Fancy Blue & Gold Chest – IKEA Rast Hack
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hickory Hardware. I was provided with an IKEA Rast Chest, beautiful hardware from Hickory Hardware and a gift card for supplies. All opinions are 100% mine.
A while back I was contacted by Hickory Hardware to create a makeover on an IKEA Rast Chest using their hardware.
If you’ve never seen an IKEA Rast Hack before, they are very utilitarian.
It is super inexpensive but also super plain! ($34.99)
Adding a few pretty touches, like the hardware, can (and will) totally transform this piece, however.
And…without costing you a fortune to do it.
As you can see…
Night and day. Just like I like it! ;)
I love a “wow” transformation. Those are the most fun.
I don’t think I will ever tire of it.
That’s one of the reasons I love to makeover old, dingy, broken and/or dated thrifty finds.
Or IKEA Rast chests. ;)
So….first things first.
I decided to add ball feet and a new top….
My husband cut the top to fit for me. You can also get your local hardware store to do the same.
I didn’t love how the bottom piece of wood was inset. You can see what I mean in the before photo at the top of the page.
So my husband came up with the great idea to just unscrew and move the piece to the front.
No extra wood required.
He’s so smart. :)
Next I added wood to the bottom/base of the chest for the ball feet to attach to…..
Just old scrap wood is fine. No one will see it anyway!
I never throw anything away. (my husband did all of the wood cutting for me but again, you can get your local hardware to do this for you)
View from the side where they are attached.
The screw on the left is the board we moved to the front.
The other two screws are for new boards just attached.
You can see the ball feet attached here….
They are simply screwed into the wood base I attached.
Then I decided to sink (and replace) the rest of the screws so that I could fill all with wood putty for a clean finish.
I added decorative trim at the top because there was a gap once the new top was added.
And used the same trim to create that decorative box on the front of the drawers.
The hardware I chose to use is called Queen Anne Lancaster Hand Polished Pendant Cabinet Pull.
They are beautiful! Hickory Hardware has so many knobs/pulls, etc, to choose from is was hard to decide.
But these finally won me over ….
Aren’t they pretty?? (and very inexpensive at $4.19 each!)
They make the piece, in my opinion.
Hardware can really do that.
I only ended up using three (instead of the six this chest originally had).
Three was plenty especially with the new design I gave it.
I just filled in the holes before painting and drilled new ones in the centers.
For the top, I painted it blue like the rest but decided to paint a gold edge to match the hardware.
I also thought a gold raised back would be a pretty addition.
This blue and gold combo is a favorite.
I was actually inspired by a thrifty makeover I did recently…. Thrifty Makeovers Repurposed – Jewelry Tray.
I attached the trim pieces on the front with wood glue.
Those pendant pulls are just so delicate and lacy looking. I love them.
What a difference a little paint, wood trim…and pretty hardware makes!
This was such a fun and creative project to work on! I enjoyed coming up with a brand new look for this plain Jane little IKEA chest.
Thank you to Hickory Hardware for supplying me with it, the pretty hardware and gift card for the wood materials.
Would you like to see a few more awesome makeovers??
Check out my friends’ IKEA Rast Makeovers below!
Stop back by to see how I turned this from drab to fab next! ;)
UPDATE!!! See it now, here!!
You did a wonderful job! Love your choices…you are very talented and have great taste!
Thanks so much for the kind words (that made my day! ) Kim!! :)
Looks terrific Nancy!! Great job! I love it!
Thank you!! It was a fun one to tackle! :)
Wow, you really did a great job! It is so “rich” looking. I love it, I really like the color combination and the way you staged it. It is lovely.
Thank you so much Sally! :)
That color combo is a favorite!!
This looks absolutely beautiful, Nancy. I love the blue and gold color combination and the pulls that you selected. Where are you going to use this pretty piece?
Thanks Paula!! :)
I have no clue…I have officially run out of room!!!
Wow, looks amazing!! Great work!
Thanks so much!! :)
It doesn’t even look like the same piece of furniture ~
It’s so pretty.
And I love the little balls on the bottom of the dresser. Such great ideas.
The ball feet are my favorite addition to the piece! :)
Happy Easter to you too.
You did a fabulous job on this IKEA Rast Hack – it’s gorgeous. Love the lacey hardware you used too. I’m a silver girl but I would put this gold embellished piece in my home in a heart beat!
Thank you Marie! :) I’m not too much into gold but I am coming back around to it lately!! ;)
The chest is beautiful. I love the hardware. It is very quaint.
Thank you! :)
I think the hardware is the pretty finishing touch on any piece! So many great options out there too!
I keep seeing these everywhere! I love yours…it makes me want to get one and see what kind of damage I can do. :)
Oh yes Andi!! You should!!! It’s fun to play and transform. I’d bet you could do some major damage to one (in a good way! :) )
Stunning! If you hadn’t shown the “before” no one would recognize it as an Ikea Rast piece. Love the color combo and adding the ball feet and wood trim is just perfect. If you don’t have a place for it, I do! :)
P.S. What gold paint did you use?
Thank you Pat! :)
I used Rustoleum Gold Metallic Spray paint but then went over it to “antique” it a bit (to match the hardware) with Bronze colored Gilder’s Paste.
It turned out the perfect shade to match!
I love it!!! It’s seriously classy looking! xo
Thank you Karen! It was fun transforming it! :)
Great makeover! Love how you turned the dresser into something unique & sharp!
Thank you!! :)
This is absolutely gorgeous! I adore the color combination and I admire your skills in adding extra embellishments. Fantastic work, pinning!
Thanks Sam! :) and thanks so much for sharing too!
Woooowwwww!!! Semplicemente bellissimo !
Siete bravissimi, vi ammiro molto e mi avete dato molti spunti interessanti !
Grazie per la voglia di condividere la vostra bravura e fantasia !
Un saluto, Stefania ( Roma – Italy )
Thank you! I am glad you like it and are inspired! :)
Looking forward to the update on this! I got a Rast for my b-day, and I’ll be doing a hack on it for my bathroom. It’s nice and ‘shallow’ for use in a small place.
Is the Rast chest available still? I just looked and don’t see it online anymore.
Oh, hmm, I’m not sure? This post is a couple years old but I thought that was a popular little chest.
Oh that’ll be perfect with it’s size Julie! I’m actually thinking I’ll use mine in the small space in my foyer. I have ideas and can’t wait to get working on it! xo
Love what you did with this chest! It went from dull and plain to gorgeous. The pulls are stunning. Love the gold trim and especially those ball feet!
Thank you Barb! :) I really loved this one so much! Sadly I was never able to sell it so it’s getting a brand new makeover soon. (I’m going to keep it for my own home) I’ll be sharing it here once it’s done…again! ;)
Gorgeous! What is the name of the blue paint? X
Thank you Linny! It was Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan and I believe I did a mix of Aubusson Blue and Provence. I’m sorry I don’t have an exact mix ratio for you!