I’d like to thank Hickory Hardware and PPG Voice of Color for giving me this opportunity.
This was such a fun post for me to do. I was given an Ikea Rast dresser and told that I could do whatever I wanted with it – whatever! It took me a long time to figure out exactly what my whatever was. I tend to work best under pressure and once the idea came to me I was on my way.
From the time I was little I loved the look of card catalogs at the library and apothecary cabinets. For this DIY I combined the two and created a faux apothecary cabinet. I started by putting together only the shell of the dresser and then….
Primed the dresser and the drawers with PPG SealGrip Alkyd Universal Primer/Sealer. After talking with the helpful guys at my local PPG Paints store I decided to use the Primer/Sealer as my main color and there was no need to paint over it if I chose not to (yay!). I painted/primed my dresser and then moved on to the next step. Once my paint was dry I lined up all three drawers to mark where I would paint my next color to create the look of separate drawers. I marked off the areas that I wasn’t going to paint with painter’s tape and measured for the faux drawers. I tried out the position of the Hickory Hardware handles I chose for this project as well. I’m a visual person so I have to see it to figure things out. (I chose 3 In. Williamsburg Black Mist Cup Cabinet Pulls as the main hardware for this hack – I love cabinet pulls and the black provides a nice and noticeable contrast). It’s important that I do steps like this in my basement while wearing fuzzy slippers and big, baggy pajama pants. 😉
For my accent color I chose PPG Pittsburgh Paints, Manor Hall Interior paint in a gorgeous Kingston Aqua. I wanted the piece to have a big of a French look to it and this blue is perfect. I had everything measured and my grid created so now it was time to paint on that gorgeous aqua color. I only applied one coat of the Kingston aqua and that was enough to add just the right amount of color. Here are my grids of color and my faux drawers all ready for the next step. Using painter’s tape once again I marked off an edge around each of my color grids and outlined them with gold craft paint. This was done to further delineate the areas and create the look of drawer edges. I wanted the center drawer to stand out a little more than it was so I went through my stash of stuff and found three 3.5 x 3.5 frames. It was totally a bonus but these were the perfect size to add to the center of each drawer. I also painted an interior area of the frames with gold paint to continue on with the same look as the other two parts of the drawers. I don’t have pictures of this part of the process but I stenciled on French numbers for each drawer and added card catalog-type drawer pulls to the center of each. I lightly sanded random areas of the drawers to give the piece a bit of a worn look and that was it! My faux apothecary cabinet was completed. You can see more Ikea Rast Hacks by following Hickory Hardware on: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest as well as PPG Voice of Color on: Facebook, <Twitter and Pinterest
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