I love rustic wood projects.
They just seem to add so much warmth to a space. And I really love the contrast of rustic wood with other finishes and styles.
Like in our boys’ closet workspace. The mix of the rustic wood Ikea RAST hack storage piece and the rustic wood countertop and shelf in contrast with the slightly metallic decorative finish of the stencilled feature wall.
The addition of the RAST was definitely necessary in this space since there is not much storage in the closet now that we have converted it to a workspace. The countertop and upper shelf provide some storage for things they need to keep close to hand, but the RAST is the main source of storage. It’s the perfect size to slide ride beside a chair and under the countertop – and is shallow enough that the drawers slide in and out perfectly within the closet space.
Plus, it was a super thrifty and easy project that works perfectly with the rest of this closet workspace.
It started out like this – the basic Ikea Rast Dresser.
A classic and super inexpensive piece that you have probably seen hacked in quite a few different ways…
After assembling it (a feat on it’s own with those lovely Allen wrenches they include)… I simply gave it a couple of coats of Minwax Stain in Early American – a nice medium toned finish that, I think, gives a soft rustic feel to most types of wood. I let it dry thoroughly before we added the handles- you could give it a coat of matte varathane over top but I wanted it to feel more rustic and less shiny so I skipped that step.
To create the handles, we used some sisal rope and then drilled the already existing holes slightly larger to accommodate the breadth of the rope. I fed the rope through each hole, and then tied double knots behind the holes on the inside of the drawer to hold it in place.
I love the warm rustic touch that it adds to our boys’ closet turned workspace. It matches perfectly with the countertop that we built and installed, as well as with the live edge decorative shelf. It also provides some much needed storage for their craft supplies, writing materials, and even hockey cards!
The other projects I did for this little closet makeover:
And today from friends from the monthly DIY Challenge are sharing their own wood projects as well!
Rustic Ikea Tarva Hack at The Happy Housie (you are here)
10 Thrifty Wood Projects at Confessions of a Serial DIY-er
Rustic Wood Bathroom Sign at Artsy Chicks Rule
Old Wood Window Frame Mantel Backdrop at House by Hoff
If you are a fellow blogger, then we hope to see you here on Sunday at 4pm EST or 7pm PST for our monthly DIY Challenge link up – sharing your own wood projects!