Pittsburgh Paints & Stains and Hickory Hardware are sponsoring a blogger competition that I’m excited to be participating in. Each blogger was sent an IKEA Rast Dresser and asked to give it a makeover.
*You can see all nine hacks HERE, and you can quickly vote (via Facebook) for your favorite. There are so many creative transformations! If you love my makeover, I would love your vote! Thanks SO much!
The IKEA Rast is a small, basic dresser. Like all things from IKEA, it required assembly. My son helped me assemble the dresser, and I was dreaming of what it would become.
Below is my inspiration and vision for the dresser:
This is the Mirelle Three-Drawer Dresser from Anthropologie. It’s BEAUTIFUL, but it’s $1700! I was determined to get the look of this luxury piece by giving my Rast dresser a makeover.
Here’s my supply list:
- IKEA Rast Dresser
- (4) Colonial Elegance® Country 1-5/8″ x 1-5/8″ x 7-1/2″ Hemlock Stair Divider Baluster
- (4) Colonial Elegance® Metal Stair Baluster Fasteners
- (2) KOK Woodgoods 46″ Long Oak Corner Guard
- (1) 3/8″ x 3/4″ Embossed Hardwood Moulding with Ovals Pattern
- 12 1/2″ x 26″ Piece of Scrap Wood
- Pittsburgh Paints & Stains Trim, Door & Furniture Paint
- 1-1/8 In. Park Towers Satin Dover Cabinet Knob
- Wood Glue
- Trim Nails
- Permanent Paint Pen
- Loctite PL Premium Polyurethane Construction Adhesive
Once the dresser was put together, I took the drawers to a glass company (special thanks to Delaware Glass & Mirror in Muncie, Indiana!) where they cut mirrors for the drawer fronts.
Then I picked up the rest of my supplies from my local Menards.
I started with several decorative trim pieces. I used the 3/8″ x 3/4″ Embossed Hardwood Moulding with Ovals Pattern on the top and bottom of the dresser for decorative accents. I put the two KOK Woodgoods 46″ Long Oak Corner Guards on the front corners. They were extra long, so I measured and cut them to size.
I used wood glue to attach all the trim. I added a few finish nails to the corner trim pieces.
The trim pieces were all clamped and left overnight to dry.
The next day, the legs were added. The legs were made out of (4) Colonial Elegance® Country 1-5/8″ x 1-5/8″ x 7-1/2″ Hemlock Stair Divider Baluster.
The block at the top and bottom was removed.
These are such an inexpensive leg solution!
They were added using (4) Colonial Elegance® Metal Stair Baluster Fasteners.
The top of the dresser is not ver pretty, and it needed to be special.
For the top, a piece of wood was cut to size.
Wood glue was added to the top of the dresser.
And a few holes were predrilled to the wood top.
Then the top was attached using glue and nails.
The corners were so sharp, and I sanded the top and sides and rounded out the two front corners.
My dresser was starting to look pretty fancy…
I bought two quarts of Pittsburgh Paints & Stains Trim, Door & Furniture Paint in Vintage Beige (which has a beautiful grayish look) and Antique White. This paint is great because it has a gel consistency which allows for easy applications – there aren’t drips and it goes on smoothly! It has a beautiful finish with no brush marks and it comes in five ready-mix colors.
I painted the entire dresser in Pittsburgh Paints & Stains Trim, Door & Furniture Paint in Antique White.
Then I went through and sort of dry brushed with Pittsburgh Paints & Stains Trim, Door & Furniture Paint in Vintage Beige for a more vintage look.
The mirrors hadn’t been permanently applied to the drawer fronts yet – they were only on using screws. I placed the mirrors on a flat surface and added lines to give the look of the small pieces of mirrors using a permanent paint pen in gray.
Once the paint was dry, I glued the mirrors onto the drawer fronts using Loctite PL Premium Polyurethane Construction Adhesive.
I glued little star embellishments to the mirrors – similar to what the Anthro piece has.
I added the Hickory Hardware knobs (1-1/8 In. Park Towers Satin Dover Cabinet Knob) and my dresser was almost complete!
This piece required a little extra details in the drawers.
I added starched fabric to the drawers. (To see a full tutorial on using starched fabric in decor, click HERE.)
And my dresser was done!
The smaller dresser size makes the perfect nightstand in our bedroom, and I’m in love with my faux Anthropologie piece!
UPDATE: I’ve dealt with cracked mirrors thanks to my 4-year-old. See all the details HERE.