Learn how we transformed a simple dresser into this IKEA RAST Nightstand hack for our master bedroom makeover! All for under $50 each!!
This project was one of many that has been on my list to try for some time now. Trust me, there are many projects I’d love to tackle, unfortunately I’ll probably never get around to trying them all. But I can sure try….Right?!? Since, this IKEA RAST Nightstand hack sure caught my eye and an absolute scrolling stopper on Pinterest. I knew this one was a must!
We kind of ran in to a dilemma after my husband built our DIY poster bed. We never took into consideration, that we needed nightstands for either side of the bed. As much as I thought we planned it all out perfectly to fit everything….I was sadly mistaken!
For this reason, now I was on the hunt for something to fit to those exact dimensions for the space. Despite many efforts of searching for months, I had no luck finding anything. Under these circumstances, a DIY project was definitely in order.
If you are a DIYer like me, sometimes one project can instantly leads to another. Therefore, It reminded me about those nightstands I seen on Pinterest. Now to make sure it would fit with the correct measurements.
IKEA RAST DRESSER
Materials Needed For This Ikea Rast Hack Nightstand:
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- real wood dresser: I used an IKEA RAST DRESSER, but any thrifted or new real wood dresser would do.
- compact table saw (must be able to set the blade to 1/8″ depth)
- straight edge, ruler, and pencil
- sandpaper (220 grit)
- stain of choice: I used Sanman in (Brazilian cherry)
- clear coat: I used Saman flat
- library pull hardware
- any white latex paint (if you choose to paint the shell)
- Set your self up properly to not have to back track any steps.
- Keep dresser unassembled.
- Stain and/or paint before assembling.
How To Created These “Map Drawers” Ikea Rast hack Nightstands:
Faux Map Drawers:
In general, the key to these faux map drawers, is to make them look like skinny drawers. To create that look, you will need to use your miter saw and set it to 1/8″ to make the drawer fronts each look like three smaller drawers. Also can be done to a fully assembled dresser. Equally important, I suggest to doing it before assembling the dresser. Trust me it’s much easier!
- Measure the height of your drawer fronts and divide by 1/3.
- Set your miter saw blade depth to 1/8″ and use a guide to cut two straight lines across the drawer front length-wise, making the drawer look like three smaller drawers.
- Next stain each drawer front.
- Assemble the dresser
- Add hardware
Add Vintage Label Pulls For An Antique Look:
These antique library pulls is everything to create this look…. As a result, I found these vintage label pulls in a pack of 10 for $20! In this case hardware is everything. Therefor make sure you count how many you will need, I underestimated and did buy enough for both nightstands.
- If you are using an IKEA RAST DRESSER to position them to cover up the predrilled holes that came on the dresser. Cover existing hardware hole with wood filler.
- When dry, sand with sandpaper (220 grit) then wipe clean.
- Lay out your hardware to determine your general spacing.
- Use a ruler and straight edge to mark your holes for your hardware screws.
- Predrill each hole using a very small drill bit.
- Attach two pulls per faux drawer – 18 total.
- I added wheels to the bottom , but have now removed them.
Can you believe its the same dresser? It still amazes me that we pulled this off!
Overall, this was such a fun project to recreate. Especially making them with my husband! Every so often, he surprises me !
To clarify, it ended up turning out better then I thought, and honestly way more easier too. It is definitely a DIY project anyone can pull off.