IKEA RAST NIGHTSTAND MAKEOVER

PROJECT MATERIALS:

  • IKEA RAST Nightstand

  • Plywood

  • Nail Gun and Brad Nails

  • Wood Glue

  • 1 “x 2” Pieces of Lumber

  • Shadow Mountain by Behr (Optional)

  • Pure White by Sherwin Williams (Optional/Recommend using leftover paint you have from another project)

  • Foam Roller and Paint Tray

  • Screwdriver

  • 12” Pull Handles (@ Amazon)

 PROJECT:

I wanted to show you this IKEA RAST nightstand that I bought a while ago.

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I finally decided to give it a makeover this past weekend. I wanted to make the piece look modern and was inspired by this particular design that I saw in my google search. It's not the same exact piece of furniture but I like the look of it.

Furniture Inspiration

Furniture Inspiration

BUILDING THE BASE AND PRIMING:

So, I'm going to try to incorporate this look into the piece.  First, I removed all of the
drawers and then flipped the piece upside down. I purchased a piece of plywood from Home Depot and had to cut down to fit the bottom of the nightstand which was 24 ¼” wide by 11 ¾” deep.

I also cut some extra 1x2's that I have from a previous project. The long pieces are 20 ½” inches wide and the short pieces are 6” inches wide.

I added wood glue to the ends of the small pieces and then nailed them to the long pieces to create a square. This will be the base of my nightstand.

Next, I lined my paint tray with aluminum foil so I could quickly be able to reuse it again. Then I used Kilz latex primer and a foam roller to prime the nightstand, drawers and piece of plywood.

Next, I lined my paint tray with aluminum foil so I could quickly be able to reuse it again. Then, I used kilz latex primer and a foam roller to prime the nightstand, drawers and piece of plywood.

I decided to leave the inside alone since no one's going to see that. Once the primer was dry, I painted the piece of plywood with leftover paint that I had. The color is Shadow Mountain by Behr. I only painted one side of it.

Next, I placed the square base that I made earlier on top and nailed it to the plywood.

 Afterwards, I nailed the plywood to the bottom of the nightstand.

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PAINTING:

I only wanted to paint the sides gray so I'm going to place painter’s tape on top.

To get into the small areas and corners, I used a small brush. Once the gray paint dried, I taped the gray area off and painted the top and front drawers with Pure White by Sherwin Williams.

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I ended up putting three coats of white paint on there. Since this nightstand is going to get a lot of use out of it, I put a protective coat of polyurethane on there. I love this particular one because one coat is the equivalent to adding three coats of polyurethane.

The final item to add are the handles. I purchased these beautiful handles from Amazon. They come five in a pack for $29 and are about 12” inches long. They worked perfectly for this nightstand.

Here’s the finished look! What a difference.

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