Faux Apothecary Cabinet - My Ikea Rast Hack

A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to participate in an challenge. I love a good challenge so I was definitely game.
I've always really liked the look of card catalogs and apothecary cabinets so I set about to duplicate that look on a much smaller and simpler scale.
I started with the Ikea Rast dresser in blank slate form. First, I primed the dresser with PPG primer. I also used this as my base coat. It was a simple white paint but covered the dresser perfectly, left a great finish and provided just the muted white color I was looking for.
Once I primed my drawers I set about giving each drawer front the look of being 3 separate drawers all with color and added blue paint in grids.
To further delineate the drawer fronts and give the appearance of small, separate drawers, I added inexpensive photo frames to the center of each drawer.
I finished off the piece with French-inspired numbering and gold paint to add depth to the grids. You can find more details and a list of the specific paint colors and items used on my blog (link below). Thanks so much!

Mary Beth @ The How to Home
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  • Deborah Wiley Deborah Wiley on Feb 28, 2016
    Did you divide up the drawers to equal the markings on the outside? Just a dumb question, but thought it might be of assistance if used for organization

  • Vivienne Vivienne on Jan 23, 2017
    Hi there, Great use of plain draws. I am now going to try the same myself. So thanks for the feel good factor. Just one question. What are the outside dimentions of the picture frames as I will be getting them first. Thanks again for posting. Viv UK

  • Gidget Gidget on Jun 30, 2020

    I love it! Do you know how many inches the drawers were total p


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