pinnable rast desk

Let me tell you how excited I was to be approached by Hickory Hardware to be part of this amazing Contest! The object is to receive this Plain IKEA Rast Dresser and turn it into something unique Using Pittsburgh Paints Trim Door and Furniture paint, along with Hardware from Hickory Hardware, and Supplies from Menardsrast-drawer-chest__25877_PE057109_S4


Ok Enough with all of that we’re on to What you’ll need:

The first thing we did was ran to Menard’s to pick up our supplies we needed.

  • 1 Quart of White Pittsburgh Trim, Door, and Furniture paint.

pittsburgh paint


  • 1- 24″x 80″ hollow core door (This is the base for our desk top)


  • One piece of plexi glass 72″ x 36″ (it says the price for the plexi glass is 99.00 online but it was actually only 53.00 at the store.)
  • Plexiglass Cutter (This scores the plexi then you just snap it . It worked really well for us.)




The How To:

– I primed then  spray painted the 2 desk Legs and all six caster wheels gold

taped wheels desk legs



-I assembled the Rast Dresser.This is a very easy task I had it done in about 20 Minutes the Instructions are very clear and easy to follow.

-After it was assembled it was time to add caster wheels to it. I had to flip it over and I set 2 pieces of pallet wood on it then took a pencil and marked where they needed to be cut.

pallet wood bottommarking pallet wood I then attached each board with the drill and screws.

pallet attach

After the boards were attached I added four caster wheels I had already spray Painted gold.

attaching wheel

I then marked and cut 2 pieces of wood to fit the desk legs. I then had to drill 4 holes in each leg to attach the piece of wood, This is so the Caster wheels would have something to screw into.

wood for desk legdesk leg caster I got these legs from IKEA ages ago, I don’t even remeber what they’re called. I looked through their website and it doesn’t look like they carry them anymore. Womp womp.

After the caster wheels were attached I then filled all of the holes on the drawers with Elmer’s Stainable Wood Filler.


I Then Used Pittsburgh Paints Trim, Door, And Furniture paint to paint the Drawers and the cabinet white. This paint is unreal. I’ve done 2 Rast dressers in the past and they each took 3 coats of paint a piece for full coverage. This stuff did it in one. I was quite impressed. It is oil based so you’ll definitely need to use it in a well ventilated area. I forgot to take photos of me painting everything (derp). I just used a nylon 2 in brush and like I said, I only had to apply one coat. AWESOME!

While waiting for the cabinet and drawers to dry we assembled the desk top.

We figured the Hollow core door would be a nice base, to attach pallet wood to, because it’s lighter than a solid piece of wood and its nice and thick so we’d be able to attach things to both sides without having any issues.

We have a ton of pallet wood from a good friend so I just started picking pieces I liked and started putting them together like a puzzle.

desk top assembly

After I got the look I wanted I screwed everything down then flipped the door over so we could cut the over hang of the boards off flush with the door,

cutting over hang

Now it was time to add the plexi glass. This was super easy we just laid it on the smooth side of the door clamped it down then scored it a few times and the over hang snapped right off. We then attached it using spacers and screws, to the pallet wood underneath.

While the door was flipped over after cutting the pallet wood off, we the attached the Rast and the legs to the top using wood screws.

attaching cabinet

When everything was attached it was time to add our GORGEOUS pulls and hooks from HIckory Hardware. Which are actually available at your local Menard’s They have a TON to choose from it makes it very difficult believe me.







We used this same technique from our last IKEA Rast Hack, to attach the handles. I used six handles and put them right next to each other to create a longer handle. It turned out so beautiful.

handles scissors

Now I’ve got somewhere to hang my scissors and store all of my supplies.

I also left about 8 inches uncovered by the Plexi glass because I wanted to add a handle to be able to move the table around easily.

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It makes such a huge difference when moving it around SO COOL.

It’s just a wall organiser from IKEA I spray Painted Gold.

This desk has turned out so amazing! It’s my favorite thing ever it’s pretty, functional, and has added a TON of workspace to my craftroom, I absolutely LOVE it. Thank you HIckory Hardware, Pittsburgh Paints, and Menards for allowing me to FINALLY have the desk I’ve always wanted, NOw on to some GORGEOUS AFTERS.

desktopbasketgold legsrast side basket

Hope you all enjoyed our project. Thank you so much for stopping by!

I’ll be linking up HERE & HERE




44 Comments on IKEA Rast Hack {New Craftroom Desk}

  1. Sarah @ Little Red Brick House
    08/18/2015 at 10:27 PM (2 years ago)

    Aaaaaaah! Stacey, this is gorgeous! Your whole craft room is so lovely. You guys are rockstars! Heading over to vote now!!

    • stacey
      08/19/2015 at 7:18 AM (2 years ago)

      Thank you Sarah! We still have a LOOONG way to go but this table really did turn out better than I had ever imagined. Thank you for voting 😀

  2. Barbara Warner
    08/18/2015 at 11:39 PM (2 years ago)

    I love that! You’ve taken a very small dresser and made a huge work table that will be easy to care for. I love the hooks and wire basket you’ve attached to it also. Smart girl, you are!

    • stacey
      08/19/2015 at 7:16 AM (2 years ago)

      Thank you Barbara! I’m so glad you like it. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

  3. Erin
    08/19/2015 at 6:07 AM (2 years ago)

    Great hack! I love the mix of textures and the Plexi glass top is a great idea to keep it clean and functional. 🙂

    • stacey
      08/19/2015 at 7:20 AM (2 years ago)

      Thak you Erin! Yeah The Beard was looking at me like I was crazy when I was like “Pallet Wood,Plexi glass,Gold, White,wheels, OH MY.” LOL. Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Melissa
    08/19/2015 at 7:34 AM (2 years ago)

    This turned out gorgeous! I love it!!

    • stacey
      08/21/2015 at 10:05 AM (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Melissa I’m so happy you like it 🙂

  5. Wendi @ H2OBungalow
    08/19/2015 at 7:48 AM (2 years ago)

    This looks fantastic! Love your vision.. pinned & sharing:)

    • stacey
      08/21/2015 at 10:06 AM (2 years ago)

      Wendi, you are so kind! Thank you for sharing.

  6. Wanda @ Just Vintage
    08/19/2015 at 5:08 PM (2 years ago)

    Wow! I had to do a double take when I saw what you started with. You’ve done a fantastic job!

  7. Mary-In the boondocks
    08/20/2015 at 6:11 AM (2 years ago)

    That is one gorgeous desk!! You should be VERY proud of yourrself!!!

  8. Ducks 'n a Row
    08/20/2015 at 8:17 PM (2 years ago)

    Drawers on the end? I WANT ONE!!!!!!!!!! You did such a great job, Stacey. I am going over to vote for YOU!
    {pinning and Stumbling too!|

    • stacey
      08/21/2015 at 10:04 AM (2 years ago)

      Awwwe!! Thank you so much, I really appreciate it.

    • stacey
      08/21/2015 at 10:09 AM (2 years ago)

      Winning would be so nice, but I’m just happy I got to participate. There are some pretty awesome transformations I’m up against. Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

  9. Vineta
    08/21/2015 at 1:45 AM (2 years ago)

    I love all these IKEA Rast transformations going around right now, and this is definitely one of my favorites!

    • stacey
      08/21/2015 at 10:10 AM (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Vineta! Yes there are some pretty awesome transformations, it’s really neat to see how everyone has a completely different vision.

  10. Tammy
    08/21/2015 at 9:00 AM (2 years ago)

    Oh I love this and how it turned out

    • stacey
      08/21/2015 at 10:10 AM (2 years ago)

      Thank you Tammy!

  11. Keitha The Bajan Texan
    08/25/2015 at 9:00 PM (2 years ago)

    Luv Luv Luv it! So featuring this at Pin Worthy Wednesday! thanks for sharing 🙂

    • stacey
      08/25/2015 at 9:48 PM (2 years ago)

      Thank you,so glad you like it!!

  12. Bharati
    08/26/2015 at 2:58 PM (2 years ago)

    Awwww!! Its so amazing. Love it

    • stacey
      08/26/2015 at 4:15 PM (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Bharati, I’m so happy you like it!

  13. Angela, Blue i Style
    08/27/2015 at 12:03 PM (2 years ago)

    Talk about packing a lot of function into one piece of furniture – not to mention a lot of style! I love it and I’m totally inspired to create a more functional desk for my office space! Thanks for linking up with us at The Creative Circle! I featured your desk this week, and I hope that you’ll come and party with us again!

  14. astass
    09/27/2015 at 10:00 AM (2 years ago)

    What a great transformation…

  15. Vandana
    01/09/2016 at 9:29 AM (2 years ago)

    How much did this project cost?

    • stacey
      01/12/2016 at 8:46 AM (2 years ago)

      Hi Vandana! I’ll break it down for you.
      Rast Dresser-40.00
      Handles 6.00 a piece -36.00
      wheels 2.00 a piece-8.00
      Legs- Free I already had them
      Hollow core door-20.00
      Pallet Wood-Free
      PLexi Glass 53.00
      MIsc Screws and Hardware-20.00

  16. Janelle
    01/29/2016 at 12:17 PM (2 years ago)

    This is so cute! And I just got a free dresser similar to the one you posted. I think I just found my weekend project. Thanks for sharing

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  18. Kim
    11/02/2016 at 9:26 AM (1 year ago)

    Could you provide more detail on the Plexiglass? What thickness did you use? Do you recommend a particular brand or place to buy? Thanks

  19. Esther Wong Hershman
    10/29/2017 at 12:30 PM (2 months ago)

    Hi, I know I’m finding this a couple of years after you did this project, so I hope you still get this message (just shows that it’s a timeless design!). FABULOUS job on this desk….it is AMAZING! (Did you win, by the way?)

    I’m wondering: could you attach the plexiglass top directly to the hollow core door, which I think I see that you either whitewashed or just bought in a light color? Did the pallet wood addition have a practical purpose or was that intended just for a complementary rustic look? Thank you!


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