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, for the most part.
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!
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!
Here’s how I pulled the look together with my IKEA Rast 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 CeCe Caldwell Pittsburgh Gray
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.
Let’s take another look at those fabulous pulls because I love all the chunky goodness! These guys are heavy and constructed with quality craftsmanship. They fit in perfectly with the rustic industrial style I was going for in this transformation. They were sent by Belwith products creating an enjoyable campaign showcasing 10 bloggers visions for a unique IKEA Rast hack.
So, do you look at paint sticks differently? I found mine at Menards. They are not your typical paint sticks and my head is spinning with more DIY ideas for these babies!
Disclosure: I was compensated for this post via Belwith products, but I have to say that my opinions on IKEA, creating a strategic shopping plan, and paint sticks are all my own.
Sharing with: Moonlight & Mason Jars @ Cherished Bliss
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