So, to get this look....I'm going to spare you the boredom of how to put this dresser together. You can find that in the manual. Once it was all together though, I did have to do a little disassembling in the end to make the feet the perfect height for the molding. So, that's essentially the first step. I assembled the dresser and grabbed the base molding I wanted to use. I put it up against the dresser where it would overlap with the edge of the dresser bottom itself. Then marked the bottom of the molding against the legs. This is where I cut the legs to length so that the bottom of the molding would hit the bottom of the legs. Sorry no pictures! (bad blogger :/)
tutorial here for the drawers. It gave me that perfect heather grayish brown finish.
Once the drawers were dry, I added some character to where the knobs would be placed. I took some spackling compound and a stencil and placed it over the hole.
Next was adding on the base molding. I mitered the connecting edges and then secured it to the legs and dresser using wood glue. I also secured it additionally with a nail gun onto the legs. I didn't mean to use the same molding that was already in the room, but I'm glad I did. This ended up looking really great against the wall.
As for the cost to take it from Ikea grade to beautiful? Keep in mind that I made this like 7 months ago so this is a definite approximate amount.
Base Molding: Free (had on hand) would cost up to $10 otherwise ?
Lattice: approx. $10
Paint: Free (had on hand)
Spackle: Free (had on hand)
Drawer Pulls: $12
So, total for me was just around $100.