TV Stand with Storage… and Height… and Style…

I have been looking to replace the TV stand in our bedroom for a while now, but it seems like my list of requirements is a mile long… thus making it impossible to find anything that will work!  The current TV Stand was a Craigslist find from a few years back – it’s dark wood, low to the ground, and really nothing too special.  I think it may have come originally from Target. It does the job, but we need something taller, and it NEEDS to have storage.

To add onto this equation – it also has to be narrow, since our monster King size bed moved in with us, and the way our room is laid out, you walk between the TV stand and the bed to get to the SINGLE bathroom in our apartment.  Awesome.

Anyway, I had been thinking “console table” but it’s rare to find a console with storage, and most dressers are too “fat” for this space – we need at least several feet for the walkway, otherwise it is just going to feel WAY too claustrophobic.  I hadn’t been having much luck so far, so my hunt had nearly come to a halt… until I discovered this little gem at Ikea!  The Tarva 6 Drawer Chest.  Hello lover!

I know, I know… it doesn’t look like much, but when I’m done with it, this simple little guy is going to look phenomenal!

Don’t believe me??  Look at a few of these Tarva hacks I dug up online…
Little Green Notebook: Greek Key Dressers.  This is what I want to do to the Ikea Tarva.  I like that this version uses knobs; it makes more sense for a piece that you are going to be opening and closing a lot.
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Look at this lovely white number… that high gloss paint, really transforms it into something fabulous, and the greek key appliques covered up the holes where the original pulls went, so each drawer could have a single middle pull.

This is another super cool take on the original – painted drawers – ombre no less – unique pulls, and a stained top and legs??  Talk about a transformation!

No clue how they pulled this off, but they make this brand spanking new chest of drawers look old, and cool, like wooden shipping crates…

And… it’s official… this may just be the most versatile piece of furniture, since it serves as a kitchen counter here!

ikea tarva hack inspired by james mont and hollywood regency aesthetic - who doesn't love an ikea dresser makeover?  photo: ryan brook
Finally, my favorite hack (I think) – this one draws inspiration from Hollywood Regency, and I love loovvveee LOOVVVEEE it.  The gold border and the large gold pulls??


Can’t wait to get started on my own version!!

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