IKEA Rast Hack

Hello friends! Today I am sharing my very first IKEA Rast Hack. I am so excited that it actually turned out!


ikea rast chest hack


What can I say? I do love me some great shopping at IKEA. So, when our family travels down to Naperville, IL to visit relatives I make sure that I have my ‘to buy’ list ready. I also try have a strategic plan all laid out on the building map.


Yes, our family needs a map with a plan. There is way too much stuff eye candy in IKEA. We have to stay on task.

Otherwise, the kiddos get halfway through the first floor and are ready for that yummy hot dog & ice cream!

With a list of what we need, we can make it into a treasure hunt for the kids and shopping goes way smoother….until we get to the stuffed animal bins and disco lights! Oy vey!


ikea rast hack

One of the pieces that was on my list for the next shopping trip was the IKEA Rast chest. I love to buy pieces that I can transform in some way.

This is the beauty of IKEA products. They are just waiting for you to put your unique stamp on them.

An opportunity to turn the ordinary into extraordinary.

Which brings me to….paint sticks.

They are rather ordinary and utilitarian.

But, when paired with the IKEA Rast and some chunky hardware-well, ooh la la!

It is like finding that fabulous outfit and the coordinating accessories to turn heads!

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Instructions for constructing this IKEA Rast Hack:


ikea rast chest hack

First 5 steps:

1. Cut and nail flat trim to the drawers and sides of chest.

2. Cut and nail a 1×4 to the bottom front.

3. Cut and nail screen trim to the top.

4. Fill knob holes with wood filler, let dry, sand

5. Paint entire piece. I used chalk paint. Specifically, CeCe Caldwell, but any chalk paint in a gray finish will create this look.

ikea rast hack

Next 5 steps:

6. Cut & stain your paint sticks, along with the top 1×4’s (which will create a tray). I used a combo of Minwax Golden Oak with Walnut.

7. Nail paint sticks to drawers and sides of chest.

8. Seal the entire piece with poly.

9. Add your hardware pulls and attach the top tray with L-brackets.

10. Accessorize.

ikea rast hack dresser

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Source list for supplies used in creating this IKEA Rast Hack look:

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So, do you look at paint sticks differently?

I found these at Menards. They are not your typical paint sticks and my head is spinning with more DIY ideas for these babies!


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    • Thank you Kristen. The paint sticks from Menards fit perfectly. They were meant to go on this cabinet.

  1. The tray top is such a great idea! It really adds good height and the way you have it styled is perfect! I have one that I added legs too but the top is so weird I wish I had thought of this.
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    • Thank you Jennifer. I am actually using it in our girls homework room under a counter height table, so it slided in/out of the area perfectly. I will be posted the entire piece soon! Happy Spring.

    • Wow. Thank you so much Emily! I am so happy I was asked to participate with such a talented group of bloggers!

  2. I’m just stopping by to let you know that your Ikea rast hack will be featured at our party tonight at 7 pm! Woo Hoo! We appreciate you bringing such amazing things to our party. I hope to see you tonight. Lou Lou Girls
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  3. Michelle- Thank you for linking up to Friday’s Furniture Fix! I’m absolutely smitten with this IKEA Rast Hack. Your furniture makeover was selected as one of our favorites this week! You are welcome to hop on over and grab an “I’ve been featured…” button for your blog if you’d like! Congratulations! I always love your work!… Carrie

  4. Simply amazing!!! You did a stunning job of creating a unique industrial look. I love it! I am IKEA deprived living in Alaska, but it’s fun to drool over other people’s creative hacks. Well done!!!


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