IKEA RAST Nightstand
Nail Gun and Brad Nails
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
12” Pull Handles (@ Amazon)
I wanted to show you this IKEA RAST nightstand that I bought a while ago.
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.
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.
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.
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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