One Ikea Rast Chest, 16 Amazing DIY Hacks to Try!

At $34.99 a pop, this 3-drawer chest seems to be the Ikea staple bloggers love to play around with most. Get inspired by these amazing hacks before reinventing your own

Curvy Wood Designs

 Curvy Wood Designs

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Sisters Candace and Nicole created elegant nightstands for a beautiful master bedroom by applying curvy wood designs to a pair of Rast dressers. To enhance the look, they spray painted them Benjamin Moore’s Dartsmouth Green and added decorative legs.

Get the how-to at craftysisters-nc.blogpost.com.

Wood-Stained

 Wood-Stained

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Blogger Rachel Samarin preserved the Ikea Rast classic look by staining the outside in Jacobean and painting the drawer fronts white. She added delicate brass pulls as a finishing touch.

Get the how-to at suiterevival.blogspot.com.

Light Blue with Gold O’verlays

 Light Blue with Gold O’verlays

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Interior designer Kirsten Krason turned two Rasts into bedroom nightstands while working on a client’s master bedroom. She started by painting them a beautiful sky blue before adding 12 gold O’verlays. Simple brass ring pulls completed the Draper style look.

Get the how-to at 6thstreetdesignschool.blogspot.com.

Bombay Mahogany with Light Green Drawers

 Bombay Mahogany with Light Green Drawers

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Blogger Ashley Sullivan used a wood stain for her Rast, but she chose Minwax’s Bombay Mahogany, a darker color. For the drawer fronts, she used an earthy green (Behr’s Sea Kelp) and installed six silver pulls.

Get the how-to at ashleysullivandesign.com.

Classic White with Gold Pulls

 Classic White with Gold Pulls

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Blogger Caroline Drake gave two Rast nightstands a classic but striking update by painting them both a bright white and attaching gold ring pulls. To get a shiny finish, she primed both dressers and then applied two to three coats of color with a foam brush, plus a polyurethane finish.

Get the how-to at armelleblog.com.

Ombre

 Ombre

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Kathleen Ann from Her Joyful Studio went the ombre route by painting the tops and sides of the dresser white and using three different shades of red from a Martha Stewart paint chip for the drawers. She replaced the wooden knobs with white, blue and brass ones that were just $2 each.

Get the how-to at Her Joyful Studio.

White with Light Blue O’verlays

 White with Light Blue O’verlays

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Inspired by Kirsten’s nightstand, blogger Priscilla Leigh painted her Ikea Rast white and added brass pulls. She then spray painted some O’verlays Winter Gray by Rustoleum and applied them to the dresser using Liquid Nails for a simple and chic look.

Get the how-to at tblps.blogspot.com.

Campaign Style

 Campaign Style

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Blogger Molly Madfis decided to turn her $35 Ikea nightstand into a campaign style dresser with a few coats of bluish slate colored paint and some stunning brass hardware. Similar styles sell for hundreds of dollars, but Molly created a stylish look-alike for a fraction of the price.

Get the how-to at almostmakesperfect.com.

Upholstered

 Upholstered

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Blogger Kelly Boudreau upholstered the chest with a heavy-duty linen fabric. She added nail heads and gold ring pulls to complete the look.

Get the how-to at helloboudreau.blogspot.com.

Asian Inspired

 Asian Inspired

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Interior designer Naomi Stein chose to push two Rasts together to create an Asian-inspired, campaign-influenced TV stand. Dressed up with high gloss black paint and exotic pulls and corner brackets, she created a striking piece of furniture that looks high end.

Get the how-to at designmanifest.com.

Studded Trim

 Studded Trim

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Blogger Danielle Gaddis used three Rast nightstands as one big dresser in her bedroom. To make the dresser really pop, she painted the nightstands a rich purple—Plum Good from Valspar in a satin finish—and added a studded trim in scalloped rectangles on the drawers. She admits this was a labor-intensive project, but the results make it so worth it.

Get the how-to at makingitwithdanielle.com.

Custom Top

 Custom Top

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To create a table for her entryway, blogger Ainhoa Vega Bayo built and stained a custom top—she made sure to add some overhang—and swapped the wooden knobs with prettier ones from Zara home.

Get the how-to at alittlebiteofeverything.com.

Black Draper Style Stencils

 Black Draper Style Stencils

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Blogger Marissa Waddell admits her Dorothy Draper style Rast hack was a lot of work but she’s smitten with the results. To achieve a super chic look, she spray painted the base and drawer fronts a glossy black and stenciled on a gold pattern.

Get the how-to at oost-home.blogspot.com.

Antique Walnut and Floral Knobs

 Antique Walnut and Floral Knobs

andiwithyou.com

Katie from And I With You stained the frames of two nightstands with Minwax Polyshades in Antique Walnut and painted the drawer fronts white. In place of the wooden knobs, she used a mix of ceramic, hand-painted knobs with hints of cobalt.

Get the how-to at andiwithyou.com.

Dark Stain with Silver Pulls

 Dark Stain with Silver Pulls

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To give her nightstands some height, blogger Vanessa Kleypas used pine boards and some molding. She stained her dressers a red mahogany shade followed by a darker shade to match the wood tones in her bed. Instead of wooden knobs, she used 12 silver pulls from eBay that were just $20, bringing the total for the entire project to $95.

Get the how-to at kleypas.blogspot.com.

Gray and Gold

 Gray and Gold

glitterandgoatcheese.com

To create a console for her dining room, blogger Stephanie Fisher painted two Rast dressers a grayish blue, applied antique decorative corners and brass ring pulls. To give it a smooth finish, she used Sherwin Williams ProClassic Acrylic-Alkyd -- a foam roller for flat surfaces and an angled brush for the crevices -- and sanded in between coats with fine grit sandpaper. She recommends using super glue to attach the decorative corners since the screws that come with them keep the drawers from closing.

Get the how-to at glitterandgoatcheese.com.

 

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