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DIY: IKEA Rast Dresser


Its taken me just shy of two years to get this DIY done.

I purchased the rast dresser at IKEA always with the intention of painting it. But with living in Philadelphia with no backyard/patio/balcony, where does one paint? Luckily, now that I’m in the ‘burbs, we finally buckled down and painted (in our living room!)

It started with a trip to Lowes following some of  Caroline’s advice from her blog, Armelle blog. Her DIY is here and really where I planned everything

We started by wiping it down, and taking the knobs off. We didn’t sand it and instead just used Kilz Primer to prep the wood with sponge brushes. She sites them as her secret to making it smooth and I totally agree with her. We did go ahead and use a more traditional brush for the actual paint though. We didnt need to wait as long as the Kilz said between coats because it was drying pretty quickly, but depending on your climate, I would suggest waiting longer.


For the paint, I chose a high-gloss Olympic paint in hidden meadow. This was the most difficult part of the project to decide on. DIY’s aren’t fun if you have to add so much money into them you could have instead bought something that would look better for less. I decided to not buy any sort of sealer and instead just go with the high gloss for the shine- I’m really glad I did as it looks like it has a sealer on it!


I bought some gold knobs at anthropologie to give the dresser a more polished look. They have a hint of art deco in them in my opinion.


And the finished product… ta-da!


I think it was worth the wait to have this charming piece!

Author: as GOLD as it gets

Newlywed. Aspiring Cook. Goal Digger. The voice behind

3 thoughts on “DIY: IKEA Rast Dresser

  1. Great Job!! You should send Doug a pic!!

  2. Love it! Good job!

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