Gray and Gold Rast Hack

WHOA. I can’t believe it’s been more than a month since my last post! I’ll be honest: We’ve finally reached the point where we can’t really justify spending any more money on stuff for the house. Consequently, I have nothing new and don’t have much to post about (though I do still need to finish the house tour). BUT – I did recently finish a furniture DIY that’s been a long time coming.

I’ll just dive right in and show you:
Glitter and Goat Cheese - Ikea Rast dresser hack - Painted dark gray with brass hardware

Over a year after purchasing two Ikea Rast dressers, I finally got around to painting them!

Let’s go back to the beginning. I got the idea for this project from Design Manifest. This was my inspiration:

This is what the Rasts looked like when I first purchased them, of course:

I spray-painted the toe kicks gold immediately while the dressers were still in multiple pieces. Then, Brad put them together for me, and I brought them into the foyer to use for storage while they were waiting to be completed. Remember?

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Ikea Rast dresser hack - before painting

For whatever reason, though, I never ended up painting them. And once we moved into our new house, they came along, still unfinished. Here’s a peek at how they looked on Thanksgiving:

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Ikea Rast dresser hast - before painting

I didn’t get motivated until right before we decided to host a Super Bowl party. It was the first time most of our friends would see our new home, and I wanted it to look good. So, I gathered my supplies: Kilz spray primer; a foam roller; and Sherwin Williams ProClassic paint in Satin, color-matched to Benjamin Moore’s Ashland Slate (the same color as our kitchen cabinets and guest room walls).

I already had all the hardware: Antique brass decorative corners from Hardware World, and brass ring pulls from Lee Valley (43mm x 51mm burnished bronze, to be specific). The decorative corners had to be glued on – I used a Krazy Glue pen – so my plan was to lacquer the dressers before anything permanent happened. Unfortunately, spray lacquer can only be used in temperatures above 55 degrees, and that wasn’t going to happen before the party. So, I just put the hardware on anyway, because I am the most impatient person on the planet.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Ikea Rast dresser hack - Painted dark gray with brass hardware

When I do get around to lacquering these and have to tape off the decorative corners, I know I’m going to be cursing myself. But I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Ikea Rast dresser hack - Painted dark gray with brass hardware

I’m actually glad I didn’t paint these until we got here, because I love that they’re the same color as the kitchen cabinets. It ties the two rooms together without being too matchy.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Ikea Rast dresser hack - Painted dark gray with brass hardware

There was just one snafu in this process: My gold toe kicks got kicked to the curb. Somehow, they got really dirty and stained and dark and gross over the course of the year. I could have re-painted them, but that would have required either taking them apart or taping them off, and I was just in too much in a hurry. Instead, I primed right over the dirty gold. They look nice for now, but I think I might like to goldify the toe kicks by hand at a later date. Maybe with high-quality acrylic? Or gold leaf? I just don’t know!

So, what do you think of my Rasts? Worth the wait? Should I goldify the toe kicks, or leave them gray?

     

  • http://www.allieseverydayadventures.blogspot.com/ Allie

    I vote for re-gold-ifying them! I love the color you chose, but the hardware gold is so pretty that any extra gold ties them in. In my non-professional opinion lol.

    • http://www.glitterandgoatcheese.com Steph F.

      I like your non-professional opinion and I’m totally with you!

  • http://www.allieseverydayadventures.blogspot.com/ Allie

    (I meant making the kicks gold again, not anything else. I love the gray color on the rest of it.)

  • http://alexinhighdef.blogspot.com/ Alex Hubbard

    Girl, you made those look BALLER! And totally give them some gold love. It’ll be such a fun pop of color :)

    • http://www.glitterandgoatcheese.com Steph F.

      I need to, huh? HURRY UP AND GET WARM OUTSIDE, GEORGIA! 

  • Vanessa Wood

    Wow! I would have never guessed these were Ikea dressers!  You did such a great job hacking them.  The purplish gray with the gold is such a great contrast and makes them look super expensive and chic!  New follower to the blog and I love it! :)

    xo
    Vanessa
    hwintraining.blogspot.com

    • http://www.glitterandgoatcheese.com Steph F.

      Thanks so much, Vanessa!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jewelsmichelle Jules Marten

    I noticed these at your Super Bowl party and would have NEVER guessed they were Ikea. These are gorgeous! I like the toe kicks grey…
    I’m now ashamed I have regular ol’ Ikea dressers in my house! I need to pick your brain on what you could do with the Ikea Malm dressers…? :-)

    • http://www.glitterandgoatcheese.com Steph F.

      I am SUPER late in responding to this and I don’t know if you’ll even see it, but I hate to leave a comment unanswered, so … There are so many things you can do with the Malms! You have a FEW less options than the Rast, since they’re veneer instead of solid wood, but you can still hack ‘em! http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=ikea%20malm%20hack

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  • Mrs C

    I rarely comment on blog posts I stumble upon but this is amazing – they look incredible. I love them. I especially like the gold hardware and the color blue that you chose. Really pretty.