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Potato Bin IKEA Hack

Furniture Makeovers 7 days ago
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My mom always kept her potatoes and onions in meadow gold colored plastic bins down in our laundry room. I've been storing mine in either the fridge or under the cabinet. But it was about time to do something a little more FUN! So when I had an opportunity to join the IKEA Rast Hack competition sponsored by Hickory Hardware and Pittsburgh Paints and Stains, I thought it was time to upgrade our potato and vegetable bin storage.
IKEA Rast Hack transformed into a storage cabinet for potatoes, onions, bread or other veggies, also includes a two-bin top drawer (which I love!!)
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The first thing we did was assemble the 3 drawer Rast Chest to see where we were at.
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Next, we measured 2" in, all around, laid down blue painters tape, and cut out the center of the two bottom drawers.
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Next we cut 45 degree angle pieces out on both sides of the top drawer; cut top front piece off of the drawer front; and then used that piece to make the center board for the two-bin drawer. (which I love!!)
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So modified, the raw Rast chest now looked like this, with a 2-bin drawer and two soon-to-be mesh screened drawers.
Several pieces were disassembled for the painting
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Mesh screen was stapled onto the back sided of the two bottom drawers.
  • potato bin ikea hack, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
Now it has a pretty 2-bin drawer with vintage looking knobs from Hickory Hardware
And two mesh (or chicken wire) screened drawers with fabulous potato bin style Hickory Hardware pulls this time.
The 2-bin drawers (which I love) can be used as a bread box or a bit of kitchenware storage.
And once we get to re-arranging our kitchen (we've just moved to a new house), I have just the place for this new piece.
You can see the full tutorial in the blog post below (voting for your favorite IKEA Hack is taking place up through November 9th)

To see more: http://stowandtellu.com/potato-and-vegetable-bin-ikea-rast-hack/

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  • Melody McLaughlin
    Melody McLaughlin Vaughn, MT

    You did a beautiful creative piece. I have dreamed of a new potato and onion bin since an older one aged out and had to be hauled away (years ago) I am going to show this to my husband and hopefully we can find a similar dresser and make this dream

    • Amy Ellis @ StowandTellU
      Amy Ellis @ StowandTellU Bolingbrook, IL

      @Melody McLaughlin For sure, Melody, this could be done with any small chest or dresser. Have fun shopping for one, and let me know if you have any questions. Share a picture when you're done if you have a chance. I'd love to see it. Thanks for the

  • Debwlovesthesun

    Love it!

  • Pat R
    Pat R Sanford, FL

    You placed a wood top on the cabinet? No mention of that.

    • Kathie Jones
      Kathie Jones Forest Hill, MD

      I think they stained the existing top while the rest was painted.

  • Jacquek
    Jacquek Springfield, MO

    beautiful job!

  • Vicki
    Vicki Smyrna, GA

    wow. so pretty. ty for sharing.

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