I don't mean to brag (too much) but I gotta tell you all that living just over an hour away from IKEA rocks. Before our move to Minnesota last spring, an IKEA trip would have been planned months in advance and would have most likely been an overnight trip. Now, it's nothing for us to decide a day or two in advance that a trip to IKEA in the Cities will happen. And even though we've been there a dozen times in the past year, I still get overwhelmed every time I'm there because the minute I walk in the doors my mind is flooded with ideas.
So when I was invited by Hickory Hardware and PPG Voice of Color to participate in the IKEA Rast Hack Challenge I accepted immediately because although it's the middle of winter, and we're freezing our butts off here in Minnesota, I knew my handsome handy husband and I could handle it - especially since we sprung for a garage heater when we built our new house.
After bouncing some ideas back and forth with my handsome handy husband, we decided to turn the IKEA Rast dresser into a vintage apothecary cabinet on casters.
I was provided with the RAST 3 drawer dresser and my choice of hardware from Hickory Hardware and PPG Voice of Color. We chose the Windover Antique Caster Assembly and 3 In. Oxford Antique Windover Antique Cup Cabinet Pull. After all of that arrived, the only thing I had to do was visit my local PPG store. Lucky for me, a brand new PPG paint store is opening here in Rochester. The owner Scott was kind enough to invite us into his new store, Prairie Vista Paints located at 1720 2nd Street SW before it officially opens later this week. After we talked a little about the look we wanted to achieve with the RAST dresser, he suggested a few products and we decided on PPG Paints Break-Through! (more on that below).
The first thing we did was assemble the dresser leaving off the drawer fronts to the drawers because in order to give the dresser an apothecary cabinet look, the drawer fronts needed a slight modification. My handsome handy husband clamped a piece of wood to 1/3 of the drawer width to the fence of the saw blade to give a consistent cut. Then he set the depth of the blade so that it would only cut about halfway through the wood. This way he was able to get a consistent cut depth and distance on each of the three drawer faces. To give more of a gap between the faux drawer fronts, he moved the piece of wood he had clamped to the fence down an additional blade width and passed the blade through again. This gave about a ¼” overall space between the faux drawer fronts. This could also be accomplished with a table saw or router as well.
Since the bottom of the dresser is open, he added scrap wood (1x3) so there would be a place to attach the casters. He then added short pieces of a 1-1/8” hardwood dowels to attach the casters to the scrap wood.
The above image is an upside down view of the dresser with scrap wood and hardwood dowel pieces attached.
Scott from Prairie Vista Paints highly recommended PPG Paints Break-Through! paint that ended up being fantastic to work with! This product adheres to just about anything including galvanized steel, masonry, laminate, concrete, plastics, and interior wood. The dry time was even quicker than chalk paint and clean up was simple with just soap and water. I didn't have to seal it afterwards either which is nice because it's one less step to deal with.
To give the faux drawer fronts depth, we taped off the lines and used the black PPG Break-Through! paint. After the black paint was dry, I filled the holes on the drawer fronts where the original hardware would have been placed. After the wood filler was dry and the excess sanded off, I then painted the entire dresser with the brown PPG Break-Through! paint.
Before the brown color was completely dry, I went over the entire thing again with the black. I made sure to have very little black paint on my brush and just lightly brushed over the brown. On the image above, the drawer front on the left is just the brown paint, and the other two have the black layer.
After everything was dry, the drawer pulls were attached.
We also added a piece of butcher block to the top of the dresser to give it a more substantial and finished look. I added a few extra coats of the black paint to the butcher block top so it didn't blend in completely with the rest of the dresser.
The result is a vintage look apothecary cabinet that fits perfectly in the space and was completed in just a few hours!
Some time later this week, you will all be able to vote on your favorite IKEA Rast Hack on the Hickory Hardware Facebook page. When the voting is up, I will be sure to come back and update this post with the link!