Ikea Rast Dresser Turned Mid Century Show Stopper
This simple Ikea Rast dresser got a modern update for our new foyer.
The Ikea Rast dresser is a staple in DIY makeovers. It’s super inexpensive and, unlike lots of Ikea products, is made of wood! I’ve been drooling over this sideboard for years so I decided to turn my $40 Ikea purchase into something chic and modern and more appropriate for our new foyer! I’m working with a new material to me: flexible trim/ flexible moulding. It’s not necessarily budget friendly, but it did exactly what I wanted it to do!
Modern Ikea Rast Hack
Step 1. Build up the kick plate
The bottom kick plate of the Rast dresser is inset from the drawers so I needed to build this up so it would be flush. A 1×3 piece of common pine fit perfectly but, in hindsight, I probably could have used the included kick plate and tweeked how assembled this part of the dresser. I used wood glue and my brad nailer to attach the 1×3.
Step 2. Measure for trim
I used a ruler to mark guidelines for the trim. I didn’t mark out the arches themselves but the trim naturally curved where I wanted it if I lined it up with the straight lines. I marked out where the new handles would go as well to make room for them.
Step 3. Attach the trim
A nail gun is important for this and, as you can tell, I was distracted by wrangling my trim so I didn’t take pictures. Essentially I made sure to nail the trim close to the edges of each drawer and then every inch or so along the curves. I had to hold the trim in place firmly before nailing. It helped to train the trim a bit in advance before nailing it in place.
Note that I’m attaching the trim right over the three drawer fronts. I’ll cut the trim in the next step.
Step 4. Cut the Trim
Obviously we need to be able to open and close the drawers, so I used my Dremel multi max to cut the trim any place there was a gap (bottom kick plate and drawers).
Step 5. Caulk and Fill nail holes
To fill in around the molding, use paintable caulk. And then to cover the nail holes and the predrilled holes for the cabinet knobs, use wood fill. Sand smooth.
Step 6. Add support blocks for furniture feet
The dresser as-is felt awfully short so I wanted to elevate it with some furniture feet. (I picked up these acrylic ones last spring!) To create a space for the feet to attach, I needed to sister some 2×4 sections into the sides of the dresser. I used wood glue and wood screws to attach these pieces. The feet that I used had a center thread that I needed to drill a hole for and then I could screw them in place.
Step 7. Paint
I wanted this to feel modern so I used a high gloss latex paint. I should have sanded the dresser first. It’s a smooth wood for sure, but the high gloss paint magnifies every little imperfection so… lesson learned.
Once you factor in the full cost of materials, this dresser cost me about $100 so it’s not necessarily a budget project. That said, I love the way it turned out and I suspect something like this would cost much more. Also… it’s always fun for me to see whether my ideas will actually work so it was nice to scratch that DIY itch!
- Ikea Rast Dresser
- Wood Glue
- Flexible Moulding
- Acrylic Feet
- Brass Handles
- Brad Nailer
- Dremel Multi Max