Ombre Chest of Drawers: Koppang Ikea Hack

A couple of weeks ago I was invited by Direct Blinds to renovate a piece of furniture and as you can imagine I didn’t need asking twice! I love changing things to make them look prettier and with the discovery of a stained Ikea chest of drawers I figured this would not only be a great opportunity to try my first Ikea hack but also to indulge my love of the spray paints and try to create an ombre chest of drawers.

Ombre Chest of Drawers TutorialThe original Ikea chest of drawers itself wasn’t too awful, I think its the Koppang? However it had an awful blue stain on the top that wouldn’t budge and besides which I fancied doing something a bit cheerier for my daughters room, after all, look at the misery fest it looked in there to begin with.

chest of drawers ikea hackTo make my ombre chest of drawers I bought four different cans of spray paint, one in white to cover the stain and then these ones in cream, yellow, and an orangey yellow one that I can’t find anywhere online! Sorry! To be honest I totally fancied the neon pink spray paint I saw but The Husband refused to allow it in the house. Tsk.

Due to a slight issue of kids refusing to nap I ended up spraying these in the garden while they had their dinner one evening, although my three year old did keep nipping over and begging to help. Strangely I didn’t let him.

painting an ombre chest of drawersThe handles were really easy to remove and then it was just a case of trying to do a layer of paint thick enough to hide the stain and change the colour of the drawers.

Things I learnt:

As always its always best to do two thin layers rather than one thick one.

Flies really like spray paint. They get their legs stuck to them and then you (ugh) need to remove them and repaint that bit.

Try to keep the spray can moving all the time.

Don’t spray when your neighbor is having a barbeque as bits of it will float into your garden and elevate your blood pressure.

I should also add that I bought newspaper and masking tape so I could do it all super neatly but I didn’t really need to use them and umm.. also I couldn’t be bothered with the prep. It’s all about the quick wins here!

What do you think? Does it look more cheerful?!

ombre chest of drawers ikea hack

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Disclaimer: This post is part of Direct Blinds Renovation Sensation competition, which you can read more about here, they have financially compensated me to renovate this chest of drawers.


  1. 15th July 2014 / 9:01 pm

    I love it and if you were being a real cheapskate like me you could just use paint and keep adding more white!

    • 16th July 2014 / 6:15 pm

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m really pleased with them, so nice when things work!!

  2. 16th July 2014 / 8:21 pm

    I really like this. I’m a quick win person too, I hardly every prep for anything.
    The colours you chose look great too.

    • 18th July 2014 / 6:45 pm

      Def all about quick wins and it’s not because I’m lazy at all ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. 17th July 2014 / 2:34 pm

    I love this! What a huge impact something so quick and easy can make! You picked such great shades of yellow too, it really pops!

  4. 21st July 2014 / 5:03 pm

    Hi Kate, I’m visiting from the Link It Or Lump It Party. I love the Ombre painted drawers on your IKEA dresser – the colors are perfect!

  5. 22nd July 2014 / 11:53 am

    Visiting from Tuesday Tutorials.

    I think it looks incredible. Did you have to sand the drawers at all?

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