Creating a Pottery Barn inspired dresser with the IKEA Rast Chest of Drawer

Well, have we got a treat for you! Our friend @ourblissfulnest recently shared a fabulous IKEA hack that transforms the humble Rast Chest Drawer into a stunning Harmon Metal Nightstand lookalike. And the best part? It’s super easy to do!

With just a few materials and a little bit of elbow grease, you too can create a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture with all your friends asking, “Where did you get that?!”

So, let’s get started with our step-by-step guide!

WHAT YOU NEED: First up, you’ll need to gather your materials. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • IKEA Rast Chest Drawer
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Wood filler
  • Wood glue
  • Liquid nails
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrush
  • Trim pieces

Once you’ve got everything you need, it’s time to get started!

STEP 1: Start by disassembling the Rast Chest Drawer and filling the original drawer pull holes with wood filler. Then, sand the chest to smooth out any rough areas and spray paint the metal pieces with your metallic paint of choice.

STEP 2: Next, measure and cut your trim pieces to fit the front of the drawers. Trim size is 1 1/4 in. x 3/8 in. x 7ft (cut it down to fit the drawer front)

STEP 3: Use wood glue to attach the trim to the front of the drawers, or a better alternative is Liquid Nails. Use a brad nailer for a stronger hold.

STEP 4: Once the trim is in place, sand the edges to create a seamless finish.

STEP 5: Use two coats of primer and two coats of Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black. Once dry, attach your new drawer pulls and reassemble the chest.

STEP 6: Option to remove the toe-kick at the bottom and cut it into two separate triangles to match the Pottery Barn nightstand. Use wood glue to attach those as well.

STEP 7: Add brass knobs from Amazon to finish the look.

IKEA Rast Chest Hack: Pottery Barn-inspired dresser dupe

And there you have it, folks! A gorgeous, Pottery Barn-inspired nightstand that won’t break the bank. As always, we encourage you to get creative and make this project your own.

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