Easy IKEA Nightstand Upgrade Using Paint Marker

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We've shared some pretty easy-to-create IKEA hacks here on Hunker, but this one might just take the cake for the easiest of all! If you've got a ruler, a pencil, and a paint marker, you have everything you need to completely transform a plain side table. Keep scrolling to see how we pulled it off, step-by-simple-step!

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Things You'll Need

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Step 1

Use a ruler to find the vertical center of your drawer front, and draw a light pencil line to mark it.

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Step 2

Use your ruler again, this time to find and mark the center horizontal line of your drawer front.

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Step 3

Use the ruler to draw light pencil marks every 1 inch along the top-most edge and bottom edge of your drawer front.

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Step 4

Make more 1-inch pencil marks, this time along the center horizontal line you drew in Step 2.

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Step 5

Connect the marks diagonally on the drawer front using a pencil exactly as you see them pictured here.

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Step 6

Read the instructions that come with your paint markers to activate the pigment, then practice making lines and marks on a piece of scrap paper until you feel confident.

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Step 7

Use your paint marker to draw carefully over the pencil lines you marked. You can freehand it, like we did, or use your ruler as a straightedge. Be careful not to rub your hand over any of the wet lines as you work! If you need to, work in sections, and then set it aside to allow the paint to dry a little in case you're worried about smearing the pigment.

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Step 8

Repeat Steps 1 though 7 on the second drawer. Allow the paint lines to cure for 24 hours, then seal the drawer fronts using clear spray paint. Be aware that the lines may bleed a little bit during this step if the paint isn't fully cured. If you're concerned about this, feel free to skip the step entirely, or test the clear spray paint on a piece of scrap wood with paint lines drawn on it.

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Step 9

Attach the handles to your drawers, slip them inside the table surround, and your upgraded IKEA side table is done! Style it alongside over decorative accents that repeat the same paint marker color you chose to make the piece feel right at home amongst your other beloved decor.

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Carrie Waller is the writer, stylist and photographer behind the lifestyle and crafting blog, Dream Green DIY, which was founded in March 2011. Her work has been featured by Domino, Better Homes and Gardens, Design*Sponge, HGTV Magazine, Country Living, Rue Daily, Glitter Guide, and Apartment Therapy. Carrie lives in Waynesboro, Virginia, with her husband and their four pets.

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