Happy Holidays

Christmas Dinner Table Setting
Seriously, how can it be that this year is almost over, already!?! As I am wrapping up for this year to take some time off so we can spend some serious family time, I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate you stopping by here however often you do. I love sharing my DIY’s, freebies, Printables, fonts and bits of my life and my work with you guys, and I look forward to bringing you more handmade in 2014.

And in case you get bored during the Holidays, and need to create something. Here are a few of my recent projects that I finished and hopefully inspire you.

Christmas Dinner Table Setting | Clothesline place mats | Polka dot napkins

Clothesline place mats
I applied the same polka dot technique onto my clothesline place mats.

Ikea Rast makeover

And since I love this simple and inexpensive IKEA Rast 3 drawer chest, I made us a modern version for our hallway. I had also made one for Bailey a while back, take a look.

Ikea Rast makeover

Ikeas Rast

All I used was two pine 2×4, to give the two chest drawer stability. I simply cut them to the same length as both chest drawers measured standing next to each other, and screwed everything together with the pocket screw method. After I had the fame done, I simply drilled holes through the frame into the chest drawers, and used furniture screws to attach everything. The legs I got at ikea for just $14.

Ikea Dresser


Ikea Rast Makeover
And after everything was assembled, I put two coats of my favorite Graphite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and the Annie Sloan Clear Wax on. 

Ikea Dresser7
Ikea rast dresser

I added a bottom border (just to the front) to simply hide the legs and the 2×4 frame. The drawer pulls are from Keeler Brass Co., which I auctioned off ebay.

Hope I inspired you, to make your very own Ikea Rast furniture piece. Let me know if you do, I would love to see it!


      • Melody says

        Bettina, Lovely work and I want one! When you built the bottom frame, it says 2×4 but the picture is confusing me as they look like 1×4 or 1×6’s. Are they 2×4’s framed to fit the bottom of the dressers? The moulding trim on the bottom then would also be 2″ wide? Thanks for answering if you have time, much appreciated!

  1. Jenna says

    Just wanted to get a little more clarification- what tool did you use for the pocket screw method? Is there a different way to attach them? Do you have any additional pictures to show what the frames looked like as-is, and then when you added the 2 x 4’s? I want to try this for my bedroom but wanted to get as much information as possible before I start! Thanks so much!!!

    • Bettina Johnson says

      HI Jenna, the bottom frame is added for support, to keep the two dressers together, and also to attach the legs to. There was nothing on the bottom of the drawer where I could have installed the legs. The Kreg jig is really easy to use and it makes a big difference + you will find so many other ways to use it.
      Sorry I don’t have any other images of the project, but it basically were 4 pieces of wood we cut to fit the bottom and with the kreg jog we attached them to each other.

      Hope this helped, let me know if you have any other questions.


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