I’ve been on a cane webbing kick lately and it was something I desperately wanted to incorporate into Cash’s Nursery design. I loved the DIY IKEA Tarva Dresser hack we did for our master bedroom and thought it would be fun to do another IKEA hack with some DIY Caning!
This IKEA Tarva Dresser hack is so easy I did it when I was 9 months pregnant! If you’re looking for an easy DIY project with a BIG impact to your space you’ve come to the right place. Let’s get started y’all!
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How to Hack an IKEA Tarva Dresser with Webbed Caning
Shopping List, Supplies, and Costs for this project are all at the bottom of this post.
Step 1: Assemble IKEA Tarva Dresser
Assemble your IKEA Tarva Dresser, obviously. Just don’t put it together backwards like I did! IKEA now manufactures their Tarva Dressers a little differently now. So this tutorial will be a bit different than the IKEA Tarva Hack I did for our master bedroom in 2016.
Step 2: Measure Drawer Fronts
Measure out 2 1/16″ evenly to create a rectangle in the middle of the drawer. You can peep that 9 month baby bump too!
Use a carpenter framing square to make sure your lines are even with all sides of the drawer
You can also use a ruler if you don’t have a carpenter framing square available. If you make your cuts any smaller than this you will not have enough space to attach the cane webbing on the inside of the drawer.
Step 3: Cut Out Drawer Fronts
Take your jigsaw and cut out the rectangle. Take note, the shorter cuts will be easier as you are cutting against the wood grain. When cutting with the wood grain it will be harder as you are essentially splitting the wood in half.
Step 4: Sand Your IKEA Tarva Dresser
Sand your dresser frame and drawers with an orbital sander at 180G and 220G then wipe clean with a damp painters cloth. You will need to hand sand the inside of the drawer cut outs with a sanding sponge or the orbital sandpaper. The size of the orbital sander will not fit between the cut out to sand.
Also, this mask is amazing and I highly recommend getting yourself one for projects! I used it my entire pregnancy for sanding and staining projects.
Step 5: Stain Your IKEA Tarva Dresser
I went with a custom stain and used Varathane Weathered Oak and Early American. I do this “wax on – wax off” technique. I’m not even sure if that’s a thing but it always turns out great when I’m finished!
Make sure you are using gloves while staining, it’s an oil based product (clean up requires mineral spirits if you get it on your hands). I use Gorilla Grip Gloves, they’re reusable and fit my hands better than any latex gloves I’ve ever bought!
While the stain is still somewhat “wet” go over the entire dresser with a light coat of Varathane Early American with your staining sponge and wipe off immediately after application, “stain on – stain off.” The longer the stain sits on the dresser before wiping off the darker it will be.
Follow the directions on the stain can for curing time. Once the stain has completely cured, sand with 220G. Then, apply 3 coats of matte polyurethane, between each coat sand with 220G and finish with a finishing buffer sponge. I don’t personally like a shiny finish so a matte poly works great!
Step 6: Prepping Your Cane Webbing
Cane webbing is extremely hard to find with how popular it is right now. I looked through numerous companies to find what I was looking for and I kept running into the same issue of them not having enough or they were out of stock. I purchased my cane webbing in August and didn’t receive it till mid-October.
Before using your cane webbing, make sure you have brought it inside your home to acclimate to the temperature AKA don’t leave it in the garage or attic before your project. Be sure you do not use it in a damp area (bathroom or near a humidifier), it will warp the cane webbing.
If you find that the cane is stiff and hard to work with, you can soak your cane in water for 10 minutes. I opted NOT to soak mine.
UPDATED: “ I purchased a quantity of 7 (feet) in 1/4″ Open Cane Webbing – 18″ Wide. You need 78″ which is 6″6′ of cane to cover 6 drawers. You can only purchase in feet so you will need to purchase a quantity of 7 (feet) for this project. I was able to split the 18″ roll in half for the drawers. However, it looks like they don’t carry the 18″ width and only carry 24″ width now.
Initially I had listed only needing a quantity of 4 (feet) for this project since I had 3 feet left over. Turns out, my order confirmation doesn’t match up with how much I actually received! When I ordered my cane I was given a quantity of 10 (feet) since I had 3 feet left over. But I was correct in calculating that you need a quantity of 7 (feet) for this project. See that screen grab below? How crazy is it that I had to go back and look for that to make sure I wasn’t loosing my marbles! ”
They make a few different sizes too if you’re wanting a wider open can webbing:
- 1/2″ Open Cane Webbing – 18″ Wide
- 1/2″ Open Cane Webbing – 24″ Wide
- 5/8″ Open Cane Webbing – 18″ Wide
- 5/8″ Open Cane Webbing – 24″ Wide
The cane webbing comes in a sheet roll (like wrapping paper), as in you have to cut out your exact measurements just like fabric!
Step 7: Apply your Webbed Caning to Your IKEA Tarva Dresser
Find a blanket or carpet to install your webbed caneing. The IKEA Tarva Dresser is made out of a soft wood, so it will dent verily easily.
Since the inside edge of the cut out is so small you will need to make sure your webbed caneing is from edge to edge measuring at 26″ L x 6 1/2″ W.
Mark your cane on the back side with a sharpie so you know where to cut. You’ll need to use some type of marker as a pencil/pen will not be visible. Since I didn’t soak my cane in water I had to weigh it down on the ends (baby wipes and a measuring tape, lol).
Start on one end of the drawer and shoot a few staples into the cane to hold in place. You’re going to use A LOT of staples so buy the whole box!
Pull the cane taut and work your way to the other end of the drawer with your staple gun. Alternate top and bottom so it’s evenly stretched
**Repeat this step for all six drawers.
Step 7: Cut and Attach Handles to IKEA Tarva Dresser
I took scrap pieces of 1×2 select pine and made pulls for the dresser. I cut a 1×2 at 4 1/2″ and then cut in half length wise for thin rectangular pulls. To attach the pulls use wood glue and secure with 2 small screws from the inside of the drawer.
The pulls were placed in the middle of the drawers, see measurements below:
I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but – can you believe how good this turned out?! This project was inspired by a piece of furniture from a store in Australia that I desperately wanted, but could not bring myself to spend $1,100! So of course in Kourtni fashion, I had to hack this IKEA tarva dresser.
I can’t wait to see y’all whip out these DIY IKEA Tarva Dresser Hacks!
What supplies do I need for a DIY Cane IKEA Tarva Dresser Hack?
- Web Caning
- IKEA Tarva Dresser
- 180G and 220G Sandpaper
- Staining Sponge
- Paint Rags
- Weathered Oak Stain
- Early American Stain
- Finishing Sponge
- 1 – 1x2x6
- 3/8″ Staples
- 3 – 1x2x6 select pine @ 4 1/2″
- 6 – 1x2x4 1/2″ @ 1/2″ length wise
- 6 – 26″ L x 6 1/2″ W Cane Webbing
Project Skill Level:
$220 (with some supplies and tools already on hand)
Let me know if you have any questions about anything! I’m an open book