IKEA HACK: Rast Dresser Makeover

Ikea Hack Rast Makeover

Love an Ikea Hack? Me too! I bet you can tell that by now with all the fabulous IKEA Hacks I have been doing. This one is even more fabulous. I have decided to give my aunt’s new IKEA Rast Dressers a complete makeover. When I helped her picked this dresser out at first, I knew that I wasn’t in love with the raw wood look to it. It needed to change because it just didn’t match with her decor. I could have chosen to spray paint it (because I am a proud spray paint trigger happy person) but instead I choose to stain it.

Before staining, I had help building it. I found that the wood was not a smooth as I was hoping and actually very rough on the skin. Good thing, I now have a sander so sanding this dresser was easy. No more doing this by hand, thank goodness! After using  Black & Decker MS600B Mouse Sander Polisher with Zone Touch, it was ready for staining.

It wasn’t until they were both built and I got out my leftover can of  Minwax 22718 1/2 Pint Wood Finish Interior Wood Stain, Ebony that I realized staining it would have been a lot easier if I had done it without it being built.

However, I came up with with ways to get the stain onto smaller hard to reach nooks and crannies. It’s a simple trick and it worked fantastic on this project. By using a small paint brush (the ones your kids use to paint with or dollar store ones.) I was able to get to all the sections that I needed.

Next, I allowed it to dry. It did not take too long for it to dry because it was a hot day out when I was working on it on the balcony. It also helped that while one was drying, I was working on the other one. I wish I remembered to put painter’s tape at the bottom of the drawers so that it didn’t get stain on it, but I forgot. Lesson learned.

Time for the clear coat. For this project, I used my leftover can of Minwax 23000 Fast Drying Polyurethane Gloss, 1/2-Pint for a nice smooth shine on this dark dresser. Started on the outside of the dresser then worked on the drawer doors. I left each drawer open so that it can dry evenly then I allowed it to dry overnight.

Day 2 of this project, I did a second coat of the clear coat on the dressers. While it dried all day, I was spray painting by using Krylon 51511 Silver Interior and Exterior Decorator Paint – 11 oz. Aerosol on the dresser handles taking it from blah to glam!

Once everything was dry, it was time to put the silver handles on and move the dresser back inside. I place these drawers into my mom’s walk-in closet and stacked them one on top of the other. There was one thing that was really bothering me… the inside of the drawers. I know that no one really sees the inside unless you take out all of the clothing that will soon be inside, but I felt very unprofessional if I didn’t come up with something to hide it.

Saw some leftover decor paper and self adhensive decor paper that I had laying around. I cut it to the size of the bottom drawer and added four wall mount stickers to each corner in case one day my aunt decided to change it. I didn’t have enough for all the drawers so I came up with a pattern.

Overall, this dresser got a real transformation! 


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18 Replies to “IKEA HACK: Rast Dresser Makeover”

  1. Love the dresser makeover!! Hard to believe its the same one!!

  2. Wow! I can't even believe it's the same dresser! That is incredible. You did such a good job.

    1. Thank you so much, Kait for you kinds words! I am happy you enjoy it!

  3. Great Job! Love the patterned paper inside! Thank you so much for linking up to Merry Monday this week! I am sharing your post today on our MM Pinterest Board. We hope to see you next week for another great party! Have a great week!

    1. Thank you, Kim, for sharing this post on your Pinterest board! I really appreciate it!

  4. Love it, Great transformation. This is an excellent proyect for a college student dorm. Thanks

    1. Thank you, your right this would work great for a dorm room!

  5. you rocked this! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

    1. Aww, thank you so much! See you at the next party Katherine!

  6. This is gorgeous. The paper in the drawers was brilliant! It looks so amazing. I did a bit of sharing! LOL. Thank you for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

    1. Aww thank you so much, Michelle, for commenting and sharing this post! I appreciate it!

  7. Why is it, we always figure the easiest way, AFTER we did it the HARD way? lol
    Here from Sunday Features.

    1. Lol I have no idea but its happens to me a little too often.

  8. Your dresser makeover came out FABULOUS. LOVE the contrast colored knobs. Thanks for sharing it with us at SHARE IT 25, on http://www.FineCraftGuild.com Love having party with us and looking at your contribution. Hope to seeing you this coming weekend again! ~ Rose

    1. Thank you, Rose! I can't wait for the next party!

  9. Great job, it looks fantastic!

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