IKEA Rast Dresser Hack

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hickory Hardware and Pittsburgh Paints and Stains. I was provided with an IKEA Rast Chest, furniture pulls from Hickory Hardware and a gift card for supplies. All opinions are 100% mine.

My brother gave me the green light to makeover his guest bedrooms while we’re staying at his house during these next 3 months. Since I don’t want to spend a huge amount on décor and furnishings, I’ve been bargain hunting like crazy to design these rooms on an itty bitty budget.

You guys saw my newly painted nightstands for our bedroom last week, well now it was time to give Ellie a nightstand/dresser to hold her summer clothes.

So what did I find? A $35 Rast dresser from IKEA.
But you wouldn’t be able to notice it now!


It’s hard to believe that just a week ago we were putting this puppy together in Ellie’s bedroom. And surprisingly enough, it took less than an hour to put together. Not too shabby for our very first IKEA assembly project.

ikea rast dresser makeoverTo get started I primed the entire Rast dresser.

ikea rast dresser ideasThen I sanded it down and followed it with a coat of Cranberry Splash, a wonderful hot pink/coral color from Pittsburgh Paints.

ikea rast dresser paintOnce the paint dried, I wanted to add a little design to match Ellie’s bed accent pillow… almost like a crystal nailhead trim. I decided to use some Gemstones that I picked up from Hobby Lobby (on sale for 50% off).

ikea nail head trim dresserAnd here’s the final look!

ikea rast dresser hack

I still want to paint in here and have some other decorating projects (lamp makeover, wall art, toy organizer), but this room is definitely taking shape!

ikea rast hack dresserAnd I love the Pendant Pulls I chose for this piece from Hickory Hardware. Just a bit of elegance to go with the crystal nailhead trim.

ikea rast dresser hack

ikea hack rast dresserSo pretty cute right? And I’m sure my brother won’t mind a hot pink dresser in his guest bedroom when we move out ;)

And it’s nice to know that the IKEA in St. Louis opens this Fall. I see a bunch more of these hacks in my near future!


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hickory Hardware and Pittsburgh Paints and Stains. All opinions are 100% mine.

Belle Craie Painted Nightstands with Glaze

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you guys had a nice weekend. Mine was filled with lots of paint projects, mostly for the two bedrooms we’re crashing in at brother’s house.

So today I’m sharing the new nightstands I’ve been working on for the past week. I tried a new paint/glaze and I’m in love with the final look.

painted nightstands zincI scored 2 of these for $20 each from St. Vincent DePaul thrift store right up the road.
The nightstands actually started out like this…

nighstand beforeThe old cherry wood really didn’t go with my new décor for the bedroom so I decided to try out Belle Craie paint on them. This is a new type of chalk paint I picked up from Red Posie (my favorite local vintage & paint supply store). The color I chose is Pavia and it’s a gorgeous gray/green tone.

pavia belle craie paintLaurie from Red Posie talked me into trying a Pearl Effects glaze over the paint. I was a little hesitant since I’ve never used it before, but after applying it with a pad applicator I quickly fell in love!

general finishes pearl effects red posieHere  you can see one nightstand with just the Belle Craie chalk paint, and the other with the General Finishes Pearl Effects glaze. The glaze really deepened the color and added a super cool glimmer to the nightstand.

pavie belle craie painted nightstandsAnd here’s the final piece…

painted nightstands zincSee up close how it shimmers?

belle craie nightstands paviaAnd I basically just wiped it on with the pad applicator. Not too thick, just a quick once over. Besides the shine, I also love the dark glaze left in the crevices.

belle craie pavia nightstands

belle craie painted nighstands

painted nighstands

belle craie pavia with zincI’m still working on finishing this guest bedroom makeover, but I’m happy to have the nightstands out of the way (hello extra storage!).

If you don’t live here in St. Louis near Red Posie, you can still order paint and glazes from them online. CLICK HERE. And if you don’t see something on their website, give them a call and they’ll ship it out to you!

painted nightstands with pearl effects