I needed more storage space in my kitchen. With only a small space for a tall display cabinet I decided that it was best to design and build one to custom fit the space. Ikea to the rescue! I like the look of the DRAGET shelf unit for displaying my dry goods but I still needed some drawers for hidden storage and I wanted it to be taller to take advantage of the vertical space. I checked the measurements online and the RAST is almost the same dimensions as the DRAGET. Huzzah! An ikea hack was born!
I assembled both units to get a visual of them together. If I were to do this again I would make all of my cuts before the assembly.
First I sanded down the RAST top so it was completely level.
I removed the legs from the DRAGET with an electric saw. Be careful of sparks!
I attached the base of the DRAGET to the top of the RAST with liquid nails along the border where the two units touch. I clamped them together, carefully and quickly wiped away the excess glue that squeezed out of the edges, and let it set overnight.
After the unit was glued together I realized it was still too tall for my space so I decided to cut down the base of the RAST 1 inch & a half just below the bottom screw that holds the front kick plate to the sides. Again, if I were to do this project over I would have cut the RAST pieces down before assembly.
I stained the RAST with Minwax wood finish in Golden Oak 210B. To get this look I had to brush on the stain and immediately follow with a rag to wipe it right off. This allows the least amount of stain to absorb into the wood for a very light finish.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.