I am so excited to reveal this super easy Ikea Malm Dresser hack I’ve been thinking about for ages now. Our dresser got a little banged up during its trip over the Atlantic which gave me the perfect excuse to get crafty on it.
You know I’m addicted to copper and I love how the tone is reflected in the Rand McNally world map tacked right above. It also repeats the copper in the Ikea hacked Ekby Gällö shelves and in our desks (to be revealed soon!).
This diy is so easy, it’s all about the contact paper and keeping clean lines.
2 rolls copper contact paper (buy um both at the same time. I didn’t and I have slight color variations that I have decided are now part of the look)
construction paper or scrap template making paper
Make sure to dust and clean everything really well. I was able to re-position a few times with out too much of an issue. Try to avoid creasing the paper, though, it has a foil quality. Remove the backing and smooth the contact paper as you go. Check the backing for more instructions on how to adhere the contact paper cleanly.
For the top, adhere the contact paper at the side edge of the dresser top keeping the long edge of the contact paper flush with the back of the dresser. You will need to runs to cover the top, just but them together. The seam should blend with the grain of the contact paper. (My seam is so clearly noticeable in the photos because I didn’t buy my contact paper all at the same time and there is a color variation. It’s not that noticeable in the rl so I let it be)
Make a good hard crease at the edge and front of the top. After I was done some bubbles popped up right along the edge. I very carefully ran my xacto knife along the edge to create a clean score then pushed the bubbles out as cleanly as I could. It’s still not 100% profess (see the pic above) but the shine actually helps hide a lot of the bubbling at the corners.
I made a couple templates out of construction paper and stuck um to the dresser with masking tape so I could play with a few triangle sizes. Then I used the final template to cut the contact paper triangles. I just cut my nails so I used masking tape to help me get the backing off the contact paper. And they just stick on like the top. Easy as pie!
The metallic contact paper has such a great shine. I love the Africa meets mod meets Southwest feel. Cheers!