Sunday

IKEA Rast Dresser Hack


I love a challenge.

I love to create.

So a creative challenge is right up my alley.

And a creative challenge where everything is supplied compliments of sponsors, with the chance to win something, well heck yeah - I'm in!

I 'm anxious to show you all the details of this hack-redo-conversion, and what basically amounted to a total transformation, so all of the build details are included.

But first you.must.see.the.finished.hack.


Feast your eyeballs on this beauty........

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Now pop those same eyeballs back into year head so you can see the before.  

Can you believe this apothecary chest started out just a solid pine no frill, put together yourself IKEA dresser.....

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Yeah, well I'm about as amazed as you.  I said I like a challenge.

Pittsburgh Paints has a new trim, door and furniture paint that I was asked to try while also hacking an IKEA Rast Dresser with supplies from Hickory Hardware and our local Menards.

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Hickory Hardware allowed me to pick out what I wanted with their compliments on their web site, and it was a tough decision.

My first inclination was that I wanted bin pulls for the drawers, but I decided that although I do love bin pulls I wanted this to be different, so I went with hardware that had an old world look.

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Hinges, drawer pulls, door handles and a couple magnetic catches for the doors, and the chest pulled together very nicely if I do say so myself.

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I received gift cards to Menards to purchase the Pittsburgh Paint and other supplies.

Those purchased supplies consisted of the paint, brushes, and two pine boards and I was pretty darn happy to shop at Menards since it's the home improvement store we have shopped for 30 years.

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All three of our newly built homes were supplied by our local Menards, and I just gotta tell Mr. Menards.... in the internet blogging world of DIY, Menards is highly under represented.  It seems to always be about those other two competitors.

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This new Trim,Door & Furniture paint from Pittsburgh has different prep and use instructions than a wall paint or any style boutique paint I have ever used.  The guy in the Menards paint department said they don't shake it on the paint shaker.  It's like pudding and needs a prime coat under.

The paint is pretty tough stuff.  It goes on thick with nary a brush mark.  It is oil based so I had to open the front door for ventilation.  The day I painted happened to be really humid outside where I started painting it, so I hauled it back in the house then proceeded to let all the air conditioning outside with the open door. 

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My vision was to transform this into an Apothecary cabinet.  I sketched out my plans, checked stock on what we already had, and the man with the power tools and I headed to the garage to hammer and saw our way to IKEA Rast hack heaven.

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The top drawer was removed and the front panel from that drawer was cut to become the interior shelf....waste not want not.

The remaining two drawers were notched out and a faux groove was cut to make it look like each drawer actually had two small drawers.

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You'd almost never know there are not four small drawers on this.

The sides were framed out with some new pine, and grooves were cut right in to the Rast dresser to give it a bit of cottage charm once it was painted.

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The new top was raised and trimmed with some pieces of cove we already had in the garage.

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The added pine pieces on the sides beefed the whole thing up and brought the front out more so that the drawers would be recessed and the doors could be hung.

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The shelf on the bottom was also made out of new pine, supplied by Menards.

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But my favorite hack ingredient was the recycled dining room chair parts used for the legs.

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You may remember those darn dining room chairs that caused me so much angst for a year till they were finished.

Two of the chairs were originally captains chairs that we removed the arms on, and that gave me four former arms to turn into long lean curvy dresser legs.

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I took a cell phone pic right at the sellers house
Legs for the apothecary chest, instead of having bun feet like my original drawing.   

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Crazy cool if any of you want to know how I feel about those legs.

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I had to fill in the holes with some liquid goo that is similar to peanut butter, gets rock hard as it dries and was stinky enough to make me gag.  I made a note to buy new wood filler that didn't make me want to vomit.

Sand it and paint over it, and no one would be able to tell the legs use to be chair arms.

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The top, bottom and inside shelf, as well as the drawer fronts were stained with a custom mix of stains from Pittsburgh Paints that we already had from projects around the house.

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It was a stain cocktail, all mixed together till I got a brown color I liked.

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The Pittsburgh Trim, Door and Furniture Paint I chose is Antique white.  I picked up two colors and decided when I got home which I would use.
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This paint has a gloss to it that is hard to see in the other photos, but here is a close up after one coat. 

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The glass for the doors was harvested from one of the 10,000 old windows we've accumulated in the shed, that I cut to fit and lettered with vinyl shelf liner.

The letters are applied mirror reverse so they are on the inside of the glass pane.

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I think the Hickory Hardware I chose is the perfect compliment to the paint color and finished cabinet.
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I printed out some small numbers on vinyl for each of the drawer pulls.  And in Bliss Ranch fashion, each marked drawer means something to me.

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Herb, August 23rd
The typography includes the first letter of the first name from Brawns parents as well as from mine, and the numbers are the month and day they were born.

Or maybe the numbered drawers house a secret apothecary ingredient to mix up a magic elixir?

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I'm thinking of storing all of our emergency medical supplies in the drawers, like band aids, ointments, tweezers, dye to remove gray hair, you know those sorts of things.
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That four frame x-ray in the background happens to be of all the screws and nails holding my husbands elbow on. 

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I've had more than one person ask if they can have this beauty, but I don't want to give it up, so I have to find a place to keep it.

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I think this thing turned out pretty darn awesome.

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There are 9 contenders in this contest, which include a few friends of mine.

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I really like all the hacks, but even if this one wasn't mine I think it would still be my favorite.



***UPDATE*** This hacked IKEA Rast apothecary cabinet WON the contest! 
Thank you Hickory Hardware for such an awesome prize. 






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56 comments :

  1. Man Bliss, you really upped the game around here. This cabinet is the coolest repurpose and use of found items I've ever seen. I bow to you girl!!!

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  2. aaaahhhh!!! This is indeed the BEST piece I have seen from Team B&B! And I love that, with the exception of what has been supplied, it's all recycled!! I will vote EVERY DAY! Amazing.

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  3. This really is crazy cool...you just keep getting better, Bliss! Good luck in the contest!!

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  4. Beyond a doubt, this is my favourite of everything you've ever done. Absolutely fabulous!!! I want this cabinet. One night I will sneak in and steal it!!!

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  5. I am absolutely in LOVE with it, Bliss! Every doctor's office needs one of these! :)

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  6. Absolutely amazing!

    Judy

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  7. Wow! Wow! Wow! If I think of another emphatic enough word, I'll let you know......

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  8. Oh my! This hack is so amazing and gorgeous! You did an awesome job in transforming that Ikea dresser into something so beautiful! I'll be back to vote - and I do hope you win!

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  9. Fan.Tasssss.Tic! There is no way I'm going to like one of the other hacks more than this! You're such a stud.

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  10. Absolutely fantastic. I want, no I need that cabinet in my life stat. Please send it over immediately. It is so gorgeous.

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  11. JAW DROP. I don't even know where to start!

    This is truly the most beautiful transformation I've ever laid eyes on.

    And, love that it was so authentically personalized with one of the builder's xray... :D

    Sure fire win, Bliss! My voting click is ready!

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  12. Amazing hack and transformation!! You've taken it to a hole 'nother level!

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  13. That piece is just amazing! It looks so different from the original. You really are an artist. Do you ever watch the show Flea Market Flip on HGTV? I think you would love it. They make over pieces that are found from a flea market into something entirely different. Then they try to sell it.

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  14. Let everyone know when to vote! I think this is the best transformation I have seen this year.

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  15. I am picking my jaw up off the floor....GO BLISS, GO BLISS...you rocked it!!

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  16. Seriously woman!! I know I have told you before that I LOVE you..but this just made me LOVE you more!
    This is beyond amazing! Its INSANELY AWESOME!!! I don't even have anything sassy to say its so good! :)
    Hugs,
    Karin

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  17. OMG! OMG! OMG! That is AMAZING! Insanely so, as Karin says! LOVE!!! :)) Linda

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  18. Absolutely fantastic! And so original....you have so much talent and imagination! ;)

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  19. Just Awesome! AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME!!!!! Beautiful piece!!!!!

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  20. Wow! What an amazing transformation! You turned plain and boring into fabulous and unique! Love the addition of the legs! Great job Bliss!

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  21. What great ideas you have ! This is perfect. Some questions.... first, what does "rast" mean ?
    Next, I thought I read carefully, but didn't see where the doors came from. A piece of the dresser or something else you had laying around ?
    And... did you see something like this somewhere to give you the inspiration?
    Give us the link to vote.... I can't see how anyone else can do a better job than this!

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  22. Now THAT'S what I'm talkin' about! Truly creative.

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  23. It's been Blissafied!!!!
    Girl, I can barley type... my jaw is sore, from being on the ground.
    Holy mother of makeovers.
    You are just freaking ridiculously talented... it's almost unfair how much awesome you've got going on.
    Luv ya!! xoxoxo - Off to vote!!

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  24. If this doesn't win that contest, well, the rest of earth's inhabitants are just plain WRONG! Woman, woman, woman . . . what more can be said. Wonderful!!!!!

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  25. You are quite simply wasting your talents on whatever it is you spend your time doing when you are not spending it on furniture! I don't know how you see these secret personalities hidden inside regular old everyday things (like an IKEA dresser and sold old chair arms), but you definitely have a knack for it!

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  26. Once again you knocked it out of the park! The sum of all the details is outstanding but what a creative brain you have to think of the individual pieces...like those chair part legs, the grooves (I thought it was four bins), the raised top...that make up the whole. Totally awesome.

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  27. BAM, AND THAT FOLKS IS A HOME RUN! Wow, wow and wow again! I love so much.... now I'm off to share it everywhere!

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  28. Oh you're a rock star!!!!! Best transformation I have ever seen!

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  29. Oh WOW, this is my favourite Ikea dresser transformation ever! Amazingly creative! I would love it if you would share it this Thursday night at our "furniture only" link party… Friday's Furniture Fix. It runs until Monday night. www.patinaparadise.com

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  30. Wow...Amazing! I think you are a SURE winner!

    Carol

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  31. What a transformation! You are fortunate to have a vision and the skills to create.

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  32. I'm speechless! What an amazing Rast hack... It's STUNNING! You go girl!!

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  33. Love...Love...Love this! I voted for you!

    Sandi

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  34. Really, I think this is the best build I've seen.
    Would love to do this. So great!!
    Deb

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  35. This is the best IKEA hack I've seen and I've seen a LOT! I have a pinterest board called IKEA hacks :) I voted for you cause yours is the best - even though I like my own yours is just too too cool! Well done my friend!

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    1. Jill, spoken like a true friend. You rock.

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  36. I tried to pop my eyeballs back in my head and they wouldn't fit !
    This is out of this world fabulous Bliss - F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. ( in case you didn't know how to spell it lol )
    XOX

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  37. Frigging awesome!!! You've got my vote.

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  38. Oh My Gosh, this is the best Rast Hack I have EVER seen! No other had me gasp out loud. Heading over to vote right now.

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  39. Amazing transformation Bliss! wow!
    My favorite part? how you notched the (grab) drawers...it really brings it home in my opinion. and... ohhh the legs!

    of course I voted!
    good luck Bliss!

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  40. Awsome!! I think you have to win hands down!! Love the cabinet and of course everyone wants it but that is one to keep in the family and pass down! I am also signing up for emails, anyone who can do this type of work needs to be on my blog list!!

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  41. I love it ! You sure have my vote !

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  42. OMG Bliss, This is just FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  43. The BEST Rast hack I have ever seen!!!! I want one too!! 😊

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  44. This is just too awesome...Very creative.

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  45. You are a genius. See what I miss when I'm out of the loop? I voted for you and will continue to vote for you until my last breath.

    xoxo
    -andi

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  46. Wow amazing. First time on your blog, this was on my pinterest main page. Once of my followers pinned it. So I clicked thru to see. Do you have step by step instructions for this. Would love to try and recreate this but I would need more explicit instructions. Please let me know.

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    1. I need your email Monique, you are a no reply blogger. Drop me a note at blissranchboss@hotmail.com and I will give you more details on the build.

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    2. I just sent you an email, the subject has my name and apothecary dresser.

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  47. Wow! Its absolutely stunning!! Love love the repurposed legs. unless told, cant even make out it is from the rast dresser! Just voted for you, Good luck

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  48. I went to see all the contestants and I honestly loved yours far and above the others. I wasn't the only one as I was number 241 to vote for you. Then I ran out to our pickup and took the 3 chairs I had put in there to take to charity shop out and put them in the garage to use for a future project. Thanks for all the inspiration.

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  49. That was absolutely amazing!

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  50. I would definitely vote for this if there were a way to do it without being on fb.

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  51. I just saw this on the Kim Six Fix blog as your top post of 2015 and I can see why! This is amazing and if I hadn't seen the pictures might not have believed it was an IKEA hack. One of the best I have seen and love those "arms turned into legs".

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  52. So apparently I have been living under a rock, and obviously you didn't need my vote, but it would have been yours had I been on time to the party. Eyes popped, jaw dropped, and oops...I think I am drooling!!! BEST HACK EVER, hands down you are AMAZING!! Love it notches, legs, hardware (which I noticed is the same as I put on my boys lego tables, which I haven't posted yet, and means you obviously have good taste ;) and all!! So of course I pinned it! Yay Bliss!!!!!

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