I know melamine furniture looks cheap and boring but it doesn’t have to. This weeks projects are all about upcycling those eye sores into pieces that you would be proud to show off. As long as they are functioning well why not make them pretty.

I started with these two Ikea melamine dressers, both in very good working condition but oh so boring.

Ikea Melamine Dressers

Ikea Melamine Dressers

These were upcycled for my granddaughter, Lea. She wanted one long dresser, so my idea was to take the two and put them together to give the illusion they are one, but the option to use them as seperate units. I painted them a bright white then wrapped a grey damask stencil around them and added these glass ball pulls.

Ikea Melamine Dressers - After

Ikea Melamine Dressers – After

For the top I used 1/8 inch plywood framed with 5/8 inch square lumber and trimmed it off with decorative molding. It fits snug over the top to make the two look like one. Now Lea has her long dresser that is as beautiful as she is.

Ikea Dressers - After

Ikea Dressers – After

Ikea Dressers - After with Lea

Ikea Dressers – After with Lea


Next was this small mirrored wall cabinet that was in great condition but cheap and dated looking.

Small Mirrored Wall Cabinet - Before

Small Mirrored Wall Cabinet – Before

I started by sanding off the cheesy crackle finish and removing the bottom piece that had too many curves and a cheap applique. I cut a new and simpler bottom piece then painted it all with a bluish grey color and wrapped it with a white stencil.

Small Mirrored Cabinet - After

Small Mirrored Cabinet – After

Last was this basic melamine storage cabinet. It had been very well used and slightly abused but it was free so worth the effort.

Basic Melamine Storage Cabinet - Before

Basic Melamine Storage Cabinet – Before

I started by replacing the damaged back with a new piece of fiberboard. The trim on the doors are ripped down scraps of the fiberboard. I also put a new top on it because it was looking a bit saggy. Then the top and bottom were trimmed out with simple molding and finished off with paint and a white stencil.

Basic Melamine Storage Cabinet - After

Basic Melamine Storage Cabinet – After

These pieces are still great for storage, just alot nicer to look at.