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6-drawer dresser: One RAST is good, two is even better

Join two RAST chests and turn them into one 6-drawer dresser

I originally purchased the RAST 3-drawer chest back in January 2019. I added trim around the drawers and painted everything white. Purchased new knobs from Homegoods and used the dressers as nightstands.

RAST hack in white

Until I got tired of the white nightstands and needed a new dresser. Then I got the perfect idea from searching Pinterest. Why not combine the nightstands to make one big dresser?

Here’s what I did.

6-drawer dresser RAST hack
IKEA items:
Supplies/Tools:
  • Lattice
  • Behr Premium Plus Paint & Primer in One. Matte – Coastal Blue
  • Behr Premium Color Sample. Pure White – Matte
  • Wood Filler
  • Wood Glue
  • Clamps
  • 3 – 48 in. Wood Slabs
  • Power Drill
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Drawer handles
IKEA RAST 3-drawer chest

Directions for 6-drawer dresser

Assemble the chests based on IKEA’s instruction manual.

Optional: Add lattice around the trim of each drawer (to give more definition). Lattice were purchased and cut at Home Depot.

Adding trim

Add wood filler to fill the gaps and spaces around the lattice strips. This gives the trim a smooth finish.

Sand down the drawers.

Paint the dresser frame and all of the drawers. 2 coats. Leave it to dry for 24 hours.

Add wood glue to one side of each dresser to combine the two. Clamp together and set it aside to dry for 24 hours. (Add more weight to the dresser)

Combining the 2 chests - 6-drawer dresser RAST hack

Use wood filler to fill in the knob holes on the drawers. Let dry then sand.

filling the holes

Paint over the filled in holes.

painting the drawers

Use painter’s tape as a template for drilling the new holes for the new handles. This was a cool tip I found on Youtube.

Just stretch the tape over the new handles and use a pen or marker to mark where the new holes need to be drilled. Place the tape in the middle of the drawer. Try to be as straight as possible. You do not want slanted handles.

marking the new holes

Drill the news holes using the marked dot on the tape. Drill the screws in from the inside of the drawer half way that they stick out from the front. Place the new handles against the screws and tighten.

Now, for the legs

Add the wood slabs to the bottom of the dresser to create a base for more support. I used 8 screws for each piece. 2 screws on the edge, 4 in the middle, and 2 more on the other edge.

adding legs

Add the 4 CAPITA legs to the four corners of the dresser. Use the screws provided with the legs.

6-drawer dresser RAST hack

Flip dresser over on its legs and add the drawers. Adjust the legs if dresser is not sturdy. Legs are adjustable by twisting them.

Add your clothes and your 6-drawer dresser is done.

6-drawer dresser RAST hack

To see the video on my YouTube channel follow this link.

~ by Ashley