Happy Tuesday! Things have been crazy busy around here lately. My oldest is starting kindergarten this week. He’s doing the half day program so I’ll still get to hang with him for most of the day, but he’s super excited about starting at his new school.
Today’s project is a fun little challenge sponsored by the lovely folks at Hickory Hardware. Here’s the details: Hickory Hardware contacted us and 8 other DIY bloggers and asked if we’d like to participate in an IKEA Rast Hack challenge. They sent each of us an IKEA Rast dresser, hardware from Hickory Hardware, and a gift card to Menard’s to purchase Pittsburgh Paint & Stains, and any other supplies we wanted to use.
The IKEA Rast is a very basic 3-drawer chest just begging for some bling. It’s smaller in size, more like a nightstand than a dresser really.
For the challenge, we were asked to use Pittsburgh Paint & Stains “Trim Door and Furniture Paint” from Menard’s. This is an oil-based paint, and with all oil-based paints it has a strong odor so it’s best to use it in a well ventilated area. It also has a long drying time (at least 24 hours), but the best part is we only had to use one coat. We chose “Antique Beige” for our paint color but to me it’s more of a grey tone than a beige.
With our gift cards to Menard’s, we purchased wood to build a top for the dresser. We also added a bottom so we had something to screw the legs into. We cut a 1″x4″ piece of wood to fill in the gap at the bottom, and purchased trim for the drawer fronts.
Now I have to admit our initial plan didn’t work out for this dresser. We’re going to try it on another dresser soon so I’m not going to give away the details, but when it didn’t work we were stumped with which direction we should go with this dresser. We had already painted it and ordered our hardware, and I was having serious creative block on how to finish it.
The next day we were picking up a few things at JoAnn’s and I found this burlap. The flowers on the burlap were an exact match to the paint we used on the dresser. I know this because, sloppy painter that I am, I had some of the paint on my forearm. We decided to bring some of it home and see if we could make it work.
We cut the burlap to fit the drawer fronts and used this easy method for adhering burlap to furniture.
We finished it up by adding these gorgeous knobs from Hickory Hardware. I love that the design on the hardware sort of mimics the flowers on the burlap.
Hickory Hardware will be sharing all of this month’s IKEA Rast hacks on their facebook page so fans can vote for their favorite. You can vote for our IKEA Rast hack by clicking the link below.
Update: The contest is now over, and our dresser took 2nd place! Thanks so much to everyone who voted for us.
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