Sunday, April 23, 2017

IKEA "Rast" drawers turned Laundry basket

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First of all... in fact... once again, sorry for disappearing for.. like half a year?!?!?! butttt... i have a GREAT GREAT GREAT news for my well wishers.. something that would make you all proud:')

I haven't been active from last August and the reason behind it was i started my interior design diploma and now in May I'd officially be an INTERIOR DESIGNER! Yesss!!! My family and friends know it how badly I've always wanted to be a certified pro and all by the grace of Allah(God) I've done it :')

I hope after reading this news you can now excuse my disappearance and celebrate another milestone in my journey. CHEERS!!! XD

Lets get to the latest piece i did. I've done quite a number of projects in these few months and will be posting all of them. I'll also share the assessments and all the new things i learnt.

My regular readers do know already how much i LOOOOVE redoing old pieces of furniture and this time as well I've done it again. That reminds me of the song "OOPS I DID IT AGAAAIIINN.. I PLAYED WITH YOUR HEART.. GOT LOST IN GAME... OH BABY BABY!!!" I know you just sang that in your head, don't deny it :P i love it how a single song can take you back to the memory land :') simply amazing:')
Back to the point, I bought the IKEA "RAST" drawers for less than half of its original price from a local for-sale group on fb (i know its price is already low but why not save whatever and whenever you can) and what happened next is given below in the step by step tutorial B)

Unfortunately (and habitually) i forgot to take the BEFORE picture of the drawers but here is the one from the Internet:

Just type "rast drawers" on google and you get to see the craziest transformations done by people. this piece is a blank canvas for diy-ers and the transformations they've done are really out of this world. Google it pal Google it :*

so here is my version of the---->canvas<----
Sorry for the poor angled picture, this space is a mini corridor outside my Bathroom and its a bit narrow.
I've turned thisssss into a laundry basket!! yeeeeaaahh!! you read it right! its a laundry basket ;')
It also has 2 bags inside to sort things out, you'll get to see it later in pictures :)

Coming to the steps:
1. I first dissembled all the drawers keeping just the front of each drawer and removed the knobs.

2. Then joined those fronts all together into one single piece, to be used as the door, with wood glue on the joints. Took 10 mm thick MDF planks cut according to the size, and glued them on the inner side then secured them in place with screws.

One side done.

The other one too.

And that's what the door looked like when ready.

3. Its a Story time now :)
Once upon a time my sister's neighbors threw their bed away and luckily it happened when i was at her. As soon as i saw the headboard of that bed who's pillars were each adorned by these antique-ish globes, i knew they were too pretty to get crushed by the garbage truck in the morning. I rushed towards them and rescued these pretty babies, they looked back at me all grateful and smiled (ok enough drama for today) then came the day when i repainted them and turned them into the front legs of my art work and they stood all proud taking all the burden of the dirt laundry on their tiny shoulders (i said enough drama for today huda!)
The rescued babies :)
4. That little piece of wood you see down there was removed and screwed back again but right on the edge.

5. The bottom was closed using another piece of wood plank.
Bottom closed
6. Sanded and painted in white and added the hardware. All the hardware I used was in gold finish, the hinges and even the screws were golden. I didn't fill in the hole as I wanted to put the HUGE nail heads there. Also used a trim to create the pattern required.
Painted and hardware +  nail heads added.

Pattern made using a trim

7. Guess what was used to do the top??
Any guess?? I bet you cant;)

I used disposable CAKE PLACE MATS to cut the floral pattern and punched the butterflies.
Also used the lace pattern to create half frame. AND finally modpodged them all together on the top.
The lace separated and the butterflies in making.

8. Time to add some more hardware! 
As you can see in the previous images that the hinges were at the bottom instead of sides, the door would open to the downward direction, i took a thick chain connected to screw in hooks then screwed one end in the door and the other on the inside of the chest, keeping the level same.
chains with the hooks connected

9. Then i took 2 Pillow covers... yes pillow covers.. I had a number of pairs left from an art event, so this was a perfect use for them. using glue gun i stuck one side's seam of the cover to the door. then stretched it towards the chest and glued the other side in there. The reason behind using pillow covers was to have a space to sort things like socks and undergarments. Now i don't lose anymore socks :p
chain screwed in and the pillow covers glued on each side.

10. Legs screwed at the front and a piece of plank painted and screwed at the back to work as hind leg 
Ready for the use now :')

Pics after setting it on it places and decorated with some accessories.

There it is.. standing tall and and pretty.

Sexy legssss xD

Top close up once again 

The wall hanging you see in this picture is the next post on this blog. Wait for it ;)

I hope you guys liked my innovation. And sorry once again for disappearing for so long, but i came back being a better version of myself, right? :D
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