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?


Pretty Rooms & Cheerful Things

I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’m still drowning in the deep end of the self-pity pool over my stupid runner’s knee. Every night, I do my doctor-recommended exercises and stretches, and then lie down with my ice packs, feel the pain radiating through my kneecaps, and know that I’m not getting better; I’m not going to be able to run again when my two weeks are up; I’m never going to be able to participate in the half-marathon. The hundreds of dollars I spent on my entrance fee and our prime location hotel room were a stupid, foolish waste, and I should have known this would happen – deep down, I had an inkling, I think, which is why I waited so long to sign up, but not long enough, I guess. I haven’t been this depressed in a long, long time, and all the while I feel so guilty for being so bummed because my situation could be so much worse. But it is what it is, and I can’t help how I feel, and how I feel is miserable.

Let’s just move on and talk about something else, shall we?

I’ve got an Ikea Rast hack in the works (see a preview here) that was heavily-inspired by these re-done Rasts by Naomi of Design Manifest.


Naomi’s apartment was featured on Design*Sponge last year, and I pretty much died over it, so when she stopped by Small Shop on Friday to share the secrets of her boho glam style, I was beyond excited. It’s too good not to share!

According to Naomi, the key elements of a boho glam look are faux bamboo, animal accents, gold, woody/rustic elements, and black. I am SO ON BOARD.






The nook with the bar cart in front of the black wall with that gorgeous painting is my very favorite, but you have to check out the original Design*Sponge post to see the rest of the apartment. Check out the Small Shop post to read all Naomi’s advice, and see this older Small Shop feature for more advice on boho glam. And of course, visit the Design Manifest blog and website!

What elements of boho glam would you incorporate into your home?