RAST IKEA Hack

Love this IKEA RAST hack. All you need are a few supplies to make over this cheap ikea dresser into a sleek modern mid century dresser or night stand.

Sometime you purchase a piece of furniture and you love it.

You see it from across the room and your eyes meet. It’s almost like you have always known each other. It’s an easy relationship, no work is required. The piece is already in its perfect condition and you see no need to alter it.

Then there are those times that you see a piece of furniture from across the room and your eyes get large.  You take a quick glance to your right and to your left.

You start to get a big fat smile on your face, but not too big.  You don’t want anyone else to see how excited you are to find it.

You have this feeling deep down in the gut of your stomach, you know how to make that simple, imperfect piece of furniture, awesome.

It’s almost like the friend you always wanted but just haven’t found yet.

Meet my new friend, my latest RAST IKEA hack.

I love IKEA.

An awesome IKEA hack is pretty cool too.

The good news is, they probably aren’t going to run out of these dressers anytime soon.

Let me show you how I made over this simple RAST IKEA dresser.

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I assembled the dresser according to the instructions, except for one piece. The very bottom front piece below the third drawer is designed to be set back about 1 ½ inches.  I made this piece flush with the front of the frame. I had to drill new holds and use wood screws and glue to secure it in place.

Love this IKEA RAST hack. All you need are a few supplies to make over this cheap ikea dresser into a sleek modern mid century dresser or night stand.

The other modification that I made was to flip the entire piece over and add a board along the back of the dresser. Making it flush with the back and bottom of the dresser.  I used wood glue and screws to secure it in place.

Love this IKEA RAST hack. All you need are a few supplies to make over this cheap ikea dresser into a sleek modern mid century dresser or night stand.

I wanted this RAST to look more modern and updated.  I found these awesome 4″ legs at Home Depot as well as these mounting plates.  Each mounting plate is screwed into each corner.  Then all you have to do is screw the legs into the mounting plate.

Love this IKEA RAST hack. All you need are a few supplies to make over this cheap ikea dresser into a sleek modern mid century dresser or night stand.

Love this IKEA RAST hack. All you need are a few supplies to make over this cheap ikea dresser into a sleek modern mid century dresser or night stand.

Love this IKEA RAST hack. All you need are a few supplies to make over this cheap ikea dresser into a sleek modern mid century dresser or night stand.

After the legs are now on it is time to add an awesome design on the front!

I used the knob holes on each of the draws as my guide.  All of the points on all of the triangles ( on either side of the drawers as well as the one in the middle)  meet in the line of the knob holes.  Does that make sense?

I used 1 inch FrogTape for the tick lines, and  0.25 blue painters tape for the narrow lines.

Love this IKEA RAST hack. All you need are a few supplies to make over this cheap ikea dresser into a sleek modern mid century dresser or night stand.

Love this IKEA RAST hack. All you need are a few supplies to make over this cheap ikea dresser into a sleek modern mid century dresser or night stand.

I have used oil based spray paint before but I have ever used it from a can. I decided that I wanted to have a really smooth durable surface on this dresser so I decided to give the canned Rust-Oleum oil based paint a try. 

Oil based paint is a beast to clean up, not going to lie.  I decided to use a foam brush for this reason.  It does not leave the cleanest stroke lines, but after doing 3 coats of paint (letting it dry really good between coats)  I am happy to report that this dresser is very smooth.

I ended up painting all of the taped off places on the front of the dresser, both sides, and the top.  I love love how it turned out!

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Love this IKEA RAST hack. All you need are a few supplies to make over this cheap ikea dresser into a sleek modern mid century dresser or night stand.

Love this IKEA RAST hack. All you need are a few supplies to make over this cheap ikea dresser into a sleek modern mid century dresser or night stand.

Love this IKEA RAST hack. All you need are a few supplies to make over this cheap ikea dresser into a sleek modern mid century dresser or night stand.

Love this IKEA RAST hack. All you need are a few supplies to make over this cheap ikea dresser into a sleek modern mid century dresser or night stand.

Love this IKEA RAST hack. All you need are a few supplies to make over this cheap ikea dresser into a sleek modern mid century dresser or night stand.

 

The FREE printable that is on the wall in these pics is available over here.

If you are looking for an awesome rug, this is the one I got.

The floor pouf is a DIY that I made.

What do you think of my RAST IKEA hack? 

Love this IKEA RAST hack. All you need are a few supplies to make over this cheap ikea dresser into a sleek modern mid century dresser or night stand.

 

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Comments

    • says

      Amen girl, you need to get there ASAP!! hahah. I just found out a few weeks ago that IKEA does parcel shipping. Which means it could take a while for it to get to you but it is pretty low cost shipping, depending on where you live. You should check into it. Thanks for stopping by!

    • says

      Thanks Terry! I really like how it turned out. Sometimes I have an idea and it doesn’t always go how I envisioned it would, this went perfect. Thanks for letting me know about your party, I will come link up!

  1. Suzy Ray says

    Moving that bottom board forward makes such a difference in the overall look. I have rast dressers as the nightstands in my master bedroom, but I just painted them a solid color and changed the knobs. Yours is such a fun transformation.

    • says

      Thanks Suzy! These would be perfect for night stands. I originally thought it would stand taller. Even with the added legs it is still quite small. For now it works really well for my daughter. You could always move that bottom board up and add some legs, just saying! haha

    • says

      Thank you Crystal. I like the final product and my daughter loves that she can open and close the drawers all by herself. I hope the geometric trend stays around for a while, it is so fun!

  2. Cassie says

    This is lovely! Two questions: Did you cover the screw heads on the side? If so, how?
    Also, do you have a source for glass pulls you can share?

  3. Lindsay Oli says

    I was hoping to copy your RAST IKEA hack for my daughter’s nursery. Do you think I’d be able to get the same effect if I used the IKEA Hurdal dresser instead? the http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90268848/

    How did the white rust-oleum paint wear for you over time? Did it scratch or chip easily? Did you have to coat the entire dresser with any type of finishing spray?

    • says

      Hey Lindsay. I think it millwork with that dresser. The paint that I used was oil based paint and it wears exceptionally well. It probably would be a good idea to add a layer of polyurethane, but I never got around to add it. The dresser still looks really good though.

    • says

      I know!!! I have to limit my IKEA shopping trips, otherwise I end up spending all the grocery money there…haha. But honestly, I love that place. Have a great weekend Brittany.

  4. says

    I love how you every detail you added to this dresser – the legs, the wood and white look, the geometric design. It is such a pretty statement piece now.
    Thanks for inspiring me!
    Suzanne

  5. says

    Love the pattern you created on the Rast. It’s totally something my dd would love for her room. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday. Pinned.

  6. Caitlin says

    Okay. First of all. I am in LOVE with this hack. Second, Im looking into buying an unfinished ikea dresser and making it my own. I really like the Hurdal 9 drawer but I want to make it a little more modern. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the product, but it just looks a bit dated. I just love the 9 drawers (and price). So my question is, do you think I could add legs to it?? What would you do? Add 4 or 6 legs? I’d really appreciate the advice!
    Xx-
    Caitlin

    • says

      Hey Caitlin! I had another reader ask me about using the Hurdal. I really think that it would work well. You might have to come up with a slightly different design since the drawers are larger. I would definitely add legs to it. That will totally transform the dated look. For my RAST hack I got some legs from home depot. There is another place you can get legs, they sort of make legs specifically for ikea stuff. Here is the link. http://www.prettypegs.com/us/ If you makeover the dresser please send me a pic, I would love love to see it.

    • says

      Hey Jamie. I just measured it and it is just a little bit bigger than 23- 1/4 inches. Its about 23- 1/4 inches plus another 1/16….does that make sense. It is basically the width of the inside of the dresser. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other question!! Thanks.

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