Today I am sharing with you a recent DIY project Christian and I took on. A little background to this DIY project goes back to almost two years ago when we moved in. Christian and I moved in together on one of the hottest days in June. We were lucky to get some great furniture pieces from his mom and Craiglist and all the other pieces we purchased came from…IKEA. Go ahead and hate all you want on IKEA but we happen to like it. All the pieces we have (sofa, dining room table, coffee table, etc.) are all still in perfect condition. Would I have rather spent those endless hours wasted on putting the furniture together on something else, absolutely! But in the end it works for our home and budget.
Now picture this, we moved in with an almost complete bedroom set. A bed and frame, a dresser, and a floor lamp but we lacked night stands. From June until about a month ago we searched Target, Craigslist, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Amazon, and IKEA but came up empty handed. They were either too small, too expensive, not enough storage, too short, wrong color or the wrong finish. We had given up. I was using a stack of old magazines for mine while Christian had a storage container as his.
It wasn’t until more recently I came across a pin on Pinterest. I was in love with the nightstand! It had to cost $250 at least. I clicked on the pin and closed my eyes until I thought the site loaded. I hit the jackpot, it was an IKEA hack (search IKEA RAST Hack and see all the other awesome designs you can do!)
I basically followed along the instructions on the original hackers blog but like most things, I put my own spin on it.
Christian and I made a trip to IKEA to purchase the RAST dressers after he agreed with me that he liked the look of the finished results.
1. Go to IKEA or IKEA Online and purchase the RAST dresser. You’ll want to purchase your stain and paint after getting the dressers. We used Benjamin Moore Chanitilly Lace paint with a high gloss finish, and stain in red mahogany. I also purchased brass spray paint for the knobs (not pictured).
2. Assemble the IKEA dressers while watching Dallas Buyer’s Club and enjoying a beer. (Well you can leave out the movie and beer but that’s what Christian did) Remember not to add the knobs on yet.
3. Stain the frame of the dresser with the three drawers removed. (I’m pretty sure we did one coat but add more for your desired look)
4. While the stain is drying (The stain takes way longer to dry than the paint) begin painting the drawers. I did about 3-4 coats of paint to acquire the finish I liked. The picture shows 1-2 coats.
5. Take the wooden knobs and place them upright in a box, or on newspaper and spray paint them entirely. 1-2 coats depending on preference of look. I did them in the box and let the first coat dry and then turned them so all angles were covered.
6. Allow everything enough time to dry. Now you can screw the knobs in to place and assemble the drawers back in to the base. Note: you can change out the IKEA knobs for anything you like. I just didn’t want to spend an additional $41 on the hardware suggested in the Pinterest idea.
7. Voila! Add your personal accessories to decorate your night stand and fill the drawers with things you need stored!