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Box Camera Dresser ~ Ikea Rast Hack

It’s makeover time! I am so excited to have had the opportunity to work with Hickory Hardware to recreate an Ikea Rast Dresser utilizing their wide assortment of pulls. Let me introduce you to my Ikea Rast Hack.

Box Camera Dresser - Ikea Rast Hack by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

*project provided by Hickory Hardware and includes affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too. (see full disclosure)

This is my first time ever laying hands on any Ikea furniture since the closest store is over an hour away. If you know me, then you know I typically deal with vintage/antique furniture. This was a new avenue and working with a new piece was fun. When I first laid eyes on the Rast dresser (retail $34.99) this is what I saw:

Box Camera Dresser - Ikea Rast Hack by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It’s a total blank slate, just ready for creativity. Fun! My mind instantly saw a vintage box camera. The dresser is boxy and perfect for some hand-painted goodness.

For this makeover, we had our choice of pulls from Hickory Hardware, and I wanted a sleek, vintage-looking pull. This is what I chose:

Box Camera Dresser - Ikea Rast Hack by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It’s called the Aero Chrome and you can find it here.

A talented blogger friend of mine, Pam at House of Hawthornes, has a similar taste to mine in her decor. She also adores vintage cameras like myself. When I saw her beautiful Brownie camera, I knew it would be the perfect model for my dresser. (psst! She’s got a fantastic camera printable for you!)

Box Camera Dresser - Ikea Rast Hack by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After opening up the box, I laid everything out to paint with the basic black paint for the cabinet.

Box Camera Dresser - Ikea Rast Hack by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Because the dresser was designed to incorporate the included round knobs, I needed drill an extra hole for each pull I was adding. Since my pulls measured 3″ center-to-center, I just measured 3″ from the existing hole and drilled. Easy enough.

Box Camera Dresser - Ikea Rast Hack by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After that, the cabinet sides, top, and drawer fronts all got painted with the black paint. And because I’m quirky, I decided to do a fun peek-a-boo drawer to look like film strips.  I used my metallic silver paint as a base and the same black paint as before with a sponge brush to get that effect.

Box Camera Dresser - Ikea Rast Hack by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It’s starting to come together and I’m getting excited!

Assembly of the dresser was straightforward with the manual. Thankfully only a couple minimal tools were needed.

To create that camera design, I projected the image onto my dresser front with an artist’s projector, but you could also use this method. In order to create those crisp lines, I used Frog Tape down the front of the dresser and hand-painted in the design.

Box Camera Dresser - Ikea Rast Hack by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I wanted to give this boxy beauty some height, and in order to do that I added some 1 x 4’s to the base. Next, I added some perfect little hairpin legs.  I love those things, and use them in my rustic furniture for my shop.

Box Camera Dresser - Ikea Rast Hack by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I’m delighted at how it all worked together and turned out just as I had envisioned.

Isn’t it sweet?

Box Camera Dresser - Ikea Rast Hack by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

On the sides I left those screw heads showing because they reminded me of the screws that hold a box camera together.

Box Camera Dresser - Ikea Rast Hack by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure which feature I love more, the hairpin legs…

Box Camera Dresser - Ikea Rast Hack by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

the peek-a-boo film strip sides…

Box Camera Dresser - Ikea Rast Hack by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

or those sleek pulls.

Box Camera Dresser - Ikea Rast Hack by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Best new is that it is on its way to its new home from my shop. This project was so fun that it won me a whole kitchen worth of new hardware and I can’t wait to show you in our kitchen remodel.

Box Camera Dresser - Ikea Rast Hack by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Ikea Rast Hack because I sure had fun giving it a try!

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47 replies on “Box Camera Dresser ~ Ikea Rast Hack”

That’s quite a dream you had! Could see in a kids room with said kid explaining” this is from the olden days”. Love it!

I saw the sneak peek over on Instagram and had to rush right over to see the whole piece. This is adorable! I always love your projects but this may be my all-time favorite Rast hack. Including the one I did for my kitchen!

Great job!

I collect vintage Kodak cameras. I have several Six-16s and I can attest that every detail of this wonderful dresser is PERFECT! Love it. I’m sharing on my Once Upon a Firefly FB page.

Oh my gosh Larissa!! How incredibly creative and what a desirable piece of furniture!! You are one of the most imaginative designers ever!
I’m so proud of you!!

larissa, I love everything you do! I have a young friend who is a photographer and I’d love to make her one of these! I don’t have a projector so I’m going to have to go see the other method you mentioned cause I really must do this! and the vintage van dresser – you make it all look so fun!

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