Mid-Century Modern IKEA Rast Dresser Makeover… Finally Completed!

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When I started seeing how other creative bloggers and decorators were making over their IKEA Rast dressers, I knew had to get in on the action. I can finally report that these pieces are finished and in their respective home in my entryway. Continue reading to see how I revamped these dressers into one-of-a-kind pieces.

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Priced at $35 apiece, the IKEA Rast dressers are a great deal for DIY makeovers and customizing. They’re made of pine (small downside) and are unfinished, so technically you don’t even have to prime them for painting. But I did, somewhat.

For most of the painting, I used Behr Premium Plus Ultra, which is latex paint with primer. I’ve used their line before on my vintage tanker desk makeover, and it seems to work well. I’m impatient, so I like that I can skip the steps (and mess!) of priming.

Of course, I didn’t want some plain, ol’ dressers, so I created a design. I cut a form with cardboard first and then traced the shape onto the fronts of the drawers.

MCM Side Table Light Gray Paint and Sheet Metal Makeover thumbnail white bowtie design MCM The Decor Guru

I was actually inspired to create this bow-tie shape by the door handles on this thrifted end table I scored recently:

MCM Side Table Light Gray Paint and Sheet Metal Makeover thumbnail white bowtie design MCM The Decor Guru

This version of a bow-tie isn’t something I’ve seen much in mid-century modern decor, so it had me at hello. I curved the ends inward so the shape would provide a balance to all the angular energy of the dressers and my entryway.

The gray is Sterling (flat), which I chose because it’s very light and cool. Gray is currently my favorite neutral and I love how light-colored furniture doesn’t crowd a room. I wanted my entryway to feel light and airy since it’s a small area and isn’t too separate from the rest of my space.

For the white areas, I used Rustoleum Painters’ Touch Ultra Cover latex paint (flat). For the finish, I used my Minwax Polycrylic in Semi-Gloss. It’s water-based, so you don’t have to worry about it yellowing your piece.

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The drawer handles I picked up from Home Depot. I chose these because they weren’t expensive and their spoon-like shape further complements the bow-tie design.

What do you think of the makeover? Do you like light-colored furniture? Do you use it in your home?

Stay tuned for the deets on how these dressers played a role in my entryway makeover…

UPDATE: check out my entryway makeover here!

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33 Comments on Mid-Century Modern IKEA Rast Dresser Makeover… Finally Completed!

  1. It has a 3-d effect, I thought the drawers were raised! It is awesome!!!

  2. lindanortje // 05/25/2013 at 1:25 AM // Reply

    This is lovely! It definitely has a 3D look 🙂 Well done!

    With A Blast

  3. Fabulous job, I love the paint treatment. So pretty. I host a weekly party called Inspire Me. It will be live Monday evening. I would love for you to link up. http://www.astrollthrulife.net Hope to see you there, Hugs, Marty

  4. I agree–I totally thought the drawers were 3D. You did a great job!

  5. fantastic, it really looks like it has depth

  6. justagirlabby // 05/28/2013 at 6:01 AM // Reply

    Like some of the other commenters, I initially thought the fronts were raised–what a cool effect! I love how you took a plain piece of furniture and really made it your own. They look great! I popped over from A Bowl Full of Lemons–thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  7. Love this look! I like how you put two side by side – great idea.
    I’m visiting you today from Sugar Bee. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesday (open thru Sat) and I’d love for you to link up! I hope you get a chance to stop by, link up and leave a comment, too!
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    Join me each Tuesday for Brag About It Link Up Party

  8. This is awesome!! I love how the design you did on the drawer fronts gives it a 3D look. Very chic- you did a gorgeous job!!

  9. Wow I thought it was 3D! Awesome job. 🙂

  10. Wow, what an amazing transformation !! Great job:)

  11. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts – you were featured today!!
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  12. We love your creativity! The drawers definitely look raised – you are very clever with your expert painting techniques.

    Thanks for taking the time to share this wonderful post with us at the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Tuesday party! BeBetsy Link and Hop

    The best to you –
    Sharon and Denise

  13. I am new from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully follow me back!

  14. I am featuring your Ikea Rast Makeover on my blog today. I love a good ikea hack. Thanks for linking it up and I will see you later today for the next link party.


  15. WOW love love love the way you painted the dresser!! looks amazing!

  16. I like this. The grey is almost like a light mint or a foggy morning. Definately cozy and by no means a depressing grey.

  17. Beautiful!!

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