When I started seeing how other creative bloggers and decorators were making over their IKEA Rast dressers, I knew had to get in on the action. I can finally report that these pieces are finished and in their respective home in my entryway. Continue reading to see how I revamped these dressers into one-of-a-kind pieces.
Priced at $35 apiece, the IKEA Rast dressers are a great deal for DIY makeovers and customizing. They’re made of pine (small downside) and are unfinished, so technically you don’t even have to prime them for painting. But I did, somewhat.
For most of the painting, I used Behr Premium Plus Ultra, which is latex paint with primer. I’ve used their line before on my vintage tanker desk makeover, and it seems to work well. I’m impatient, so I like that I can skip the steps (and mess!) of priming.
Of course, I didn’t want some plain, ol’ dressers, so I created a design. I cut a form with cardboard first and then traced the shape onto the fronts of the drawers.
I was actually inspired to create this bow-tie shape by the door handles on this thrifted end table I scored recently:
This version of a bow-tie isn’t something I’ve seen much in mid-century modern decor, so it had me at hello. I curved the ends inward so the shape would provide a balance to all the angular energy of the dressers and my entryway.
The gray is Sterling (flat), which I chose because it’s very light and cool. Gray is currently my favorite neutral and I love how light-colored furniture doesn’t crowd a room. I wanted my entryway to feel light and airy since it’s a small area and isn’t too separate from the rest of my space.
For the white areas, I used Rustoleum Painters’ Touch Ultra Cover latex paint (flat). For the finish, I used my Minwax Polycrylic in Semi-Gloss. It’s water-based, so you don’t have to worry about it yellowing your piece.
The drawer handles I picked up from Home Depot. I chose these because they weren’t expensive and their spoon-like shape further complements the bow-tie design.
What do you think of the makeover? Do you like light-colored furniture? Do you use it in your home?
Stay tuned for the deets on how these dressers played a role in my entryway makeover…