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IKEA RAST Dresser Hack

IKEA RAST Dresser Hack

Are you ready to see how to change the life of an IKEA RAST Dresser Hack?

IKEA RAST Dresser
IKEA RAST Dresser

I am not talking just painting the drawers and changing the hardware – but a true IKEA RAST dresser hack that converts into this beautiful new piece of furniture.

Ikea RAST Dresser Hack to Wine Cart
Ikea RAST Dresser Hack to Wine Cart

We were invited to complete the IKEA RAST dresser hack by Missy and our sponsors PPG (The Voice of Color Paint line) and Hickory Hardware.  They have completely paid to send us all the great items you will see in our hack.  A big thank you to them all.  We are so excited to have been chosen to design and create this IKEA RAST Dresser hack!

So…without further ado…lets show you what we did.

We took the Ikea RAST dresser from the package, and started to gather our ideas.  We used a majority of the piece sent to us and a couple scraps from our shop to make this beautiful Ikea RAST Dresser Hack become a one of a kind wine cart!  Don’t you just dig it!!!

We started by assembling the sides of the dresser.  Once completed, we added a bottom, and inserted a wine holder made of wood and metal from Marshalls for $9.99.  We cut the sides to fit, added a cute little trim piece and attached to the bottom.

Ikea RAST Dresser Bottom Shelf
Ikea RAST Dresser Bottom Shelf
Ikea RAST Dresser Hack Wine Rack
Ikea RAST Dresser Hack Wine Rack
Ikea_DryFitWineRack
Ikea RAST Dresser Hack – Dry Fit Wine Rack

 

Once we had the wine rack set, we moved on to the drawer.  Knowing we wanted to add stem wear holders, we decide to take the drawer front and cut it down, giving us a secret drawer to store cute little goodies like wine stoppers, pullers etc.  Isn’t the hardware from Hickory Hardware to die for?  We just love the affect it provides our wine cart.

Ikea_TrimDrawerFront
Ikea RAST Dresser Hack – Trim Drawer Front
Ikea_DrawFrontTrimCompleted
Ikea RAST Dresser Hack – Draw Front Trim Complete
Ikea RAST Dresser Hack - Completed Drawer
Ikea RAST Dresser Hack – Completed Drawer

Once we complete the drawer we then affixed the stem holders, paid for by our sponsors, to the top.  We were able to find and attach four wine glass holders that matched the Hickory Hardware.  How sweet is that 😉

Ikea RAST Dresser Hack - Four Wine Glass Holders
Ikea RAST Dresser Hack – Four Wine Glass Holders

Once our build was complete we selected an elegant Black Magic paint provided by our sponsor PPG (The voice of color line). This paint was a dream to work with and is 100% Latex with a zero VOC Low Odor control.  As the Black Magic color dressed up our Ikea RAST Dresser Hack wine cart, we could tell this was high quality and would provide just the look we wanted.  We added some light distressing and then used a top coat to seal the paint.

Ikea RAST Hack Dresser - PPG Paint
Ikea RAST Hack Dresser – PPG Paint
PPG painted side panels
PPG painted side panels

LOOK AT HER SHINE!

Completed Wine Cart
Completed Wine Cart

To complete the look, we attached the beautiful and elegant side and front handles from Hickory Hardware.  The sleek one of a kind look brought the wine cart to life – totally showing this little IKEA RAST Dresser Hack would never be recognized as anything but an elegant wine serving cart.  We completed the look with a piece of American Walnut which we food grade oiled the top to bring it all to life.

Ikea RAST Hack Dresser - Hickory Hardware
Ikea RAST Hack Dresser – Hickory Hardware
 Hickory Hardware
Hickory Hardware
 Hickory Hardware
Hickory Hardware

So – can you even tell this was ever a dresser?  I sure can’t.  We truly put our all into making this wonderful piece of furniture so you could see it does not just have to have a painted front and new knobs – it can become a completely different piece of new furniture with a little imagination.

IKEA RAST Dresser
IKEA RAST Dresser
 Completed Wine Cart
Completed Wine Cart
IKEA RAST Dresser Hack - Hickory Hardware
IKEA RAST Dresser Hack – Hickory Hardware
IKEA RAST Dresser Hack - Completed Wine Cart with accessories
IKEA RAST Dresser Hack – Completed Wine Cart with accessories
IKEA RAST Dresser Hack - Completed Wine Cart with accessories
IKEA RAST Dresser Hack – Completed Wine Cart with accessories

Well, that completes our IKEA RAST Dresser Hack.  We hope you loved the Wine Cart – and again we want to thank our sponsors who helped make our hack possible – PPG – The Voice of Color – IKEA  for the RAST Dresser and Hickory Hardware who provided the lovely bling that completed our wine cart.   Until next post – Keep on building!

Pst…Make sure you follow our great Sponsor PPG at the following links!  You will not be sorry – their site has valuable information!

Xoxo – Linda

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

DIY Dresser with Country Chic Paints

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Hey guys – It’s been a long while since I posted anything and I apologize for that but it’s been crazy busy at Hello I Live Here –  so to make up for it today let me tell you about our DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints today.

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

We partnered with Country Chic Paint to show you this awesome new chalk style paint that has quite a following already. We completed a lovely dresser of an older style that just screamed for a bright setting and Tropical Cocktail color and Simplicity white, followed by a coat of the Tough Coat Clear, which lived right up to its name.

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

This DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints was started by cleaning first with a little cleaner.  I let the dresser dry completely and wiped down with a second wet cloth so there would be no OxiClean left that could attach to the country chic paint, I do this with every brand of paint I use regardless, it’s just a good practice to start with a clean furniture – and this is the reason why – look at how stunning this!

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Then I got started – I painted the sides and top of the dresser first with white creamy, Simplicity color.  It went on like silk, was easy to control, very low streaking with the brush, and dried in an amazing chalk like finish.  I completed 2 coats on the dresser, not because the first coat did not cover, but because it is my preference to paint every piece this way, regardless of the expense.  I love rich furniture and 2 coats complete this for me.

DIY Dresser Country Chic PaintsWhile drying, I moved on to the drawers where I added the Tropical Cocktail color of a turquoise blue.  It’s amazing, vibrant and rich on the piece.  It too moved on the brush like silk, and dried with that wonderful chalk paint finish we have all come to expect from other brands.

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Using the rest of the Simplicity White Paint – I added this lovely Martha Stewart Stencil from Michaels.  I love how it brought the piece to life. 🙂

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Once the piece dried, I coated the whole thing with 2 coats of tough coat.  It worked amazing, dried tough, but gave a low shine finish you want for cleaning, but that lovely appeal you want when your furniture is making a statement.  Check out those burlap handles from Hobby Lobby 😉 fancy!

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Now that you see the amazing results on my lovely dresser, what do you think?  Let me tell you a bit about this wonderful paint, because Hello I Live Here will be using this line again   One happy DIYer here 🙂  All because of Country Chic Paint.

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Country Chic Paint is a chalk and mineral based paint that is specifically designed for us Dryer’s.  This awesome paint is VOC Free, contains no harmful solvents, and could not be easier to use, just look at our wonderful results!  This fab paint collection allows you to make a piece look beautiful with a smooth matte finish and you have to love the delicious color choices like this Tropical Cocktail.  The paint line can be fully distressed for that antique old finish, or the very popular shabby chic look everyone is craving these days.  For me the best part – very little prep work – and fabulous results and don’t forget tutorials!  – You heard it hear – Hello I Live Here is all in!  Want to try it – Click here! 

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

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DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Try the product – I am sure you will love it as much as we did.  The results are stunning.  Hello I Live Here wants to thank Country Chic Paint for partnering with us on this delicious dresser.  You are a wonderful company and brand I will be using again.

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Well, that’s our post for today about our DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints.  Stop by tomorrow as I show you a wonderful product called Wood Icing.  I think you will be amazed.  Don’t forget to find us on Facebook, Hometalk, and Bob Vila Nation where we share our fun post with all their readers too 🙂

Cheers,

Linda

DIY Storage Bench from old Dresser

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

DIY Storage Bench from old Dresser

Would you make a DIY storage bench from old dresser if you could have both extra seating and the storage?  We are in the middle of a conversion folks! So happy to be back and build a project everyone! Arm is feeling better  I thank you all for your warm wishes to get well fast – see it worked – so even though it snowed today, I am taking advantage of feeling good and whipping out a project inside the house today –  DIY storage bench from old dresser.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

From the moment I found this dresser, I knew it was destine to be part of our villa.  Look at the fab lines this baby has – You can’t get furniture like this any more.  This is Sligh Furniture made for John A Colby and Sons out of Chicago (check out the history links to the piece and you will see why I could not part with it).

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

We are prepping for upgrades to our living/dining/kitchen combo inside our villa.  Hubby, and daughter helped me out by finishing the colors on the walls – so I could set up my design boards for colors of the next few projects on our list for the next few months.These little boards are the road map that helps you get a room to its finished state, allowing you to enjoy every feature inside it.  The fabrics are from Hancock Fabrics, tile back-splash is from Home Depot, wood flooring will be from Boardwalk Hardwood Floors, and counters are open for bid with the first bid coming in from Aphrodite Granite – Most are local small businesses here in St Louis.

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

While prepping the color boards and choosing all my fabrics, I looked over at an old sleigh dresser I painted into Valspar Man Cave Grey from Lowe’s and AS Old White a couple months ago.  I feel in love with this piece because it’s awesome storage, but after looking closer, I will now turn this piece into something functional a DIY storage bench from old dresser for our living needs was the perfect project to tackle in this cold.

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

This one piece of furniture will act as room divider between living and dining, providing seating for our living room and storage for all those extra place settings I use on a nightly bases and want in our dining room.  Yes readers, I am Linda and I have a dishware collection problem – but what a great problem to have 😉

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

Over the next few days I will show you how we will take this one dresser and make it all we need to enhance our living and storage space, and make our life better living in a smaller space! So stay tuned as we go through the process over a couple days – with the arm issue, I will be taking this one slow so I hope the three day post on this piece will not drive anyone crazy – because I value all my readers and following bloggers, so thank you all for the patience.

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

Well, I am off to get to work on our new DIY storage bench from old dresser!  Keep warm everyone (we are at -3 with the wind in St Louis today – I know that its worse in other places, but for St Louis – this is COLD, which is why  I am working inside today).

Post you more progress soon!

Linda 🙂

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

 

Hi Everyone!  Today I have been working hard on a new project (a thrift store furniture makeover actually!), but it’s not quite ready to showcase yet.  So today’s post is going to highlight some of our past thrift store furniture makeover finds.

I love thrift store furniture makeover finds because they become something new with a little time and creativity. You just never know where you find the next treasure.  To me there is nothing better than old furniture no one else wants to deal with.  The best challenge of my day to either paint it, or turn it into something new, like our other post on our Part 1 of our china hutch re-do – (ps – the bottom is almost ready!)

To breath life into a thrift store furniture makeover piece, you simply have to have the love for DIY, a creative technique, and a few pieces that want to be loved again.  Here are a few before and after shots of some of the pieces Hello I Live Here has completed.  Each of these pieces have found new homes in and around our Ballwin area.

Here’s a desk I have been trying to date.  Since it looked old, I did some research before I said paint! Does anyone know anything about this piece that restores furniture and may be a reader?  Please let me know with a comment below.

Thrift Store Furniture MakeoverI know, I know somethings should not be painted, (remember the debates on our last post!) but if you are going to love it and unless it’s worth big bucks, then I take pride in just adding new life to these old thrift store furniture makeover pieces.  So come on, sometimes it just feels good to paint it!

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

This dresser you see below was found at a thrift store.  It was in great shape, but no one loved the old brown style. Painting it grey and cream – gave the piece a more masculine feel – We fell in love with it and are redesigning our living area upstairs around this one piece.  I know what you are thinking – that dresser was a find – It actually was at $39.95 – I did some research on this great old piece – It’s a John A Colby furniture piece!  It turned out Sleigh Furniture made this gem – and its worth $1,400 if I return it to it’s original gleam – So someday after we are done loving the paint – we will get it restored back to it’s old days!

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

Painting is a great way to relax, add new color to your world or just make another person happy when you send that piece into the wild.  There is nothing better than an inexpensive thrift store furniture makeover find that sports a fresh updated look.  But the best thing is it can happen with just a little color, time and creativity!

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

The next time you’re out looking at yard sales or thrift stores, really look hard at the pieces you see.  Sometimes that little roughed up piece with a tiny bit of muscle and creativity can become a gleaming new piece for your home.

Happy thrift store furniture makeover everyone!  See you tomorrow!

Linda

DIY Dresser

DIY Dresser - Finished Product

DIY Dresser with 5 drawers

Hi everyone!  Hope your Monday has been wonderful 🙂  Tonight, I am going to share with you a great set of plans I got from ana-white.com, her fabulous DIY Dresser with 5 drawers.  Our oldest daughter needed a new dresser, but hated the high furniture prices, and the fact she could not find a bedroom dresser she loved.  Browsing through Ana’s site I came across her plan for the wide cabin DIY Dresser.  After getting our daughter’s approval, her father and I got to work building this fantastic bedroom dresser!

DIY dresser - Almost complete
DIY Dresser – Almost complete

It was an easy build, and took us a weekend to complete, down to the staining of the DIY dresser.  Here is what we did:

1. We read the plans from front to back, and precut all our Select Pine Lumber and PureBond plywood we purchased from The Home Depot.  We then marked out all the Pocket Holes (PH’s) as suggested by the plan by drilling 3/4″ holes using our Kreg Jig, and attaching the pieces with 1 1/4″ Kreg screws  and glue (Curt loves nails as well, so he also added a couple nails using the Ryobi Cordless Nailer. We were relieved to find how easy it was constructing this part of the DIY dresser 🙂

DIY Dresser - Wood for the project
DIY Dresser – Wood for the Project
DIY Dresser - Wood for the project
DIY Dresser – Pre-Cut Wood

 

DIY Dresser - husband making careful measurements
DIY Dresser – Measurements
DIY Dresser -Side panel
DIY Dresser -Side panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Once finished, we attached the legs as directed with 1 1/4″ PH screws, and attached the bottom with 1/2″ and 2 1/2 screws (we used Kreg brand screws and love them).

DIY Dresser -Side panel PH screws and glue
DIY Dresser -Side panel PH screws and glue
DIY Dresser -one side panel complete
DIY Dresser -one side panel complete

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Moving through the plan, we added the front and back trim, watching the DIY dresser take come to life.  We took Ana’s advice and added the dividers as we went along, and we were glad we did! (see plan).

DIY Dresser -drawer frames attached
DIY Dresser – Frame
DIY Dresser -aligning the drawer frame
DIY Dresser – Aligning Frame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. We continued the process until we had the frame and dividers complete, making sure we were accurate with the dividers by using our level.  This helped with adjustments, and got us to the next step quickly.

DIY Dresser - the completed frame
DIY Dresser – the completed frame

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. In step 5, we build the top using PureBond Plywood and attached it with 2″ Kreg screws as the plan advised through 2×2 top trim (we were feeling great about the build – because it was exactly as the plan stated). We then drilled 3/4″ pocket holes around all sides of bottom shelf and attached to side trim using 1/14″ pocket hole screws just like the plan suggested.

DIY Dresser - attach the top
DIY Dresser – attach the top

 

 

 

Kreg Screws
Kreg Screws

 

 

 

 

 

6. Once we got the frame built and the top/bottom into place, we build the drawers.  Because we have had trouble with drawers in the past, we decided to fit each drawer to the opening making sure it was right the first time, allowing us to adjust as we moved along. (see plan)

DIY Dresser - Building the drawers
DIY Dresser – Building the drawers
DIY Dresser - installing the drawer glides
DIY Dresser – installing the drawer glides

7.  After fitting each drawer, we then added 1×2 pine blocking for drawer braces on the sides and under each drawer in the center for extra support (we know our daughter and what lives in her dresser, so we wanted the bottoms to have the support she needed ;-).  We installed the supports  3/4″ from front face frame as plan directed giving us room while installing the drawers.

DIY Dresser - almost finished
DIY Dresser – almost finished

8. Now that the braces were installed, we insert glides on to the drawers using the glides suggested that we bought at The Home Depot, and attach drawer faces using 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue”.  Standing back, we were very pleased with the view of the dresser.

Drawer Glides
Drawer Glides

9. Moving to the back, we attach 1/4″ plywood (PureBond) using 3/4″ nails and our favorite Wood Glue. We now had this beautiful dresser.

DIY Dresser - time to stain
DIY Dresser – time to stain

10. We filled the nail holes using Elmer’s wood filler and completely dried, and then sanded the dresser with 120 grit sand paper.  Once done, we cleaned the dust, and applied wood sealer to the pine and PureBond.  (This is standard on our projects, helping to keep stain bleed from absorbing to heavy and blotching the stain.

Elmer's wood filler
Elmer’s wood filler

11. We then stained the dresser using a combination of Minwax Mahogany stain and Espresso stain at our daughter’s request.  This gave the piece the darker color she was looking for with a hue of red inside the stain, matching her headboard and side tables.

DIY Dresser - Stained - time for the hardware
DIY Dresser – Stained – time for the hardware

12.  Last, we added Liberty 1-1/4 in. Hollow Cabinet Hardware to the drawers and delivered to our daughter’s apartment.  Here’s the finished project, living in it’s new owners suite!

DIY Dresser - The finished product
DIY Dresser – The finished product

Our daughter loves the dresser!  She now has five new drawers, an open dresser bottom for storage or baskets, and the height is perfect for her TV.  It was a win-win, and she got the dresser of her dreams thanks to Ana’s plans.  If you would like to build this piece you can get plans at Ana-white.com

Hope you all enjoyed the post as much as we enjoyed building and sharing it with you!  Here’s to a great Monday evening! 🙂

-LC