11.15.2013

IKEA Hack: Fabric Covered TRYSIL Chest


First off, I want to give you all a huge thanks for the sweet comments on my guest room makeover. You sure know how to make a girl feel good :-) 

My favorite part of our new guest room is the DIY chest that sits to the right of the bed. 

Would you believe that it started out looking like this?

It's the TRYSIL chest from IKEA - it's not a bad looking chest but it didn't exactly fit with the style of my room so I decided to do an IKEA hack by covering the chest with fabric (a Target tablecloth actually!) and switching out the drawer pulls. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out:



There was a lot of trial and error in getting to the final product, but now that I've figured out the best way to do it, I could whip up another chest in no time. I've put together a pretty detailed tutorial for any of you who are interested in giving it a go:

The first step is to choose your fabric. About any fabric should work as long as it's not too thick. You might want to steer clear of anything with a design or linear pattern to prevent driving yourself crazy trying to pattern match or keep the lines of your fabric straight. I was originally planning on using burlap, but I changed my mind after spotting this Target Threshold tablecloth in neutral.  The color and texture were perfect for my room and it cost only $16.99 for a 60" x 104", which translates to less than $6 per yard.

Next, you'll want to get all of the pieces of the TRYSIL chest out of the box and read through the assembly instructions to figure out which piece is which. Put a small piece of painter's tape on the side of each piece that will be on the inside once the chest is assembled. Write the name of the piece (side, top, drawer front, etc.) on the tape.

Measure the drawer fronts and the sides, top, and bottom of the chest and add about 6-8" to the each of your dimensions (there will be some fraying of the edges of the fabric so you need this extra amount to allow for that - you can cut off excess later if needed). Cut out pieces of fabric in those sizes. One tablecloth is enough fabric for all of the pieces that you'll need to cover the chest as long as you lay it out in a way that you're not wasting lots of fabric. Do not use the hemmed edges of the tablecloth - cut off and discard those.  

Next step? Iron. Steam iron the heck out of your fabric to get out the fold marks and wrinkles. 

The last step before adhering the fabric to your pieces is to prep the drawer fronts. Each drawer front comes with two predrilled holes for the handles. Fill these two holes with wood filler, wax, or putty. I used a Minwax pencil:

Then figure out where you want your new pulls and drill the holes for them. It helps to use painter's tape to mark the spot that you're drilling the holes and to keep the laminate of the wood from flaking off the surface when you drill them.  

You're now ready to put your fabric on the fronts of your pieces. I originally tried Mod Podge but I quickly saw that it soaked through portions of the fabric and darkened its color so for plan B I used 3M's 77 Super Adhesive Spray, which worked great. This stuff is SUPER sticky and a little goes a long way. You need to use it in a well ventilated area so I spread a big dropcloth out in the garage (with the garage door open) and did it there. The process is pretty simple. For each piece, spray a light coat of adhesive spray on the side of the piece that will be on the outside of the chest and then gently lay your fabric piece on top of it. Readjust the piece to align it properly by lifting it up and placing it back down as needed. Once your fabric piece is centered on the wood piece, press it down onto the wood piece and smooth out any wrinkles.

Now you need to wrap the fabric around the edges. Instead of trying to spray the edges, I found it was easiest to spray some of the adhesive spray on a paper plate and then use a small paintbrush to spread it on the edges. Doing it this way also keeps you from getting too much glue on the fabric. The glue on the plate and the wood piece dries very fast, so you have to keep spraying more on the plate and keep wrapping and pressing the fabric down on the edges as you go. 



Beware that the two side pieces have holes on the edges. You need to notch out the fabric in those areas before adhering the fabric to the edges:

Once the fabric is adhered to all four edges of the wood piece, lay the piece on the ground with the fabric side down and fold the fabric edges over onto the back of the piece. Before adhering the fabric to the back, trim the fabric in any places necessary so that it will not end up covering any holes but that it is as close as possible to the holes. This step is important! If you cover up any of the holes with fabric, you are not going to be able to assemble your chest correctly.  Once you've made any necessary cuts, use the same technique as you used with the edges to adhere the fabric to the back side of the wood pieces. 

I used {this method} to do the corners, including cutting away extra fabric. I didn't use any staples though - just the adhesive spray on a paintbrush. Once each corner is glued, it will need to be held down tight to the wood piece for several minutes until the glue dries. Your finished corners will end up looking like this:

After you're done adhering the fabric to the front, edges, and back of the piece, it won't look too pretty from the back:

No worries, it doesn't have to be pretty - you won't be able to see these ratty edges once the chest is assembled. Once you're done adhering the fabric to all of your wood pieces, brush some Mod Podge around the edges on the backs of the pieces to keep the fabric in place and keep the edges from fraying further:

After everything dries it's time to get our your IKEA instructions and start assembling! Once the chest is assembled, you'll need to put your new pulls on. I chose {these Home Depot ring pulls}:

To attach them to the drawer front, I put a skewer through each hole that I'd predrilled and moved the skewer from side to side to widen the hole a bit.

Then insert the screw for your pull through the hole in the drawer and through the opening in the fabric that you made with the skewer. Turn the pull (NOT the screw) to tighten it onto the drawer front. Turning the screw can pull at the fabric and create a run in it (yep, unfortunately I learned that the hard way...). 

I wanted the legs of the chest to match my hardware so before attaching them to the chest, I sprayed them with Rustoleum Universal Paint & Primer Metallic in Oil Rubbed Bronze:

 Done!

I may end up getting a piece of glass cut for the top of the chest to protect it from getting dirty since I'm keeping a plant on it. I would definitely recommend a glass top if it will be a heavily used piece.

So what do you think? If you have any questions, shoot me an email or leave a comment. Enjoy the weekend!

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50 comments:

  1. Kris, this is one of my favorite Ikea hacks. Such a great idea, and the end result is so custom looking! I like the idea of a piece of glass for the top, then your guests won't be worried about messing up that pretty finish.

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  2. I so so love that you used a tablecloth! You did such a professional job, it looks like a million bucks! Cheers!

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  3. Now that is some talent and creativity! It looks fantastic!!!

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  4. OMG Kris! I must try this someday! It is simply so high-end looking and seems so do-able for a beginner DIY-er like me! Thanks dear!!!!

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  5. WOW ! I'm inspired ...

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  6. I love this project so much Kris! It looks amazing! I've never used the adhesive spray, but I can think of a few projects that I've done already where it would have made things a lot easier, I think? Great job!!

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  7. This is an AMAZING idea! Thanks for sharing! And what a detailed tutorial, perfect for newbies like me!

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    1. It was one of those rare projects that turned out better than I expected - glad you found the tutorial helpful!

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  8. Such a great idea. thank you for the in depth tutorial. I am doing this with a laminated piece I have been hiding in the basement!!!!

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  9. This is beautiful!!! I'm so impressed that you had the vision AND were able to pull it off. I often have the vision, but my end results don't always match that vision:)

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    1. I'm right there with you - it's nice to have a few projects like this come out as well as I had hoped to keep me going when other ones flop!

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  10. This project is fantastic and even more fantastic is the extended tutorial that you shared here. Thank you! I have this on my list of projects to try and i have just the small dresser to try it on!
    -Maria B.

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    1. Good luck with your dresser - I hope it turns out great!

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  11. Love it! I'm so inspired.

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  12. Great makeover and very creative using the tablecloth! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Wow now that is creative! And it looks so high end! Great job, and thanks for sharing a tutorial on how you did it.

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  14. your dresser turned out gorgeous, what a great idea, i would love to feature it , if that would be ok please let me know.,
    lauren

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  15. Oh wow...what difference it made. Thanks for the tutorial. I am going to do this to my IKEA MALM but I will have to work around since I its already assembled.

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  16. WOW! This looks amazing! I covered an IKEA Expedit with grasscloth like material using modpodge recently, but next time, I think I'm definitely going to try the fabric and spray adhesive route. Thanks for an AWESOME tutorial!

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  17. To quote my 7 year old son who just saw the before and after, "WHOa!" Gorgeous!

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  18. Crazy incredible. What I really love is how you used a table cloth and were really elaborate in your details! I love this. Amazing. Just found you. I'm so excited.

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    1. Wow - what a feel-good comment :-) Thanks so much!

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  19. I CANNOT Wait to do this...I'm in Chicago and the weather is crazy out here but nothing is going to stop me. Ikea here I come. BRILLIANT!

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    1. You ARE getting some seriously cold weather there, aren't you?! Good luck braving the elements and I hope it turns out amazing!

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  20. I just came across your blog and "fell in LUV";) I am so obsessed with this hack that I am going to do 3 of them and put them next to one another in my living room! I just hope I can make mine look as good as yours! I wanted to ask you about the table cloth, it's no longer available in that size, only round.....how much fabric did you end up using? Thanks again I look forward to seeing more inspiration from you!

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    1. You are so sweet and I love your plan! I would say that I used about 3/4 of the material from the tablecloth I bought. You might want to check another Target if you have more than one that's close to you - I saw the size I used on clearance at my Target a few days ago!

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  21. Thanks for the info, I will hopefully get this started this weekend and take a pic:)

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    1. Would love to see a pic! You can post it on Driven by Décor's Facebook page!

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    2. I will most definitely. I'm just getting started now, can you tell me the measurements on the pulls? I really like the spacing on yours. I'm looking at 8" in from the edge and 4" from the top. Thanks so much!

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    3. The holes for my pulls are placed 3" from the top and 7 1/4" in from the end. Hope that helps!

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  22. Beautiful job! I love a good long tutorial!

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  23. What a beautiful job.
    I love getting ideas from this sight. The ideas are so real and you can actually do them yourself.
    So many other sights are too complicated -
    Thank you for sharing
    Rose

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    1. Thanks so much for the sweet comment Rose - glad you've gotten some inspiration!

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  24. Thanks for the tutorial! That looks great!

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  25. genius, pure genius

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  26. Brilliant Sista! Way to rock it! Just really strong work.

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  27. One more pat on your back! You did a great job, this is beautiful. Also appreciate the tutorial was complete so others can be inspired too! Congrats, it is perfect in that room.

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    1. Thanks - I'm happy with how it fit it with the rest of the room!

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  28. What a great transformation ! Great job !!

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