Made of solid wood, which is a hardwearing and warm natural material, IKEA Rast chest of drawers is suitable for lots of modern ambiences and will look organic in each of them, especially if you hack it a little bit. Wanna find out how to do that? Let’s have a look at some ideas.
DIY Painting And Changing Hardware
Painting and changing handles is the most popular idea. Stain it with a stain color of your choice. If you want to seal it you can with a polyurethane. Add some new hardware. Voila! This is a basic transformation for IKEA Rast.
DIY Industrial IKEA Rast Hack
Wanna spruce it in industrial style a bit? Trim the top of the sides down to be level with the top of the dresser and puttied the holes. After the putty was dry sand it down with 120 grit sandpaper. Next prime the nightstand using an oil based primer and paint it the color you like. Take round metal things and cool square metal trim and cut everything to size and weld it together. Weld bolts onto the back of the overlays to attach them to the Rast drawers. After the paint is dry, drill holes into the front of the drawers to attach the metal overlays.
Secure these on the inside of the drawer with a nut. Cut and stain a piece of wood to be the new top of the nightstand. Use a hammer to distress the wood a bit before you stain it. Then glue it down to the top of the nightstand, use a nail gun to secure it in place and add a few clamps to help hold it down well until the glue dries completely. Then paint 6″ hairpin legs a hammered metal color to help match our metal overlay and let those dry. The last step is attaching hardware and voila!
DIY IKEA Rast Glam Hack
Wanna turn your Rast into a cool and chic glam piece? Prime the surface of the dresser and spray it with two coats of black lacquer spray paint. Using the blown-up photos, trace the motifs onto tracing paper, cut the stencil with an Xacto knife. Use gold paint to decorate on the motif, going over it freehand to fill in the gaps from the stencil. Finally, add elegant bronze ring pulls.
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