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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #prodigalpieces

the peek-a-boo film strip sides…

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

or those sleek pulls.

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

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

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  • Kim @ Reposhture

    You totally rocked this one. I love, love, love the film strip sides. That is like the icing on the cake as far as fun goes and those pulls are dynamite. Great work!!

    March 30, 2015 at 8:21 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Ha! Thanks, Kim. Yes, those pulls are funky fun. 🙂

      March 30, 2015 at 9:22 am Reply

    Wow… this is awesome!! What a creative spin on this IKEA rast!!!!!!!!

    March 30, 2015 at 8:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hee hee…thank you! It was fun and I love what you did with yours in one of my favorite colors. 😉

      March 30, 2015 at 9:23 am Reply
  • Ellen Braunberger

    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!

    March 30, 2015 at 12:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      What a sweet vignette that would be!

      March 30, 2015 at 10:20 pm Reply
  • Jennifer

    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!

    March 30, 2015 at 12:13 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Ha! Fun! I’d love to see what you did with it. It’s such a blank canvas with sooo many possibilities.

      March 30, 2015 at 10:20 pm Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    FAB-U-LOUS! <3 <3 <3
    Fantastic job Larissa!

    March 30, 2015 at 1:48 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Jen! Your suitcase dresser was da bomb!

      March 30, 2015 at 10:19 pm Reply
  • Ann Murphy

    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.

    March 30, 2015 at 1:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Fantastic! I love the uniqueness of these pieces and love to share them with my kids. 🙂

      March 30, 2015 at 10:25 pm Reply
  • Jill @ The Rozy Home

    Oh this is just too darn cute!!!!

    March 30, 2015 at 2:25 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Ha! Thanks, Jill!

      March 30, 2015 at 10:24 pm Reply
  • Doreen @ Hymns and Verses

    That is just over the top adorable!!!!

    March 30, 2015 at 2:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re so sweet…thank you!

      March 30, 2015 at 10:24 pm Reply
  • [email protected] Interior Frugalista

    That is one sweet IKEA Rast Hack – love it Larissa! Something tells me this won’t be in your Etsy shop long.

    March 30, 2015 at 3:16 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for stopping by, Marie. It was a fun project for sure!

      March 30, 2015 at 10:24 pm Reply
  • Sherry Fram

    Awesome dresser!! It looks fantastic! Love the film drawer sides!

    March 31, 2015 at 12:09 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Sherry! Those drawers were just begging to be drawn out. Makes it even more fun!

      March 31, 2015 at 5:42 am Reply
  • Betsy Holets

    Beyond fabulous!

    March 31, 2015 at 10:03 am Reply
  • Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    How completely creative is that??? VERY!! Love it…it’s awesome!!!

    March 31, 2015 at 10:16 am Reply
  • [email protected]

    Awesome job, Larissa! You are so creative! I love everything about this hack!!

    March 31, 2015 at 5:33 pm Reply
  • Joie Conrad Glatt

    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!!

    April 2, 2015 at 7:17 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hey lady! Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet words. It was a fun project!

      April 3, 2015 at 5:42 am Reply
  • ananda

    you are AMAZING!!!! this is mega chic and cool, love love!! xo

    April 4, 2015 at 10:10 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are too kind, Ananda. Thank you for stopping by and showing me some love! 🙂

      April 5, 2015 at 4:46 am Reply
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  • michele

    Way outside the box, Larissa. You are so creative and the finished piece is absolutely museum quality!

    April 10, 2015 at 10:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hahaha…thank you! It was so fun and I can’t wait to have another one to do.:)

      April 10, 2015 at 12:23 pm Reply
  • Brenda Young

    Oh Larissa, this one is so quirky, cute, fun and adorable! Love it, very imaginative! And those legs are a perfect match…

    April 10, 2015 at 10:39 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Brenda! I just LOVE hairpin legs. 🙂

      April 11, 2015 at 7:01 am Reply
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    I LOVE it!!! What a super cool idea, Larissa!

    April 11, 2015 at 12:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Julia! I hope to win the Hickory Hardware contest…fingers crossed. 😉

      April 11, 2015 at 6:58 am Reply
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  • Benita

    This is gorgeous and would look great with my vintage camera collection! 😉

    April 13, 2015 at 8:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! I’m on the hunt for a vintage chest in need of a makeover. 😉

      April 13, 2015 at 10:32 am Reply
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  • Jill Flory

    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!

    August 18, 2015 at 7:54 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Jill! It si fun and your daughter will love it because it’s unique and because you created it for her. Have fun with it and show me what you do! 😉

      August 19, 2015 at 9:23 pm Reply
  • Brenda Young

    Larissa, this is my most favorite Ikea Rast Hack Ever! Such adorable funky cuteness I can’t stand it!

    August 23, 2015 at 9:56 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      YAY!! Happy to hear it, Brenda! I haven’t decided if I’ll do another, but it was fun for sure.

      August 26, 2015 at 10:04 am Reply
  • Janet Schen

    I absolutely adore this! My mom had a Brownie when I was a kid. Thanks for a memory!

    October 18, 2019 at 11:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      aww…how fun! It is my pleasure to share. Than you for the love, Janet. 😀

      October 19, 2019 at 5:25 am Reply

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