Resolution Renovation: Candy Colored Ikea Chests

Resolution Renovation: Candy Colored Ikea Chests

Julia Cho
Jan 16, 2008

During the month of January, we'll be posting photos and tips on DIY renovation projects from our readers. The first twenty submissions posted will receive an AT bib or T-shirt. Please click here for all the details.

Sol's mission: Find an affordable place to store her one year old's little clothes. Her creative DIY solution: Two very budget-friendly Ikea Rast chests plus glossy blue paint, and candy-colored modeling clay for knobs. We love the end result.


Location: Sterzing, South Tyrol, Italy

Project Details: My baby is now 1 year old, and he didn't have a proper place for his
little clothes. I am on a budget, so I thought the Ikea RAST chests were perfect money-wise (25 € each), but really dull and cheap-looking. The knobs were the best part. I made different rolls with thte clay, and sliced each knob. It was really fun. The final result is amazing, they look like huge candies.

Materials Used: Two Ikea Rast chests of drawers, 1 liter Dulux "blue diamond" glossy color for wood, 12 bricks Fimo oven hardening modelling clay, in different colors

Time Taken: It took me two days to mount the drawer chests, paint them (2 licks),
and 1 hour to make the knobs.

Basic Project Tip: My best friend's father is a carpenter and he advised to sandpaper the
wood after the first lick of paint was dry. This made the second lick adhere well and the result be truly glossy.

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