I recently shared that I thought my Goodwill table makeover was my favorite furniture project ever, but I think I’m changing my mind after completing my latest project, an Ikea Rast hack. The Ikea Rast is a sturdy but plain chest that sells for just $34.99. Along with nine other bloggers, I was challenged to makeover an Ikea Rast dresser using hardware from Hickory Hardware.
Mr. SP and I came up with an idea for this project on a snowy February walk. Long before we owned a digital camera, we toured the Shelborne Museum in Shelborne, Vermont where we saw an Americana gate that Mr. SP has never forgotten. For years he has mentioned the gate from time to time when we’ve discussed project ideas. Instead of making a gate, we used our router to route the gate’s design into the drawers of the Ikea Rast.
We started the process by making a template of the American shield from a picture of the gate that the museum kindly sent me. We measured the three drawers on the dresser and then drew the shield on the luan to that size.
We cut out one side of the shield template using a sabre saw and then cut out a mirror image of the template by clamping it to another piece of luan and cutting around the first template.
He made a corner template to mimic the gate’s design and routed around that as well.
Stars were traced onto the wood on the shield’s top and the router was used to route behind them. An extra piece of wood was added below the bottom drawer to complete the shield. We also added a larger top to the dresser.
After Mr. SP did all of the routing, we did a lot of sanding and then it was time for me to work some magic with paint.
I used paints that we had on hand to paint the American flag shield.
- Gold: Rustoleum American Accents
- Red: Rustoleum American Accents Colonial Red
- White: Valspar Gloss White
- Blue: Valspar Gloss Royal Blue
- Black: Velvet Finishes Luxurious
The unpainted wood was stained with General Finishes Brown Mahogany and sealed with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat. This was my first time using this brand and I was quite pleased with its performance.
Two of my mom’s vintage postcards go along with the dresser’s patriotic theme. Both postcards were sent to my great grandmother in 1910.
Vintage campaign pins are displayed on a Teaberry gum stand that was once used in my great-great aunt and uncle’s store in Vinton, VA.
I can’t remember my parents not having this tin. I suspect that it also came from the same store.
I am excited to make room for this patriotic dresser in my home. It’s in the basement for now, but next week when I’m on spring break and have time to play, it will come upstairs to live.
Check out a few more Ikea Rast hacks from my friends. These will be added through Tuesday as the projects are completed.
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