Monday, August 10, 2015

Katelyn's Fabulously Chic DIY IKEA Rast Hack

Good morning! Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed your weekend!! We are enjoying the monsoon thunder showers, that are a month late, but hey it really has been a mild summer here in Arizona, compared to past years. I will take a couple of days of 110+F, rather than a couple of weeks any day!

I did get my haircut, and now I look like a "Sassy Mom", with it all short above my shoulders. The milk painting class I went to ended up being more of a demo, but I still learned a couple of cool things to share. I didn't make it to the Grand Opening of the New Farmers Market in Scottsdale, but I am planning another trip sometime this week. My daughter had a friend over instead, and we made, if you haven't seen it, MeatLoaf and Melodrama's Oreo Poke cake for my husband's birthday yesterday! I am super excited, because I did in fact finally finish my daughter Katelyn's IKEA Rast dresser, and she absolutely loves it! It's not perfect, but I am very happy with how it truned out!

I think I stenciled those drawers about fifty times, before I started to get the hang of it. The top two corner motifs were my best efforts. I'm going to go back, sometime this fall, and fix the others. I can honestly say, my daughter didn't really care how imperfect the designs were,
 she loved it just the same.

After a couple weeks of looking for the wooden knobs that came with the dresser, I gave up and bought some more at Lowe's. I got the inspiration to paint the knobs, from my Oh My Heartsie Girl co-host Evija. Initially, I wanted the knobs to be all glittery and sparkly. My daughter said No! I did try Gold glitter anyway, and No, the metallic pearl , looks much more lovely!

A better look at the corner motif. Instead of working my way out stenciling, I worked my way inward, and saved the small, tiny areas for last, and barely tapping them with the paint, fighting the urge to paint, from side to side. All it needed was a light tap.

Here's Lindsay, back in January helping me put it together.
My husband said to start her young!
It really was a fun experience, from start to finish.

For the dresser, I did put several coats of primer, on first.
Followed by several coats of white gloss paint,
and finished with several coats of clear lacquer.

For the drawers and knobs, I didn't prime them, I just painted several coats of Valsper's Orange Pecan. I'd wait several hours between coats, unless you live in the dessert like me, where in 100F temperature, it only took about an hour to dry.
I stenciled the drawers and (lightly painted) the knobs with 
Folk Art's Pearl White Metallic #659E, and finished them with
Mini-Wax Clear Gloss Poly Urethane.

To tell you the truth, I can't wait to make one for my room as a night stand!

Folk Art's Pearl White Metallic #659E
Valspar Paint Orange Pecan (drawers)
White gloss paint (dresser)
Clear Lacquer on outer dresser
Mini-Wax Clear Gloss Poly Urethane on drawers

Wishing you all a great week!
Until Next time!!
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  1. Nice job! I love your daughter using the power tool. My 15 year old almost got all the IKEA bed together before she had to had help…the 4 underbed drawers were tough. The IKEA furniture is a good way to learn about putting things together. Linda

  2. I think you did a fabulous job and it is just adorable! I know she loves it! I'm glad y'all are getting some rain, I know it is much needed out there! I'm going to tell you...while I miss Texas, I do not miss those high temps. We've had a few high 90s here in Nashville, and that is perfectly fine with me. This week....low to mid 80s...not hurting my feelings at all! Hugs!!

  3. It's beautiful CB! All your hard work paid off. I bet you will find the knobs now ;-)

  4. Hi Christine, I saw your awesome IKEA Rast dresser at the Something To Talk About Party. I love the color and the stencil detail - so pretty and perfect for a girl's room!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

  5. Gday! Im here via Julies linky party! What a pretty design! I love the bold orange too!!

  6. I love how pretty your dresser looks & I love the color and stenciling detail. Thanks for sharing at Cooking & Crafting with J & J.

  7. Christine, The dresser looks wonderful and I love the colors too! I can see why your daughter loves it as well because Mom made it for her and she got to help! I'm sure she will treasure it for a long time to come. Thank you so much for taking the time to come over and share it with us at the Brag About It Link Party! Have a great week1

  8. Such neat ideas! how fun!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  9. It's so great co-hosting with you each week, Christine! Have a wonderful Wednesday!!!

  10. Christine, it's so adorable! I can totally see why she loves it!
    Thanks for sharing at Something to Talk About!

  11. Oh what a fun project. I think it looks great. You sound like me trying to get it perfect for 'me'. I am that way when I am making a quilt. Thanks for sharing this. I had fun visiting. I am following you.

  12. It looks great! I am horrible at stenciling. What are your best tips? Thanks for linking up at the Bloggers Brags party, I pinned your post to our group board.

  13. I love the colors and the bright cheery pattern, really nice. Thanks for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday!