Finished R2-D2 Ikea Hack Dresser and BB8 Lego
Decor,  Renovations

Ikea Hack: How to Make an R2-D2 Dresser

My son LOVES Star Wars. When I painted his sister’s dresser, he pleaded with me to paint his too. I knew this would be a great opportunity to do something fun. Therefore, the Ikea Hack R2-D2 Dresser was born!

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Below I’ll share with you the steps you need to take to make this happen. It is time consuming because it’s artistic. You spend hours drawing out all the details and painting them perfectly. Honestly, I loved the process.

I worked on it mostly after my son went to bed and every morning he would wake up and rush to see how much more I had added the night before. He would jump up and down and squeal with excitement. It was the sweetest; it made every hour working on this R2-D2 dresser well worth it.

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Tools & Materials for R2-D2 Dresser

Time to Complete the Dresser

This really depends on how quickly you draw and paint on the design. It took me about 2 weeks because I worked on it mostly in the evenings when my son was asleep. And of course I took some days off to do other things πŸ™‚

Step 1: Draw the Design on with a Pencil

Drawing the R2-D2 Design on the Front of the Dresser

This is the most time-consuming part so just take your time and enjoy it! While looking at a picture of my dresser or a little R2-D2 figurine like I had by my side, draw out the design onto the front of the dresser. Use a level and a ruler to make sure your lines are straight and level.

Step 2: Outline the White Shapes in Gray Sharpie Marker

Using a gray sharpie marker and a yardstick, put lines around the shapes that will remain white in the inside. The gray sharpie just gives them permanence.

Step 3: Paint the Different Sections with Blue and Gray Paint

R2-D2 Half Painted Dresser

The best type of paint to use for this is Krylon Chalky Finish Paint. This paint will adhere well to the dresser and will cover well, often not requiring a second coat. I tried using other types of paint but they didn’t work very well. Most didn’t adhere well.

Use small painter’s paint brushes to get in the small areas. Use FrogTape painter’s tape as needed to get really smooth, crisp lines.

Step 4: Cut the Head out of Plywood

Cutting R2-D2's Head out of Plywood with a Jigsaw

Using a jigsaw, cut out a semicircle from a piece of plywood. Your semicircle should be 30″ in diameter.

You can draw a perfect circle by tying a pencil to a string. Let 30″ of string out from away from the pencil. Place the end of that 30″ string in the center of the circle. Then move the pencil along the plywood, making a mark that is always 30″ away from the center of the circle. Then cut along this line with a jigsaw.

If you have trouble getting a perfect semicircle, you can always sand the edge of the plywood a bit to smooth it out.

Step 5: Paint the Semicircle Gray

Painting R2-D2's Head Gray

Paint the semicircle gray with Krylon Chalky Finish paint. I only painted the front and edges but if I would do it again, I’d paint both sides!

Step 6: Draw the Design on with a Pencil

Drawing out the design on R2-D2's head with a beer stein

Carefully draw out the design on the head. This part is pretty intricate so make sure to leverage random objects around your home to help you – like this giant German beer stein for a large circle!

Step 7: Paint the Different Sections

R2-D2's Plywood Head for the Dresser

I have to admit – I didn’t get red chalky finish paint for this. It just didn’t seem worth the cost. I used acrylic paint and it worked out okay in this instance.

Step 8: Apply Polycrylic Protective Finish to the Dresser and Head

This step is really important in order to protect your painted dresser from scratches. I applied the spray polycyrlic. The polycrylic in a can that you paint on would probably create a more protected surface. It’s up to you but just make sure to apply at least 2 coats of polycrylic to protect it.

Step 9: Attach the Head to the Dresser using L Brackets

Attach L brackets to the head and dresser in two places, securing on the head.

Beep Boop Bop! He’s Finished!

Finished R2-D2 Ikea Hack Dresser and BB8 Lego

The Star Wars R2-D2 dresser is done and my son loves him! Definitely an Ikea hack that I had a ton of fun with.

Star Wars Room for a Kid

Add a fun rug, blanket and some Star Wars legos to complete the room! It’s my son’s dream room – until he stops loving Star Wars, which will probably happen in about 5 days (hah! just kidding….kinda).

Here are links to the other items in the room in case you are interested:

Star Wars Ruggable Rug

Star Wars Fleece Blanket

Lego BB-8

Platform Bed Frame

Dipped Leg Round Wood Stool (or learn how to make your own HERE)

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  • Jen

    You win all the cool points for this one! What a fun project! Amazing work on the design coming out just perfectly!

    • admin

      Thank you so much, Jen! You are so sweet! It was so much fun to make because my son was just SO very excited about it along the way πŸ™‚ Have a great day!

    • admin

      Thanks so much, Morgan! I love making stuff that my kids get so excited about πŸ™‚

  • Jayne

    Such a great DIY! My boys would have loved this when they were small!

    • admin

      Thanks so much, Jayne! Have a great day!

  • Marie

    Mary, this is one of favorite projects you’ve done! So creative. P.s. love the Hof Brau stein stencil ☺️

    • admin

      Haha! Thank you! The stein’s role in this made me laugh a lot πŸ™‚

  • Diane

    So stinking cute. That is one lucky kid. And you are a super creative Mom. Well Done!!!!

    • admin

      You are so kind! Thanks so much, Diane!

  • Melissa Tomlinson

    This is such an amazing idea and it turned out so cute! My grandsons would LOVE this! Thank you for sharing with us!

    • admin

      Thanks so much, Melissa! It was a fun one to make, with my son getting so excited along the way πŸ™‚

  • Libbie

    How COOL!!! I think this is adorable! Kudos!

    • admin

      Thanks so much, Libbie! It was a fun one to make πŸ™‚

  • Kim Waldorf

    This is amazing! I raised a house-full of boys and they would have loved this. Well done!

    • admin

      Thanks so much, Kim! Have an amazing day!

  • Carol Karl

    This is so creative! My son would have loved this when he was young – he probably still would (at 20!). I love all your projects, they are all amazing.

    • admin

      Hah! I’ve been hearing that from a lot of people – that even adults would love this! hah. Thanks so much, Carol! That is so kind of you to say. Have a wonderful day!

  • Danielle Keller

    This is just incredible!!! I wish I would’ve seen this when my son was little!!! We even have this dresser!

    • admin

      Thanks so much, Danielle! Well, some people are saying that they want this for their adult kids so… hah! πŸ˜‰

    • admin

      You are so sweet! Thanks so much, Kimberly!

    • admin

      Thanks so much, Paula! I just saw your share of it- THANK YOU πŸ™‚

      That Ikea project is so great! You are so talented to be able to make it look so perfect. I’m amazed!

    • admin

      You are so sweet! Thanks so much for putting it in your weekly roundup!

    • admin

      Thanks so much, Anissa!