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Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
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Real simple IKEA hack - Hemnes dresser to changing table update for the nursery

It has been too long since I've done a DIY project or house update! We have our own apartment now so I have a little freedom and have been hanging art, etc. (see updates on Instagram) but we don't have a lot of room to work with and are trying not to buy new furniture until we have our next house.

The exception is baby stuff. We have a crib and I've done some nursery mood board-ing, but we don't have room for it yet so have this bassinet set up and most of the baby stuff is in our big hall closet built-ins.

I knew I needed a dresser for baby clothes and more... I dreamed of a medium wood tone mid-century one, but couldn't find one the right width on Craigslist and didn't want to spend $$$$$ on a new one when the style for the nursery might change at the next house. So, I bought an IKEA Hemnes on Craiglist and did a minor IKEA hack on it to make it look good in our current place!

The Hemnes is a nice traditional style line, but I haaaate the big black cartoon-ey bug eye handles they come with. (I changed them out for a pull style on our Hemnes bathroom vanity--big improvement.) For this dresser, I thought about a pull or wider handle, but didn't feel like drilling the second holes... so this is a really easy project!

I looked at different knob options and thought about hexagons, midcentury look cones, and more... but ended up going with this simple modern "finger pull." I got a pack of 10 so I might use them on something else, too. I really like them!


Remember, here is the before...

So simple, but so much cuter after! And then you have a custom dresser, not like the rest of the millions of Hemneses out there!

The 3-drawer Hemnes dresser is almost 38" tall so it's a great height for a changing table. I put this basic changing pad (this cover is in the mail) on the top, plus some special art that Jason picked out at a local art shop (this print). Elephants are special to us and for the baby.

Pin for later! IKEA hack: Hemnes dresser to elegant changing table!

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