Fantastic Ikea Chests DIY Makeovers

All over blog land there have lately been many posts about talented people taking their ordinary, mass produced Ikea chests and turning them into fantastic, unique pieces, with just a little creative thinking and some elbow grease.

Here are two classic Ikea chests/benches you see being used often — Besta for $125 and Rast (all pine) for $29.99.

Now, look at this.

A VERY talented home owner & blogger (Tina with Signed by Tina) wanted this chic style and look but not the $2000+ price tag.

So… she went to work on her Ikea Besta bench (without legs) equipped with a hammer, upholstery nails and some paper for drawing the pattern (and a very precise eye!).

How fantastic is that!

Tina also took on her bathroom cabinets.

Thank you for the inspiration lovely Meera!

And look at these Ikea chest transformations:

Yep, this would be that pine Rast chest — now looking chic and fabulous.

And here is another Ikea “Rast” project by my lovely blog friend Nancy.

She painted two Rast chests black, added stenciled details and changed the hardware. Drool worthy, I know!

And here is that sad looking “Rast” again.

Transformed into this:

Thank you for the inspiration, Bright Will!

And here is yet another great project.

A plain Ikea chest.

Turned it into this! Can’t believe it is the same piece.

Thank you lovely Jill for the inspiration!

I am very tempted to try this myself. I envision a couple of nightstands in the guest bedroom or a long white hutch in our big bonus/play room. Would love to make something similar to this:

Perhaps a fun summer project to work on outside in the backyard with grass between the toes.

Warm hugs to you all.

Last image via Marcus Design. All other photo credits found as part of the text.
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  • tinajo says:

    Wowsers – this is really, really cool! Gotta love people with an creative eye! :-)

  • Greet says:

    Monika, the title of this post you have very well chosen! This is a fabulous DIY!! My goodness, I love to hear and to see the work of people who have such a creative mind!!
    Wonderful, splendid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Wish you a very sunny spring week my friend!

  • Ingenious ways to spruce up these plain old looking chests. Thanks for sharing this with us Monika. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I, unfortunately, came down with food poisoning so was housebound for 4 days, but much better today. I might write about it tomorrow in my post.

    A big warm hug and kiss!

  • wow.. I love them all.. not to mention how wonderful everything in their photos are… such professional styling too.. these people have talent!!! Timely for me too as I have some chests I was just considering if I should throw or keep..maybe keep!!

    Hope you are well Monica.. Have a lovely week.. ciao xxxx Julie

  • These are so amazing!! I love seeing the transformations and now I’m dreaming about doing one too :)

  • I love seeing these! awesome DIY!

  • My kind of post! Amazing transformations that have totally inspired me. Ikea, here I come!

  • Style Attic says:

    Holy Cow! I’ve seen one of those chests before, but the collection as a whole is SO inspiring!! I am in need of two bigger night stands and I’m totally thinking of doing this as well. First I need to go and buy a big jar of elbow grease :) Love DIYer stuff. I have have always been a fan of such. Very cool! XO, Kelly

  • Carole says:

    Wow, I love all the studwork and the stenciled chest. It’s always so satisfying to turn something plain into something beautiful. And at little or no cost.
    Hope you’re well Mon. Have a great week. xx

  • Franki Parde says:

    I LOVE this kind of ingenuity! We just took a tall armoire with NO detailing (just a box) and added crown moulding, bun feet, wallpapered the inside (and the drawers) added mirrors to the inside doors and painted it to “blend” in the bedroom. Voila! franki

  • i LOVE that first RAST makeover: wowza!

  • etta says:

    WOWWWW!!! I love these transormations!!!

  • laxsupermom says:

    Wow! I’ve seen a couple of these before, but seeing all of the transformations together is so inspiring! I’m especially loving the added molding to make the chinoiserie chests out of the Rast. Terrific! Thanks for sharing.

  • michele says:

    yessssssss! you should totally hack that nighstand. my imagination is running wild with not only what i could do with an inexpensive chest, but what some of my artist friends could create!

    great yummy inspiration to start our week, Monika.



  • Eddie Ross says:

    Great inspiration. I love seeing inexpensive furniture turned into something fabulous!!!
    Have a wonderful week.

  • LiveLikeYou says:

    Wow! Love the take on all of them. The creativity is just amazing. I tell you Ikea might have a whole new business. They should dedicate space for imaginative makeovers on their site with how-to’s. Don’t you think?

  • People are so creative. I’ve always loved the two toned wood and white ones people have done.

  • Mon, these are A-W-E-S-O-M-E!! I can’t believe my eyes, they all look so ‘designer’! Very inspiring, makes me want to do DIY makeovers all the time.

    Absolutely fabulous collection of IKEA chest makeovers!! I am blown away!

    Meera xx

  • Rene says:

    It is very tempting to try one of these projects. They are all fantastic!

  • aren’t they all great! I think tina’s is my fave but I’d take any one of them. Now if I just had the time to take on a project like this!


  • Lisaroy says:

    Wow these are all so stunning! I definitely need to tackle one for myself!

  • Charlotta says:

    Monika these are amazing and I am so impressed with what these girls have created. As much as I wish I could carry this out myself, I am more a ‘conceptualist’ than an ‘executionalist’ – great with ideas but not so happy doing the handy work.. Something to change for sure!

    I particularly love the studded chest of drawers. It must have been so hard to do given the hammer easily could have damaged the veneer lacquer. Impressive1

    Before I go. Have you seen the ‘IKEA Hackers’ blog? It’s amazing and I know you’ll love it there.
    URL: http:

    xx sis

  • Anci says:

    Det var precis vad jag behövde ! Så mycket inspiration på en sådan liten plats. Det är roligt att se vad det går att göra med mycket fantasi och lite pengar. Jag beundrar deras kreativitet. Och tack för att du visar !!


  • quintessence says:

    SO wish I were handy like this. Alas DIY is just not my thing. But these are indeed swoon worthy projects!!

  • Tina says:

    I feel so excited when I stumble oupon projects like this. ‘Rast’ from Ikea has become ver popular lately.
    So much fun to look at all these great ideas. Why can´t I come up with something like that? I truly admire all the creative people out there!!!

  • Delishhh says:

    Love this. I can’t believe what Tina did to that chest, i have one of those sitting inside my closets :)

  • Julie says:

    HI! So great to see your comment the other day:) Glad to see you’re doing great and these pieces are very creative! Hugs! Julie

  • so amazing! hope you are well. xo

  • i love them all. F A B U L O U S! hugs to you, Mon. Wonderful post!

  • BLUE FRUIT says:

    I have seen a couple of these in my travels in blogsland, but I think it is fantastic that you have pulled them {+ a stack more} together in one neat post. And all is beautifully edited to let the sheer genius of the Transforming Heroes take centre stage!

    Brilliant post ~ I bet Ikea is watching!

  • Mia says:

    Hi Mon, always great ideas from you :)
    Hope you feel fine!

    Warm hugs!

  • WOW! I am truly blown away…….amazing what a decent little chest, paint, a trip to the hardware store and most importantly, a great imagingation (and who said over active imaginations are not a good thing) can do!! Amazing incredible ttransformations…just love it! And to know that you created this makes it that much sweeter. Excellent and super inspriring post!!
    PS Thanks for visiting me…and your kind words:)

  • Lana says:

    Such great ideas Mon, wish I had more time to try and do some DIY! xx

  • Kari says:


    These are TERRIFIC! What amazing and creative ideas. I LOVE this post. Can’t wait to see how your chest turns out.

    Happy Spring!


  • Monika, Wow are those transformations fabulous! I am so impressed by their vision and skill! Jealous!!!


  • I can’t wait to see what you come up with! I have been amazed at all of these transformations — it is just so impressive!!!

  • Giovanna says:

    it’s amazing what people can do with ikea furniture! i’m so impressed…it’s a blank canvas transformed into something fabulous.

  • Monkia, a HUGE HUG and a thank you for posting my project, I feel like such a newbie compared to all of the other fantastic DIYers you’ve shown here. And I too would love to try that last night table you’ve shown, it would be lovely wouldn’t it? Hugs to you my dear friend :)

  • escapade says:

    Wow – these are incredible Mon! I’d seen Aubrey + Lindsay’s before (which is amazing!) but not these others. I’m so inspired to start a new project…

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