DIY Thursday: IKEA Dresser Turned into a Campaign Chest

DIY Thursday Chic IKEA Dresser

For DIY Thursday, we’re giving you an opportunity to transform your old IKEA dresser into a classy campaign chest, courtesy of For Chic Sake.


There’s something appealing to the classic campaign chest. What is campaign furniture, you may ask? It’s any furniture specifically made to break down or fold, specifically for the use of travel. These campaign chests were mainly used by military officers in the 18th and 19th century. A staple item in traditional styles, it is easy to recognize campaign furniture by their brass caps and hinges. It’s really difficult to find any authentic campaign furniture nowadays, but that shouldn’t stop you from achieving the look of a campaign chest! And if you already have an IKEA dresser you’d like to transform, you’re half way there.

DIY Thursday Chic IKEA Dresser

Materials you’ll need

  1. Ikea Rast 3 Drawer Chest ($34.99)
  2. 1 Quart High Gloss Paint (I used Behr in Sugar Plum which was $13)
  3. Campaign Style Drawer Pulls, Product ID 6228 ($33 including shipping). Thank you Molly from Almost Makes Perfect for this resource! She used them on her rast campaign hack and they were almost a perfect match to the inspiration photo above!
  4. 3 Packages of 2″ Brass Flat Corners, four to a pack ($7.50)
  5. 2″ Angled Paint Brush
  6. 2 oz. tube of Elmer’s Wood Filler Max (found in the paint section of Home Depot)
  7. Sanding Sponge


You can follow the 5 steps here!

DIY Thursday Chic IKEA Dresser

And voila! The look of a classic campaign chest, achieved with affordable, everyday materials.

Are you going to make your own campaign chest?

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