I’ve missed you guys! Life has been busy lately. So busy, I say BIZZ-ZAAAY! The kids are finally out of school (hooray!) and I took a break from tiling the shower stall to work on a fun Ikea Rast Hack. I just never tire of an Ikea hack, do you? I am a furniture lover and oftentimes look for quality pieces new and old, but I’ve been known to work in the budget-friendly finds too. I’m definitely a high-low girl when I work in my own spaces.
MID CENTURY MODERN AND BRIGHT IKEA RAST HACK
I was asked by Hickory Hardware to participate in an Ikea Rast Hack Challenge with 8 DIY and design bloggers. We each received an Ikea Rast dresser, our choice of hardware from Hickory Hardware, and gift cards to Menards to shop for Pittsburgh Paints, supplies, and other details for our hack.
The Ikea Rast retails for only $34.99 and is a blank canvas to put your own spin on it. It’s smaller in size and works well as a side table, nightstand, or small entryway storage. It is so versatile and it doesn’t take much money to make it your own.
For my Rast Hack, I wanted a mid-century modern vibe with a punch of vibrant color. I love MCM furniture and it mixes so well with other styles. The Rast is also the perfect size to store my Crosley record player on. It really is like they were made for each other–the scale is perfect. I’m calling this my Mid-Century Modern and Bright Ikea Rast Hack.
AS YOU SEE, THE IKEA RAST IS A PLAIN JANE JUST WAITING FOR YOU TO MAKE HER OVER:
FOR THIS HACK, I USED THE FOLLOWING:
Hickory Hardware 128mm Metropolis Satin Rose Gold Cabinet Pulls | Pittsburgh Paint Door, Trim, and Furniture Paint in Bright White (available in-store) | Pittsburgh Paint Grand Distinctions Paint & Primer in One Eggshell finish in Dalen’s Duck | 2-1/2 inch paintbrush and 1-inch paintbrush for oil-based/gel paints | protective disposable gloves | mineral spirits (to clean brushes), birch pressed board cut to fit the bottom of the dresser
*all of the above available at Menards
TIPS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR PAINTING WITH GEL & OIL-BASED PAINTS:
Gel and oil-based paints like Pittsburgh Paints Trim, Door, Furniture painting have a very strong odor, so work in a well-ventilated area. Always wear protective gloves. You will want to use a paintbrush made for oil-based paints. Brush painting is the best application. If priming, use an oil-based primer.
The great thing about these paints is that they are easy to work with and do not show brush marks. As the paint dries, any brush marks will disappear. They go on even and a lot of times you don’t have to recoat. You must allow the proper dry time before touching or placing items on the surfaces. I allowed a full 48 hours before I placed anything on top of the dresser.
I absolutely love how my hack turned out! I wanted something with a fresh and vibrant vibe and nod to MCM and I feel like I accomplished that. My Crosley has a new home and I added some pops of color in the decor with my DIY abstract art, tufted stool, glass knot, and pink peonies.
Please note that the only adjustment I had to make structurally to the Rast is adding a board to the bottom of the dresser. I just attached it with a nail gun. If you are adding furniture legs to get that MCM to look, you will need to have something at the base of the dresser to attach the legs into.
There are a GAZILLION Rast hacks all over blog land and Pinterest. I hope you enjoyed my take on it today!