Hello friends! Have I got a fun makeover to share with you today! A couple of months ago I was contacted by marketing for Hickory Hardware, asking if I would be interested in participating in an Ikea Rast Hack challenge. That’s where you take a very simple piece of Ikea furniture and put your own twist on it.
The closest Ikea to me is about three hours away, so I don’t shop there too often. I have seen some amazing hacks out there using their basic furniture pieces though, and I was definitely intrigued. And you know I love a challenge! I was provided the Ikea Rast, hardware of my choice, and a $25 gift card to purchase materials for the challenge.
Ikea’s furniture comes unassembled, so I enlisted the help of my son to put it together for me. I figure if he can build all those lego sets and whatever else with a million and one pieces, he might enjoy this challenge.
And he sure did! After he was done, he said this is what he wanted for Christmas, more furniture kits to build! I could have bought 10 more of these for what his Xbox cost.
This is where I took over:
Not very big on style, eh? Now I know why so many of these things get “hacked”. They need it. Although at $34.99, the price makes it very affordable.
Here is how I transformed my Ikea Rast:
Not so blah now, right??
Here’s a quick breakdown of what I did to this piece:
- I started with the addition of a new top, which I built by cutting two pieces of pine to fit the top. This required joining them together with a bit of wood glue to make the top deep enough to fit:
- After the wood glue dried, I sanded the seam to a super smooth finish. I recommend sanding the entire furniture piece before painting or staining.
- I added the new top by screwing it in from the underside:
- Next I made a few more alterations:
- There was a slight gap after adding the top, so a small piece of molding was added using wood glue, to cover the gap.
- I cut molding to trim out the drawers, using a miter saw which I added using wood glue.
- I added a scrap piece of wood to the bottom of the front to make it flush with the drawers.
- I trimmed out the bottom with left over drawer molding to finish it off.
- I added screw in legs to the bottom from an old stool I had in the garage. This also required adding a piece of scrap wood to the bottom at the back to screw the legs into.
- I spray painted the entire piece brown except the drawer fronts, so the brown would show through just like stained wood, when I lightly sanded later:
- I painted the entire piece with leftover satin latex paint from my kitchen makeover.
- After lightly sanding to show a little wear, I added fabric purchased at Hancock Fabrics to the fronts, using Mod Podge.
The icing on the cake of this beautiful makeover were these gorgeous drawer pulls from Hickory Hardware:
This makeover was inspired by this dresser makeover I shared a little over a year ago:
I kept the pulls that were original to the piece because I just loved them. The pulls I chose from Hickory Hardware were very similar:
They are beautiful and very nice quality. They are also something I would not be able to find locally.
I love how this little piece turned out:
A set of these would make pretty night tables although they are quite shallow. Perfect if you need space savers! I moved mine near my entry as a catch-all table. It’s nice having those drawers there!
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