Faux Apothecary Cabinet

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.

Faux apothecary cabinet an Ikea Rast Hack from cupcakesandcrinoline.comFrom 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.Faux apothecary cabinet Ikea Rast Hack DIY with French Numbered DrawersI started by putting together only the shell of the dresser and then....


IMG_20160108_142847281Primed 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.IMG_20160109_112748980Once 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.IMG_20160109_114758252I 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.  😉

IMG_20160109_114852202For 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.IMG_20160109_120729533I had everything measured and my grid created so now it was time to paint on that gorgeous aqua color.IMG_20160109_120805306I only applied one coat of the Kingston aqua and that was enough to add just the right amount of color.IMG_20160109_121044451Here are my grids of color and my faux drawers all ready for the next step.IMG_20160111_084410447Using 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.  IMG_20160109_203105043I 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.Faux apothecary cabinet Ikea Rast Hack DIYI 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.Faux apothecary cabinet Ikea Rast Hack DIYYou 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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xo Mary Beth

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  1. You are soooooo creative!!! This is beautiful and I'm so impressed!! : )

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Awww, thank you, Deb! Miss you. <3

  2. Kim (TheKimSixFix) says:

    This turned out so great and your frame use was brilliant!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you SO much, Kim! I appreciate it. I think everything you create is awesome (really!).

  3. Love how it turned out! And adding those picture frames... brilliant!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Kati!

  4. What a brilliant way to update the Ikea rast. It's so unique it doesn't look anything like the original dresser. Very nice job.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Rebecca! 🙂

    2. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you very much, Rebecca!

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