This is a very accurate post title considering when our friends Mike and Crystal came to visit last year we also put them to work. It’s what
we I do. So this past weekend my Bestie from back in college (our first internship to be exact!) came to stay with us, and I warned him to bring messy clothes because I had projects waiting for him. Any other house guest may be annoyed by this request, but I have definitely helped him a time or two with painting projects, so it’s only fair ;)
I finally (finally!!) decided to get started on my two Ikea Rast hacks. I mean really? I bought these things Easter weekend, and they’ve been hiding in the guest room ever since. Saturday night it was raining cats and dogs so we decided to stay in and each build a Rast. Holy nightmare.
We each tackled one and started off racing (because races are fun!) but we ended up having to help each other because certain steps required a lot of shoving and bending and tweaking. And those instructions. I mean I’ve put together a lot of Ikea furniture in my day, but on these babies every piece looks exactly the same and the photos don’t really differentiate between the “differences”. Yikes.
Also, we decided that it would be much easier to paint them AFTER they were built, which it definitely was. That part is up to you though. If you have experience paining furniture then I highly suggest building them first, but if you rather paint each piece and then assemble, have at it! :)
Once everything was assembled, I knew that I didn’t want to use the plain wooden knobs that came with the Rasts. So I filled in the pre-drilled holes with wood filler, let it dry for 20 minutes, and sanded everything down.
I had picked up some extra hardware during my kitchen transformation for about .50cents a pop and thought they would be perfect for my little Rasts. Clearly I’m having a gold moment.
So I measured out where I wanted each pull to be and used a little template I made to get everything centered and level. Then I drilled my new holes.
I wanted to drill the new holes before painting so that I wouldn’t mess up the fresh paint.
We brought the dresser frames outside to paint first (and again we raced). The wood on these is very soft and sort of acts like a sponge with the paint, which I actually liked because even though we chose a satin finish latex paint, they still had a sort of matte chalk paint effect where you could slightly see the grain. If you don’t like that look you may want to add a few more coats. We only had two.
The color I chose was “Date Night” by Valspar in a satin finish. Here is the first coat. See how you can still see the grain?
Sorry ladies, he’s taken.
And here is the second coat. We obviously skimped a bit and didn’t paint the piece of MDF on the back (who is going to EVER see that?)
We brought the frames inside to dry and got started on the drawers, painting two at a time. Seriously guys, teamwork makes things SO much faster!
We left the drawer bottoms alone because they are made of MDF and probably wouldn’t take the paint well. I plan to line each drawer with pretty paper later this week.
We let everything dry for an hour or so and went to explore the flood damage like any other normal people after crazy weather. Once everything was dry we added all of the hardware to the drawers.
I had also picked up six packs of these corner brackets from our local hardware store for about $2 per pack (each pack had 4 corners).
And we each began fastening them on to each corner of the drawers. This part was sort of a pain as well because a few screws didn’t want to go in all the way since they were hitting some of the hardware withing the drawer faces, but we made it work!
And here they are in all of their glory! I just love the campaign style they sort of take on.
What do you guys think? Honestly I am SO glad I had Chris there to help me or these would have been such a chore. Maybe I should just hire an assistant haha :)