Chandelier Dresser – IKEA Rast Hack


Hey guys!  I finally finished up the IKEA Rast hack I told you I was working on.  Projects sure do take longer with three kids at home all day (two on summer break, and Baby E is already 8 months old!).

Backstory:  A few months ago, I made my first trip to IKEA which is over an hour away from our house.  I was actually so nervous on the way because I wondered if it could live up to all the hype!  The store was so much larger than I could’ve imagined, and when we left I was really satisfied with my purchases.  I went there planning to buy a Rast (I painted one before – this Suitcase Dresser – which was sent to me as part of a sponsored blog post) because it’s inexpensive and I really wanted to have some creative fun with it.  As luck would have it, the Rast is usually about $35 but we found one in the clearance section already assembled for about $25.  SCORE.  It must’ve been a floor model and it was in perfect condition.

The reason I didn’t start working on it right away was because I had way too many ideas for making it over.  Just when I thought I had it finalized, I was shopping at Hobby Lobby and found this poster, half price:

Chandelier Dresser - IKEA Rast Hack by Girl in the Garage

I knew it would be an awesome decoupage project.  Thankfully the width was perfect, and I could easily trim the top and bottom to fit on the drawers.  I cut and glued the panels on with Mod Podge, and we brought the bottom panel forward about an inch to be more flush with the drawers.

Chandelier Dresser - IKEA Rast Hack by Girl in the Garage

The body was painted in Warm Black chalk finish paint by Handmade Modern – an 8oz sample was on clearance for $2.98 from Target, and I used almost the entire thing.  I used this because I wanted a true, deep black unlike the dark gray finish of Graphite.

I considered buying new pulls, but with ~$40 already into this project, I opted to paint the hardware that came with it.  I did come up with an easier way to do it though – I poked the screws through extra cardboard so I could paint all the way around the knobs at once.  Easy peasy.

Chandelier Dresser - IKEA Rast Hack by Girl in the Garage

For the topcoat, I used General Finishes High Performance Topcoat which I’ve heard great things about.

And here’s the fancy finished Chandelier Dresser:

Chandelier Dresser - IKEA Rast Hack by Girl in the Garage Chandelier Dresser - IKEA Rast Hack by Girl in the Garage

I pulled out part of my camera collection to photograph with it.  <3

Chandelier Dresser - IKEA Rast Hack by Girl in the Garage Chandelier Dresser - IKEA Rast Hack by Girl in the Garage

Chandelier Dresser - IKEA Rast Hack by Girl in the Garage

So, what are your thoughts?  Do you love/hate it?  I’d love to know!

I think I’m going to have to go back and buy more Rasts to redo.  Haha

Just for fun, here’s the other IKEA Rast hack I did last year:

Suitcase Dresser - IKEA Rast Hack by Girl in the Garage

Have a fabulous weekend, friends!  We’ll be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary!  <3

Jen

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6 Comments on Chandelier Dresser – IKEA Rast Hack

  1. Just Justin
    June 17, 2016 at 11:52 am (2 years ago)

    Oh My Word!!!! It looks GREAT! You did such a good job lining it up…it almost looks like the image was painted on to the drawers. WOW! 🙂

    Reply
  2. Robyn
    June 17, 2016 at 3:19 pm (2 years ago)

    LOVE IT!! Great job!

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  3. Coreen
    June 17, 2016 at 3:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow that is stunning great job

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  4. Heidi Ackley
    June 18, 2016 at 9:02 am (2 years ago)

    That came out super great!

    Reply
  5. Marie, The Interior Frugalita
    June 18, 2016 at 1:12 pm (2 years ago)

    I LOVE this makeover, Jenn! I love a good IKEA Rast hack and this one is no exception. Any girl, young or old, would be drawn to this. Such a great poster to use. Pinning to share 🙂

    Reply

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