!

I’ll share behind the scenes sneak peeks on my Instagram Stories this week, so follow along there if you want the inside scoop on mural painting before next Wednesday! If you’d like to be reminded when new posts go live, enter your email in the “Brighten my Inbox” tab on the right side of your screen. 

Thanks for following along with me here on Holland Avenue Home, and don’t forget to follow along with the rest of the One Room Challenge Blog to see all of the Featured and Guest Designers!

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(UPDATE: Don’t miss the final reveal in my Week 6 post below!)

Cozy Eclectic Master Bedroom Before & After: One Room Challenge Week 6