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How to Fix Sagging Drawer Bottoms

It’s just too tempting to buy inexpensive furniture. A lot of it looks good, and for a fraction of the prices of higher end pieces, we’ve definitely acquired several dressers from Ikea and similar places.

It seems as if even when these relatively cheap dressers hold up well overall, the drawer bottoms always end up sagging. You know what I’m talking about – the thin, flexible panels are just barely held in place by little grooves, and after your stuff sits on them for a while, the bottoms bow and come out of the grooves.

Thankfully, there’s an easy fix for this problem, so you don’t need to be annoyed or get rid of your furniture.

Tutorial for repairing sagging drawer bottoms:

You’ll need:

  • square wood molding.  We used some that is about 1/2″ on each side.
  • strong glue, such as wood glue
  • saw for cutting molding
  • hammer
  • fine nails, like brads
  • optional: woodworking clamps

    Tools for reinforcing sagging drawer bottoms.  Tutorial by Jewels at Home.

    Tools for reinforcing sagging drawer bottoms.

This is not a big carpentry job at all, and once you do it, you’ll be so much happier!

  • cut sections of square molding a little shorter than the width of your drawer bottoms
  • push the drawer bottom into place and glue a piece of molding under it to add support.  Here’s where the woodworking clamps might come in handy, if your drawers bottoms are really sagging and won’t stay in place.
  • nail brads through the molding and into the drawer front, to hold the molding in place.
Sagging drawer bottom reinforced with molding, glue, and nails.  Tutorial by Jewels at Home.

Sagging drawer bottom reinforced with molding, glue, and nails.

Hope that helps!  I wish that I could do fun stenciling and painting projects every day, but some days, I just need to get boring repairs like this one done.

“Jewels”

Easy Coastal Transformations for Ikea Dressers

My dad has a love of the ocean. He grew up spending summers at the beach, and it’s one of those memories that still stirs him. He’s downsizing his main home to a condo and invested in a getaway house near the ocean. A big part of his vision is to have our boys play on the beach the way he did, so I know we’ll be at the house a lot, too.

I’ve been charged with putting his house together, which at times has been a curse (construction project from &$@%!) but is, of course, also very exciting. I can’t deny I love a good decorating project and am fortunate to have this opportunity from my dad. And of course, since we’re by the ocean, I’d love to incorporate elements of a beach house into the design.

One of the many beautiful things the ocean gives us is the beautiful bleached grey patina of weathered driftwood. This dresser from West Elm caught my eye, because of the organic feel of the wood tiles and the fresh look of white against wood.

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West Elm prices are reasonable, but I had a whole house to finish, so I was hoping for a lower-priced option. What do you think when you think of inexpensive furniture? Ikea, of course! Ikea is a real mix of flimsy stuff that is barely worth the low prices and some really fantastic finds. For furniture, I try to stick with their solid wood pieces, which are sturdier and will last a lot longer than paperboard and foil. These Hemnes dressers definitely feel like they’re sturdy and a good value.
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One of the current finishes at Ikea is this gray-brown, which I think has the look of driftwood. The super-easy trick I used was to buy two Hemnes dressers in white and two in grey – all for the price of one dresser from West Elm. I then swapped the drawers between the two sets, and tada! Instant coastal charm with a clean look that will endure!

A simple swap was all I needed for the master bedroom dressers, and the white matches the West Elm Window Headboard perfectly.

Ikea Hemnes dresser hack - swap the drawers for a coastal transformation. By Jewels at Home

White dresser with gray-brown drawers in the master bedroom.

Ikea Hemnes dresser hack - swap the drawers for a coastal transformation. By Jewels at Home

For the kids’ bunk room, I wanted to use a surfing theme, so I painted surfboards on the drawers. The designs were taken from some of the bedding in the room. This is a fun coastal look that is great for young kids and still works for teens.

Gray-brown Hemnes dresser transformed with painted white drawers. By Jewels at Home.

Gray-brown Hemnes dresser transformed with painted white drawers in the boys’ bunk room.

Gray-brown Hemnes dresser transformed with painted white drawers. By Jewels at Home.

Gray-brown Hemnes dresser transformed with painted white drawers. By Jewels at Home.

How to:
To paint the drawers, I sanded the drawer fronts lightly and sprayed them with white primer. I painted the surfboards with acrylic craft paints then sprayed a clear finish on top.

By the way, I realize not everyone needs multiple dressers, but you could swap with a friend or just paint the drawer fronts for the same effect. It was easy to work with the panels before I assembled the drawers.

Hope you’re getting the calm feeling of the beach from these easy and inexpensive dresser makeovers!

“Jewels”

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