Gift Wrap & Hardware IKEA Rast Hack

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Hello!!!  It's time for some fun with DIY and makeovers!  I have to admit to you that I'm a bit giddy about this project!!  I was lucky enough to be asked, along with 9 other bloggers, to work with Hickory Hardware on an IKEA Rast hack.  I was beyond happy to be able to pick new hardware, for my Rast dresser, from Hickory's vast collection online.  This girl was in hardware heaven!!!!

First off, Hickory Hardware sent me a blank slate, this IKEA Rast three drawer cabinet.

 This is a wonderful place to start!  The cabinet is only $34.99 at IKEA and is made of solid wood.

I'm sure you've seen lots of IKEA Rast hacks online and so had I.  I spent a lot of time researching other projects out there so mine wasn't exactly like another project.  I finally narrowed down my choices and found this gift wrap from Paper Source.  Once I found the paper, my decision was made, my hardware choices were easier and the color was a no-brainer!

I started by opening the box and putting the Rast cabinet together.  I used a drill instead of the wrench  included and this cut down my assembly time quite a bit.  Following the directions was a breeze and before I knew it I was done with the fist step!  I have to mention I'm normally not great at the following direction part so this was a shocker!

I went with library pull type hardware in brown windsor antique from Hickory Hardware.  It was hard to pick because there were so many perfect choices.  I also used a Key Hole Escutcheon also in brown windsor antique.  The antiqued brass hardware played off amazing with the paper and paint color I was using for this project.

I was provided with a gift card from Menards to use for supplies on this project.  I found everything I needed at my local store.  I used wood from their value section, which is wood that's been cut already.  I was able to get all the wood I needed for this project for about $8.

To add some interest, I added a piece of wood to the top and added trim pieces on the sides of the top piece.  For the bottom, I used 1X2's and attached them around the entire piece, but not the back.  I attached all the wood pieces with my nail gun.  I filled the holes and gaps with wood filler, then sanded the entire cabinet.

Once everything was sanded smooth, I dusted it off and gave the cabinet two coats of primer and I was ready for the final paint color.

Here's how the cabinet looked with two coats of primer.

I painted the entire piece in two coats American Paint Company, Born on the Fourth of July.  It was now time to decoupage my paper onto the drawer fronts.  I honestly thought this would be so easy!  Ummm no way, this was a pain.  

Here's the paper I used from Paper Source

The first thing I needed to do was line up the paper.  This made me took ages, but was well worth it in the end.  I began the process of applying the paper by coating the drawer fronts with Mod Podge and placing the paper on top of that.  My first attempt was a huge fail.  

After this mess, I had to sand down the drawer and begin again.  Thankfully I'd bought 2 sheets of paper!

Once I was done with applying to paper, I applied three coats of Mod Podge on top to seal it all.  While that was drying, I sealed the rest of the piece with sealer.  

The last step was to add the hardware end escutcheon.  Once this was done I stood back and instantly fell in LOVE!  Like for real....I'm in love with this piece and it's truly my favorite ever.  I put a lot of work into this and I feel like it paid off!

Here it is all finished and staged for some pics!

This project was a challenge, but I loved every minute of it. A huge thank you to Hickory Hardware and Menards for the gorgeous hardware and projects to make this happen!

Make sure you check out all the bloggers participating below!

Thank you for reading! 



  1. Amazing difference! The paper you chose is beautiful!


  2. Melody,
    You are very creative and know how to complete your vision with plenty of determination. All of this talent shows through in your completed work.
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

  3. That paper is GORGEOUS! Kudos to you for seeing it through and not giving up. You did fantastic, Melody!

  4. This looks beautiful! I love everything about it and can see why it is your new favorite piece. I know that you'll find the perfect spot for it in your home.

  5. As always, your taste is impeccable and this cabinet looks AMAZING!

  6. That looks great! Which kind of paint have you used? Was it acrylic paint, water / oil based or some special paint for wood?