After our wedding last year I jumped right into my next project: DIY furniture and purchasing new items for our future apartment. After all, I thought to myself: “I am married, time to grow up” and nothing says “hey I’m a grown-up” like an Ikea trip on a Saturday afternoon!
In my opinion, there are two different groups of people in this world: those who buy furniture for long term, and those who buy/DIY because they like to decorate. I fall into the later category… for now.
When I purchase something from Ikea I’m not naive. I know it will not stand the test of time, but I love to decorate so I see myself switching up our home decor frequently in the future. Eventually I would like to get a few “nice” pieces, but considering my budget for decorating is comparative to a popper instead of a prince Ikea hacks, Joss & Main, and Home-Goods purchases are where it’s at for the time being.
Now onto the good stuff, my very first Ikea hack, or “Making the Ikea Rast look classy.”
At $34.99 a pop, this three drawer chest is more than affordable, especially for a newlywed couple. But the plain, unfinished wood is boring, and the door knobs remind me of a college dorm room… well the whole table reminds me of college room furniture, so that needed to change.
The ombre trend is big, but I think it hit its Pinterest peak back in May when I tackled this project. The easiest way to make something ombre is to get a paint card from the store and use the colors in the series. I chose a red color by Martha Stewart.
But you know what I learned quickly? Paint is freaking expensive. So being the cheap-o I sometimes am, I bought the three sequential reds in sample size. Each container was just enough to paint two drawers, one for each bedside table.
One of my favorite secrets to update furniture quickly is replacing the knobs. At about $2 a pop they were very affordable and add a little something, somethin’.
These Rast’s have lasted us just about a year and I have to admit I’m slightly surprised at just how well they have held up. The only cosmetic damage happened while moving: some paint scratched off in one spot. Other than that one small issue everything has held up well, and the are fully functional. The Rasts store our socks and PJ’s so they are used everyday and have held up fabulous!
I love how the red looks with the blue accent wall. I once read that every room should have a “pop of red” to liven it up, and this is something I keep in mind when decorating. Unless my main color palate is yellow because adding something red in that scenario just makes me think of McDonald’s french fries.
If you have a Rast Hack of your own, or any other “Ikea Hack” share the link in the comment section, I’d love to see what you’ve come up with!
My original source of inspiration is from here.