Pottery Barn Inspired Dresser - IKEA Rast Hack

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Good morning! I'm over the moon to share our latest makeover with you today. Several weeks ago, I was among a group of bloggers invited to revamp an IKEA Rast Dresser, with help from Hickory Hardware, Menards, and Pittsburgh Paints. I'd seen many versions of the IKEA Rast hack over the past few years, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on one to try it out!

IKEA hack pottery barn knock-off dresser designer furniture makeover

The Rast dresser is really about the size of a large nightstand, and it's the prefect blank canvas to execute just about any vision. You can check it out here.


I'd never before tried to recreate a designer piece, so this was an ideal opportunity to tackle a Pottery Barn item I've admired for some time. As you might have noticed, I've been on somewhat of a modern-rustic-industrial kick for a the past couple of months (see evidence here, here and here...lol). So it probably comes as no surprise that I fell in love with this piece the moment I saw it on the PB website. Behold, the gorgeous Ludlow Trunk Secretary Desk.


Isn't it stunning? It's inspired by a repurposed vintage trunk, which is right up my alley!

Our group of bloggers was each sent the dresser and gift cards to Menards to buy all of our supplies. Here's what I used:

- 16ft. each of pine lattice, screen moulding, and outside corner trim
- 24in. length of 1×4
- canvas drop cloth
- 1in. roofing nails
- spray adhesive
- oil-rubbed bronze spray paint
- copper metallic glaze
- copper pipe straps
- a leather belt

Creating my version of the inspiration piece meant deviating quite a bit from the assembly instructions from the start. To begin with, I traced each of the dresser's external pieces (top, sides, and drawer fronts) onto the canvas dropcloth, and decoupaged the canvas to the wood pieces with spray adhesive before assembling and painting them.

tracing canvas

For this round of hacks, we were challenged to use Pittsburgh Paints' new Door, Trim & Furniture Paint for our makeovers - I chose the color Deepest Black. It took a bit of adjustment using an alkyd/oil-based gel paint, as I typically use water-based products. Like other oil-based paints, it should be used in a well-ventilated space and requires a longer drying time. But I loved the rich, deep finish it gave, even when painted on canvas.

IKEA Rast Hack Pittsburgh Paints Stains Trim Door Furniture Deepest Black

Next, I cut and painted all of the lattice, screen moulding, and outer corner trim to size to mimic the metal strapping on the inspiration piece. The chunky bail pulls I chose from Hickory Hardware really set off the modern rustic look.

rustic chunky bail drawer pulls Hickory Hardware

Lastly, I added a few finishing details - leather handles made from a thrift store belt and secured with pipe straps that I painted and distressed, a key hole escutcheon courtesy of Hickory Hardware, and roofing nails to complete the trim.

IKEA rast hack drilling holes for trim

And here it is!

IKEA hack pottery barn knock-off dresser designer furniture makeover

IKEA hack pottery barn knock-off dresser designer furniture makeover

IKEA hack pottery barn knock-off dresser designer furniture makeover

IKEA hack pottery barn knock-off dresser designer furniture makeover

IKEA hack pottery barn knock-off dresser designer furniture makeover

IKEA hack pottery barn knock-off dresser designer furniture makeover

IKEA hack pottery barn knock-off dresser designer furniture makeover

You guys, I'm pleased as punch with this one. My building skills are a work in progress to say the least, and I'm just so happy as was able to execute the whole piece without chopping off a finger :)

Be sure to check out the other IKEA Rast Hacks here! If you could also cast your vote for mine, I would appreciate it so much!

UPDATE: Ours was the top voted hack! Thanks so much to everyone who voted - we really appreciate your support!

A designer-inspired look on a modest budget! See how I turned a plain IKEA dresser into a Pottery Barn-inspired masterpiece!


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More Repurposed Industrial Fall Decor - "Autumn" Sign {Home for Fall Blog Hop}

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You may have seen my post a few weeks ago where I shared one of my ideas for repuposing a random industrial metal piece into functional decor (if not, you can catch it here!)

Truth is, I have a bit of an addiction to picking up ambiguous metal and wood items almost everywhere I go (one day I may build up the courage to show you my full collection on Instagram or Periscope, so be sure to follow along to witness my obsession!)

I'm quite sure I've become notorious at my local ReStore as the weird girl who buys all the odds and ends no one else wants. And I'm totally ok with that :)

I found one of my most recent bits of random at a friend's barn - any guesses what this is?

repurposing car engine gasket fall decor

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Buffalo Check Upholstered Bench {Thrift Benefit for Sheltered Animals}

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Good morning, all! And a happy belated Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians! :) 

I signed up a few weeks ago to be part of the 3rd Annual Thrift Benefit for Sheltered Animals, organized by the lovely Jeanette of Country Design Style (if you don't follow her work yet, you definitely should!) This awesome idea of hers challenges DIY bloggers across the US and Canada to highlight a local thrift store that supports an animal shelter or rescue.


It turns out that many animal rescues and shelters operate thrift/resale shops that raise funds to support the animals in their care. They are often donation-based and volunteer-operated, and most or all of the proceeds go towards feeding, housing and caring for animals in need of a forever home.

As you know, I'm an avid thrift store enthusiast, but I'd never been to, or even heard of, one affiliated with an animal shelter. So not only would I get to find another piece to recreate, I'd also get to discover a whole new hunting ground for future projects and support sweet little animals in the process? Challenge very much accepted, my friend. 

After making a few calls, I found just what I was looking for: a local shop run by the Cat Welfare Association, called - get this - The Catique. Is that not the cutest name you've ever heard?


Although it was not quite the furniture treasure trove I'd hoped for, the volunteers could not have been nicer, and I was able to find this little gem: a monochromatic and rather uncomfortable piano bench.


It took only a few simple steps to turn into into a functional beauty once again. First, I added some new foam and batting to create a comfortable seat. I'd recently discovered buffalo check fabric, and with the leftovers I had from another project, I upholstered the top. The base was painted in Paris Grey chalk paint with a wash of white, followed by clear and dark wax.

I love the serene and neutral new look!



Here's a confession: I am not a cat person. Never have been. I've been allergic to them all my life, and somehow they've just never appealed to me much. But I love animals, and I'd like to think that by supporting The Catique and the awesome work of the folks at Cat Welfare, I've at least begun to make up for my lifelong feline aversion. That makes sense, right? :)

If you happen to be a resident of central OH, or feel like taking a road trip, be sure to stop by The Catique to shop or donate!

To close, here are some obligatory pictures of my little fluff muffin, Kylie. Enjoy!




Leave a comment telling me about your awesome pets! And don't forget to click on the images below to see some lovely projects and learn about great animal rescues across the country!



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Elegant Empire Table Makeover {Furniture Refresh}

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Happy Thursday, friends! Today I'm joining an awesome group of bloggers for a new monthly furniture makeover series called "Furniture Refresh." Each month, we'll have a new theme and each of us will share a piece we've created that follows the theme. Should be fun, don't you think?


This month's theme is "Inspired by...". I have to admit, I love this theme, since lately we've been in a painting frenzy and our pieces have been inspired by just about everything. One such piece is this gorgeous empire table I found curbside over the summer.

It is solid mahogany (and I do mean solid), and I instantly fell for its beautiful curvy shape. I'd never seen anything like it, and I just couldn't pass it up. Despite that though, it had lots of missing and loose veneer, and it sorely needed a new look!


So what was my inspiration for this piece? As strange as it may sound, every choice I made about redoing this table was inspired by...the table itself. I went in with zero vision of what I wanted it to look like, and just let it speak to me :)

First, the color. Since the original was so dark, I really wanted to brighten it up a bit. But every time I looked at the base of the table, it reminded me of music - sheet music to be exact. Don't those feet resemble music notes? Please tell me you see it too :)

I just couldn't shake that image in my head, so black it was.


Once I'd finished the black, there still seemed to be something missing. I don't often use pre-made stencils on my pieces, but those little table feet got their way yet again. I found a stencil at the fabric store with shapes and lines that perfectly complemented the table base (and with a 60% off coupon, the price wasn't too shabby, either!)


I had already stained the insides of the drawers in a rich mahogany color, so to mirror those red tones and give the table a little shimmer, I went with a copper-colored glaze for the stencil. Here's a tip: I like to stencil with a makeup sponge - it's a great tool for controlling the amount of paint and preventing it from bleeding under the stencil!


I liked it so much that I added a few more copper highlights here and there.


Lastly, the hardware. Originally the drawers didn't have pulls at all, but I wanted to make them a bit easier to open. And it just so happened I had some in my stash that I'd salvaged from an empire dresser that was too water-damaged to restore. And wouldn't you know it, their shape and details went perfectly with the design of the stencil! I gave them a coat of the same copper glaze, followed by some dark metallic wax to add some dimension.


It came together pretty well for a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of project, don't you think?







Just goes to show, sometimes a piece will tell you exactly what it wants to be.

There are so many more "Inspired by..." pieces to see this month - check them out below!



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