I recently stumbled upon an Ikea Rast makeover on Pinterest and I could not believe that a £20 chest of drawers could look so great. I had to try it myself. It happened that we were in need of a small shoe drawer for the hall. It turned out Rast would be just perfect for that. Let me tell you the outcome of my Ikea Rast hack surpassed my greatest expectation. Check out my step by step Rast makeover below.
1. Cutting to size
I decided to cut off the bottom part of Rast and fix the front bottom board underneath the bottom drawer in-between two walls. I have done that because I wanted to fix chrome polished legs to the chest to get that sleek modern look. To help you understand what I have done see pictures below; the chest has been along the red lines.
2. Painting & Waxing
To paint the chest of drawers I used my favorite Rustoleum Chalk Furniture paint- this time in grey (Anthracite). The colour as just perfect for the hall- not too dark and not too light. I applied two coats to get a high quality finish and then I sealed the colour with bees wax. Don’t forget (!) the paint colour will get slightly darker after waxing.
As I mentioned before I wanted our chest of drawers to stand on chrome legs so I slightly altered the construction of it which ultimately meant I had to come up with the idea of how to fix them. I already had a slim board to support front legs (taken from the bottom part of the chest) but I needed another one to be fixed at the back of the chest of drawers in order to support the back legs. I decided to cut one board out from salvaged pallets we had in our garage (see pictures below).
4. Finishing Touches
Chrome legs and chrome plated cup handles were purchased on eBay. I fixed the legs to the two boards underneath the chest of drawers and I replaced wooden handles with these vintage looking cup handles.
Perfect fit for that unused awkward space in the corner. I absolutely love it. It’s stylish, unique and it goes well with our Shabby Chic Organising Board.