Published on August 20th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Faux vintage steel sideboard from Rast chest

Materials: 2.5 IKEA Rast, gloss paint, various brackets, legs and handles furniture, stainless steel sheet

Description: I really like a lot of the vintage industrial furniture that appears to be around at the moment, however it’s very expensive AND seems to be a lot larger than will fit in my small flat. So….

Having seen various RAST hacks, I thought I’d have a go at my own. (with a couple of prerequisites)

- it had to look like a single solid piece of furniture (not 2 random pieces stuck together)

- I didn’t want it to look like a “chest of drawers” with new legs stuck on it. Or bedroom furniture.

Step 01 – I built the first Rast, without the back to have a good look at the structure and see if my plan would work. I then cut off the bottom section which would normally be the plinth (this in my mind is what makes the Rast look like bedroom furniture) and added I extended the holes that hold the drawer runners completely through the side panel, so that I could add runners on both sides of this board.

Step 02 – Using a combination of the supplied dowels and screws, I mirrored the original Rast. I used metal brackets to strengthen the joins and make sure it stayed square. The middle board now has drawer runners for both sides of the cabinet.

Step 03 – Added legs (which I replaced as they were too tall) then made a “lid” out of the remaining sides of 3rd Rast. Simply held together with steel plates from the diy store. I then edged this “lid” with 35mm hardwood tacked onto the sides.

- 2 coats of 3in1 primerundercoatknot solution

- 2 coats of industrial grey gloss

- legs, cup handles and card frames from an online diy store

- custom cutbent stainless steel sheet to cover the lid (tip. this was very cheap here in the UK via ebay). I’ve not glued this down yet but I will do with a silicon bathroom-kitchen adhesive at some point.


Overall I’m very pleased with the outcome, it looks like a proper piece of furniture rather than a hack and goes well in my apartment. Using a 3rd Rast for parts worked out really well, as I hardly had to cut any wood as it was all supplied. The “lid” isn’t attached to the top as it fits very tightly, this way it comes to bits easily for transportation.

~ nik faulkner, UK

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52 Responses to Faux vintage steel sideboard from Rast chest

  1. Marian bedwell says:

    Love love love this! Interested to know if the channel 4 thing worked out and what the programme was? Great job. Totally deserve all the fab feedback.

  2. Heather says:

    This is gorgeous and I would love to be the next copycat but I really don’t understand how you did the metal. Did you bend the metal yourself? How did you get it to look so perfect?

  3. Jane Jane says:

    Unbelievable! It looks so professionally made and beautifully finished. This is not just a hack, it’s a total transformation.

  4. Stans Kemperink says:

    Hi Nik,
    Great idea!!!! I’ve got 2 rast. You gave me inspiration to give them a complete make-over. I hope I can find simular materials here in Holland…

  5. Debra says:

    Hi Nik,
    Would you be able to give me a bit more info about the base that you cut off. Is there a base that is added under the third drawer that I don’t see in the second picture? Or did you add a piece of wood to the recess that was left? I can’t quite figure it out! Thanks.

    • Mike says:

      No doubt this looks good, But”
      Why no mention of the Top being added, to accommodate the stainless steel?
      Was this added, because Rast chests are thin on top. Looks like he added extra board to the top then
      beaded around the edges, not as simple and a fair amount of work has been put into this.
      This should not be known or recognized as an Ikea hack with costs well over the access £100 mentioned.
      There are plenty of solid well made double chests on ebay going for less than £50 which is much better than the cheap nasty pine Ikea use. One more thing, This is far to low to be counted as a sideboard!

  6. Pamela says:

    Quite amazing! I also was wondering whether you recall the paint you used. The finish is perfect.

  7. Ombretta says:

    How did you hold the 2 Rast together? If I understand correctly, you used 1 side panel for the middle joining piece, correct? It yes, how to you attach the (outer) top and bottom shelf to the side of the first chest since there are no pre-drilled holes on the outside of the side panel. I hope my question makes sense. Thanks!!

  8. Raven says:

    I just had to comment, this is amazing. This won’t fit my current space but I have saved all your instructions and plan on making this at a later date. Its so good!! Bravo!

  9. Hannah says:

    Can you tell me the brand of the paint you used? Do you happen to remember?

  10. kgodbolt says:

    Hi Nik
    I’m really keen to speak to you about a potential new Channel 4 series I’m developing – I think Jules Yap has been in touch?
    Please do give me a shout as soon as you can and I can fill you in – [email protected]

  11. Sharon says:

    This is awesome.

  12. amanda says:

    This looks fantastic! Brav-o!

  13. nik says:

    hey caroline,

    the handles were from wickes i think £4 for 2, the card frames were from screwfix around £6 for the lot (they did slightly cheaper handles as well but i preferred the wickes ones.

    the steel came from “hardware outlet uk” on ebay and was listed as
    “Stainless Steel Worktop Protector” i emailed them for the custom size, they were very helpful and VERY fast(i ordered sunday and it arrived tuesday). i made sure the edge was folded (not rolled) and the corners were sharp on the front and not rounded off.

    hope thats of use?


  14. Caroline says:

    I love this – and as I am also in the UK, would be really grateful to find out who you used on ebay for the stainless steel, as I’m not coming up with anything on searches? also which DIY store did you use for the handles? (I think it is fine to say)

  15. nik says:

    again thanks for the nice comments. most unexpected

  16. furniture on consignment says:

    Amazing! Wonderful job on the furniture. Keep up the works!

  17. majeral says:

    WOW IT LOOKS LIKE A PROFESSIONAL JOB. I don’t know what you do for a living but I can you making some serious money in doing kind of work.

  18. Neomig says:

    I agree this should be on the 10 list! hurray.

  19. Anonymous says:

    What a transformation! From blah to glossy industrial, really incredible! I agree this hack should make the 10 best of the year list.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I agree, hack of the year! You did such a good job!

  21. Sing says:

    Yes yes, great job!

  22. DRTVrMoi says:

    Nik, this is high street decor. An above-&-beyond hack. You’ve just created another project for the mister.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Seriously the best thing about that is the Snoopy phone. Awesome does not even cover it.

  24. nik says:

    credilya, here’s an image that will hopefully make sense
    i’ve shown what it looks like from above and underneath


  25. Credilya says:

    Could you provide a little more detail about the lid? I’m a bit of a novice and any extra instruction would help. Redoing the top of my Rast like this is exactly what I’m looking to accomplish.


  26. Good idea & excellent result !

  27. nik says:

    wow thanks for the nice comments guys.

    total cost was a little over £100 (the 3 rasts were £20 each)

    the middle legs are attached between both rasts, i had to cut a small section out of the middle support as they are slightly raised. the plate then sits across both sides nicely.

    any other questions feel free to shout :)

    • Maria says:

      Thanks for the reply! This is such an ingenious solution! I totally agree with everyone else – this should be hack of the year!

  28. Carla says:

    Well done! It looks very professional! :)

  29. Maria says:

    Very cool hack! Which part did you affix the middle legs to? Do their brackets cover both RASTs?

  30. Anonymous says:

    Very clear explanations, clean & clever job. Easy yet efficient, with a solid result… Congratulations :-)

  31. Anonymous says:

    More pics please. also the total coast. thank you so much, this is inspiring.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Love it! will steel it (the idea of course) ;)

  33. Anonymous says:

    Wow! Great vision and nice execution!

  34. Anonymous says:

    This is so pretty and well done. Love it. Hack of the year???

  35. Anonymous says:

    Beautifully done!

  36. Kerrie says:

    wow! this is not really my style but I had to comment because I love this hack!!

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  38. Lattis says:

    Brilliant hack. Hats off. Love the industrial grey gloss. What amazes me is that the finished chest looks so seamless.

  39. Jenn(ifer) says:

    Very well done, what a nice hack!

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  41. Anonymous says:

    Is great! Love It! You did an amazing Job!

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