At 7 months I didn’t realize little P would already need extra storage for her belongings. I didn’t want to purchase anything too expensive nor too bulky as I have a strict budget and am limited in space. With this in mind, I knew I had to be creative.
That’s when I decided to pay this wonderful place, called Ikea, a visit. Ikea is a great place to find inexpensive pieces that would do well in any space or room. Many of their items can be easily modified for optimal use or for better aesthetic finish. One of these items is the RAST 3-drawer chest. As of late, many DIYers have turned this chameleon of a dresser into beautiful masterpieces, styles ranging from the ever so trendy mid-century dresser to the sophisticated elegance of the campaign dresser. Some have stuck with its original use for storing little items, while others have transformed theirs into nightstands and even bar carts!
I wanted a minimalistic and clean aesthetic, staying within white and natural wood with an accent colour and print. Something that would evoke a Scandinavian minimalistic mountain home feel.
Let’s get started!
- IKEA Rast 3-drawer chest
- 4 round tapered legs
- 4 top plates
- 2 cans of White spray paint in Gloss finish
- 1 tester container of Sunkissed Apricot in Gloss finish
- 1 roll of paint tape, 1 inch
- 200 grit sandpaper
- Phillips-head (crosshead) screwdriver
- Flat-head screwdriver
- Hand saw
- Wood strip (I used a 1″ x 1″)
Note: A couple of materials are not pictured because I didn’t realize I needed their use until the moment I needed them, lol.
Have your hammer and screwdrivers nearby. Assemble the Rast drawer.
Once assembled, I proceeded to install the leg plates on the bottom of the dresser and that’s when I came across my first problem. The dresser didn’t have a connecting piece of wood along the back to support the plates that needed to be installed in the corners. Luckily, I had a 1″ x 1″ wood strip laying around and used that as support. Measure and cut the needed piece. Because I’m not a professional and had limited tools and materials at hand, I used a regular 1″ finishing nail to secure it in place. I nailed in a slant, so fingers crossed it holds better. (Once A finds out what I did, he’ll probably redo it and use the proper tool.)
Next, grab the tapered legs and plates.
Install the plate on each corner of the bottom. Just a head’s up, the piece of wood that crosses along the bottom frontside (that comes with the dresser) is slightly raised. I had two choices; 1) Install the plate directly on top of the raised wood, regardless of the slight sloping it provides; 2) Install the plate a tad higher, only screwing in the side parts. I chose the latter, and by doing so it hid the front plates, which I preferred.
Hold off on screwing on the tapered legs until later – it makes painting the dresser easier.
The tedious part in next. Tape the pattern you want in place. I had a very simple pattern, but even this was time consuming. I honestly think I could have done a better job at making sure the width of the triangle was even and consistent, but I was starving and hot. With a paint brush or a rolling brush, paint inside the taped lines. Wait until it dries and paint your second coat.
When the second coat of the triangle paint dried, I took the each drawer out and did more tedious work of re-taping each one to ensure I get the edges. I did the last coat of paint, totalling to 3 coats. I used the spray paint to paint the body of the dresser white. The 2 cans of spray paint was enough for 2 coats. I like the antique-y look of this white (also thanks to my sloppy painting skills). However, if you want an evenly coated white look, by all means add another layer of white paint. Once that’s dry, screw on your tapered legs.
Finally, sand the dresser and the painted triangle of the drawer. Sand lightly otherwise the paint may come off. Use a rag to wipe off the dust. Screw in the drawer knobs and you’re finished!
Make sure to properly secure the dresser to the wall by using the wall anchoring kit, included with the dresser, prior to using it.
Enjoy your new Scandinavian-inspired minimalistic dresser!