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Published on October 12th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Twin Rasts in the Nursery


Materials: Rast Chest of Drawers (x2) and Rast Bedside Table (x1), Length of dowel, Length of 2cmx 2cm lumber, BEHANDLA Glazing paint (antique), White Acrylic Undercoat, Brown Acrylic Paint

Description: When expecting our first baby (more than 2 years ago now, gosh time flies!) I thought it was about time I finally attempted a Rast Hack. It was to be be my first ever hack, and the million and one examples I’d seen online were rushing through my mind as I made the 400km drive to our nearest Ikea. How would I make mine different?

I simply stained all the Rast parts except the drawers along with the dowel and lumber with 2 coats of Ikea’s antique stain.

Then I painted the drawer fronts (with handles attached) with 2 coats of acrylic undercoat and traced the images I wanted to paint on with pencil (you can use a projector to do this if you have access to one, or a big sheet of tracing paper, or if you are artistically inclined, just freehand it!) And painted over with brown acrylic paint, handles and all. I just used the cheap stuff you get at the dollar store.

the only thing I would have done differently, is seal the drawer fronts with an acrylic sealer. at the time I couldn’t be bothered, and really likes the way the drawer fronts looked matte, but 2 and a bit years down the track, the white isn’t as white as it used to be, so a sealer would have helped.

Then I assembled the 2 Rast dressers, and used the top and bottom shelves of a Rast nightstand I had to make the connecting shelves in between. If you’re handy with a jigsaw you could probably just cut up two pieces for the job, but the nightstand is exactly the same depth as the chest of drawers, and it’s pre-drilled, so I got lazy and just used that (to be fair, I was 7 months pregnant!)


I simply drilled the bottom shelf from inside the 2 dressers using the Rast nightstand screws, but for the top shelf (because I wanted it to sit flush with the top of the Rast dresser) I nailed a length of 2cm squared timber on both sides for it to sit on. I didn’t attach it on top(it comes off very easily) because I knew we would be moving house and wanted to pull the 2 dressers apart for the move. Though you could certainly nail it down if you want it secured.

Then I cut a length of dowel as long as the Rast nightstand pieces and pre-drilled it either end and attached it from inside the dressers.

Voila! I think I came up with something original, but more importantly, It’s something that still makes me smile every time I walk into my son’s room. nothing beats something that you sorta kinda made yourself.

~ Christine, Australia

Handling the Drona Box
Hemnes dressing table- pimped with wallpaper

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

4 Responses to Twin Rasts in the Nursery

  1. Aileen says:

    I just pinned your hack! I wish I had teeny tiny clothes so I could make this for myself Genius! I love it!

  2. Zarah says:

    Goodness, that is ADORABLE!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    This is gorgeous! You did an amazing job painting those pictures on them. Really sweet.

  4. danita says:

    Absolutely adorable!

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