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Let me begin by telling you that I admit without any shame that I do love me some Ikea furniture BUT some of it can be so boring I just can’t bring myself to put it in my house. One of these not so pretty pieces is the Ikea Rast. I found one for very cheap second hand. It wasn’t pretty but I just knew it was absolutely perfect for an Ikea Rast hack I had in mind and I’m glad I purchased it!
Now with much shame I will let you know that I’m still not done with my sons “nursery”, now big boy room. I have been going at it for two years and just keep getting sidetracked (bad mom!). I chose a nautical / coastal style theme for his room. I also admit I never really considered this theme for his room but one day as I walked past a home decor store I spotted a beautiful child’s book case in the shape of a boat perfectly finished with a very subtle grey wash. I HAD to have it! Then of course I got home and had no idea what to do with it because it matched nothing in my house and there the idea was born to create a nautical bedroom for my son. Perfect!
Once I put the bookcase in his bedroom I made this pretty starfish wall art. I found some beautiful starfish in a little shop in a seaside town we visited last summer. They where perfect to match his room. He also needed a nice lamp and when I found this total bargain I knew I had to give it a nautical lamp makeover!
It took me a while to finally decide what I wanted to do with the Rast chest and in the meantime my kids were making sure they completely destroyed it as it waited patiently for me to decide. I kid you not, these kids drew on it, bashed hammers on it, smeared food on it. They didn’t hold back. It was gross and I by the time they where done I struggled to look at it! 😛
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Ikea Rast Hack : A Unique Coastal Style Decor Transformation
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What you will need
Supplies and Tools for Ikea Rast Hack:
1 x Ikea Rast Chest
Old or new palette wood boards – Mine where free from a neighbour.
Electric Jigsaw – I love my Bosch
White Chalk Paint of your choice (I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint but there are cheaper options)
Finishing Wax of your choice (I used Annie Sloan Clear Wax but there are cheaper options)
Clean, lint free cloth
Here’s the before:
Before we begin allow me to show you this Ikea Rast Chest in all its former glory… not fabulous at all. It was sad and needed serious love. I think I see some food on it also. Thanks kids!
HOW TO RECREATE THIS COASTAL IKEA KALLAX HACK!
I started by removing the draws from the chest and removing the hardware. For this project I kept the original knobs because I felt the design I chose to put on the draws was enough, I didn’t want anything taking attention away from the pretty sea creatures I applied to it.
To recreate this look start by measuring the top of the chest in length and cutting your wood with an electric saw. It’s a small chest so it doesn’t require much wood. I was able to fit three and a half pieces of palette wood on the top of the chest. I also added a piece of wood to the bottom of the chest so that I could take the images all the way to the bottom of the chest. Set your pre-cut pieces of palette wood aside.
You will notice on a Rast Chest that you will find the top surface is not even. The sides slightly rise above the rest of the surface making it difficult to place on any other surface over the top without a gap becoming visible. I got rid of this obstacle by using a handsaw and gently removing these little extra pieces of wood. I was too scared of using my electric jigsaw incase I accidentally started sawing into the actual chest. I can be a bit clumsy that way! haha. Once removed I quickly gave a light sand to the area.
Now we are ready to attach the palette wood to this Ikea Rast hack! This is so simple. Put a good amount of wood glue over the surface then place the palette wood on the top of the chest, use nails and a hammer and start hammering away. I don’t recall how many nails I used but the beauty of a project like this is that you don’t have to make it perfect or hide the nails. Just place enough to secure down the wood. I made sure to keep a very small space between the pieces of wood. Once I secured the wood to the top of the chest I cut the excess wood off with my electric jigsaw.
Nail the last piece of palette wood to the bottom of the chest.
Give the entire chest and draws a quick sand using an electric sander, sanding block or sanding paper. Note that sanding is not required when painting with chalk paint but because we added the wood to the chest it is important to buff down the rough edges. Brush off saw dust, ready for painting.
I gave the entire chest two coats of paint. I didn’t completely cover the palette wood on the top as I wanted some of the wood texture to show through for a more coastal feel.
Allow 5-10 minutes between coats. I love chalk paint for this reason, the drying time is very fast, so you can get things done quickly. Perfect for busy moms! Don’t forget to paint the knobs unless you want them to stay their natural pine color. After I finished painting the chest, I did an image transfer of the sea creatures you see on the chest. See below for more information on this technique.
Once you have painted, transferred image and are happy with your project. All you need to do is get a clean white rag cloth that is lint free and buff on the clear/finishing wax over the entire thing. This step is vital to keep the paint on the chest protected. I didn’t want an aged look but if you like the aged look you can also use a tiny bit of dark wax in certain spots to give it a vintage finish.
HOW TO ADD THE SEA LIFE IMAGES TO THE IKEA RAST HACK?
Because Nautical is what I was going for, I thought it would be fun to add some nice images to the front of the chest. I wanted some beautiful images of sea life that where more realistic and I wanted to distress it to make it look a little worn. I found some beautiful illustrations on a website called Creative Market where you can purchase vector images that you can then transfer into Photoshop or Illustrator and create cool art prints or whatever else you want.
If you don’t have the time or skills required to do this and you like the exact images I put together you can download a free printable PDF HERE.
To see the exact method I used to transfer the marine life images to the chest, check out my image transfer technique post with a step-by-step guide on how to do this technique.
Now I have a beautiful dresser in my sons room that I am so proud of! Here is a little peek at his room.
Hopefully I finish it sometime this century! I have to say I’m very happy with the room so far, I’m just struggling to find the finishing touches and some nice curtains I love. But once thing’s for sure. I love my Ikea Rast hack!
Tell me what you think of it in comments! Would love your thoughts.
Have you hacked anything Ikea before? Let me know what you have done in comments!
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