DIY IKEA Rast Hack

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Hey all!  Today I am going to show you how I took a simple IKEA Rast nightstand and made it amazing for the Teen Desert Modern Room Reveal.  So the Rast is pretty basic.  And I will be honest, it is kind of cheaply made… hence the price is only $34.99.  But for a teen bedroom or child’s bedroom it is perfect!  With a price like that, you won’t feel guilty when you tire of it and want to replace it.  Plus, there are things you can do to these simple nightstands that make them almost unrecognizable.  Like we did for Shelby’s room.  It is awesome, huh?!


So this is what the IKEA Rast nightstand looks like once it is put together.  It is the perfect blank slate to come up with your own design!

The first thing we did was paint the drawer fronts and sides with a bright white paint.  My wonderful mom helped out a lot with this project!  I’m not going to mention what paint we used because we are no experts at painting furniture.  And honestly, the paint job turned out okay but could have been better.  We did use a mohair roller from Sherwin Williams which I will recommend.  We put a protective finish over all of the nightstand (including the painted parts) to protect the natural wood from yellowing.

I knew we needed to add legs to dress up this nightstand!  I found these legs at Home Depot.  They are so affordable at only $2.48 each!


We brought the kickboard of the nightstand forward to make it look more natural with legs.  Look at the original Rast photo and you will see what I mean.  To attach the legs onto the nightstand, we bought these brackets also from Home Depot.  The Rast has a hollow bottom so these are necessary if you want to add legs.  As you can see by looking at the brackets, they just screw onto the edges of each corner and then the legs screw into the middle of the brackets.


I spray painted the metal ends of the legs copper with this spray paint from Micheal’s Craft.  We looked at several stores with no luck before finding this copper colored spray paint at Micheal’s!



Like I mentioned before, I found the idea for the copper drawer pulls Mountain Modern Life.  This site is so much fun, take a look around when you visit it, you will not be disappointed!

To make the copper pipe drawer pulls, here’s what you will need:

  1.  1/2 inch copper pipe.  I found that Lowe’s is the most affordable place to get this.
  2.  Copper bell hooks (see below photo).  These were purchased at Lowes.  It is so nice because the pipe slides right through the opening and all you have to do is tighten the screws down.  The underside of the copper bell has a screw as well to attach it right into the pre drilled holes on the drawer fronts of the nightstand (we ended up changing it out for a shorter screw so it didn’t stick out into the inside of the drawer as much).


3.  Copper pipe end caps.  Make sure you get the 1/2 inch end caps, because they are sold in a few different sizes.  These cover up the ends of your copper pipe so there isn’t a hollow open end.  See picture below.  These can be found at Home Depot or Lowes.


The copper pipe drawer pulls were so easy to make and really give the nightstand a whole new look!  I also put these on the IKEA Tarva dresser.







So easy.  So simple.  So affordable.  The IKEA Rast nightstand can really become special and unique with just a little bit of effort.  There are so many great ideas out there to jazz up the IKEA Rast!  Sooo… think of this next time you redo your kids’ rooms or want to update your own bedroom!




Easy DIY Curtain Panels for $5

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Wednesdays are a little rough for me because I am actually a registered nurse (surprise!) who works every Tuesday night until 6 am.  I then come home to my almost 8 month old son who is ready to be up for the day.  So I generally sleep for about 2-3 hours after work.  Blah.  Anyway enough with the pity party.  I do have to say I’m proud to be posting on a Wednesday considering my state of mind.  Haha.  It can be a little hard to be motivated on Wednesdays.
Guys.  I am excited to share this simple curtain panel tutorial with you!  It makes me happy to share ideas to beautify rooms without breaking the bank!  These curtain panels that I made for Shelby’s room are SO easy and fast to whip up.
You will need:
1.  One twin size flat sheet (I buy the cheap $5 Walmart Mainstays sheet)
2. Thread to match your sheet
3. Sewing machine
How to make the panels:
1. Measure your flat sheet and cut it lengthwise exactly down the middle so you have two equal halves (each half will have a wider hemmed edge which would normally go at the head of the bed if used as a sheet; the other half has a smaller hemmed edge–this will be the top of the curtain panel)
2.  Hem the raw edge on each panel, see picture below
3. Then measure how much space your curtain rod will need to slide easily in the opening.  You don’t want it too loose or too tight.  As you can see below, the sheet didn’t exactly match up when folded over on that right side.  Once hung, this isn’t an issue and you can’t even tell.  When it doesn’t show in the end product, I’ve learned not to stress imperfections like this.  After all, this is a $5 walmart sheet so it probably wasn’t perfect in shape to begin with.  Note: be sure to hem the side BEFORE hemming over the opening for the rod.  Or you will be unpicking stitches.  This was a mistake I made the first time I made a pair of these for my living room.
And it’s just that simple!  It’s so nice using a sheet, because two out of the four sides of a panel are already finished! We ended up adding some fun trim to the curtains in Shelby’s room that my mom found at JoAnn’s Craft to jazz them up a little bit.  
Also, just a side note: when I hang curtains in a room, they are purely for cosmetic reasons, not to actually pull across the window.  So the width of the curtain doesn’t really matter to me.  I like how these “twin sheet” curtain panels are not too bulky and wide.  
TIPS for hanging curtains:
-Always hang the rod higher than the window casing–you want to lengthen the window and make it seem taller.  This will also make the ceiling seem higher. 
-Hang the curtain rod quite a bit wider than the window so the curtains aren’t covering too much of the window cutting off that natural light and making the window seem narrower.
This picture displays a very clear example of how important it is to hang curtains correctly.  As you can see, the windows are the same size but window #2 seems SO MUCH BIGGER!
Photo via Homegoods
I love white curtains.  I really feel like they brighten up a room and bring some crisp cleanliness to a space.  I made long white curtains for my living room as well as Nash’s Nursery.  
Well I hope this inspires some of you to make some awesome curtain panels for $5!  Can’t beat that!  Follow me on pinterest and instagram, where you will see sneak peeks of future projects and room reveals!

Teen Desert Modern Bedroom Reveal


Hi everyone!  I am SOOOOOO excited to share this bedroom reveal with you all!  I have had so much fun designing this room and putting it all together.  This is my 17 year old sister Shelby’s bedroom, and it got a major makeover!  Okay, so can I just say that Shelby is awesome!  She is so adventurous and fearless and I wanted that to reflect in her room design!  I decided to go with a modern-desert feel and throw in some fun colors!

Here are some before pictures of the space.  The walls were painted light gray about a year ago to try and modernize the space.  But it just wasn’t working in this room!  Very little wall decor.  Very blah. This room did not reflect Shelby’s personality at all!



Note the frumpy pink love sac….  I promised her I would replace this with more stylish seating that would be comfortable enough that she would not miss this big blob.  Love sacs just don’t compliment any room!

Before we started all of this, I sat down with Shelby and asked her what she really liked and what she didn’t.  She was pretty easy going about it all and trusted that I would make it awesome.  I wanted her to be surprised, so she didn’t see the room until it was completed, which was so much fun!  Also, I really need to thank my mom who helped a ton  with pulling this off!

Things she really wanted in the space:

1.  A sharpie wall design ( I have a similar one in my office/studio and she loved it)
2.  Incorporation of deer antlers

Here is the new, updated space…. Enjoy!

We painted the walls bright white because this room is in the basement with very little natural light, as the window well is very deep.  Then I drew on the design with a black Sharpie Paint Pen.  This wall is long, like 18 feet long.  So it took ALL DAY to get this design up.  I discovered this sharpie wall design from Vintage Revivals, she is amazing!  We moved the bed to the opposite wall so it would be a focal point when entering the room.
We painted the metal bed frame with black spray paint and it looks so good!  I ordered a simple white blanket off of Amazon for the bedspread.  We found the gray fabric (it has tiny triangles on it) at Hobby Lobby and my mom whipped up some pillow cases.  In like 5 minutes.  And they are perfect.  Because she is just cool like that.
That ottoman.  Oh, that ottoman.  I found it on a facebook yardsale site and requested to purchase it 4 minutes after it was posted.  It’s a good thing I did, because apparently there was a line up of people after me wanting this bad boy.  I paid $25 for it and it’s OLD.  Very sturdy with a solid wood frame.  I think it makes the perfect addition in Shelby’s room!  And honestly, I almost kept it for myself once I got it home.  It’s that good.
My inspiration with this room all started with the black and pink falsa blanket that Shelby already had.  I LOVE falsa blankets, they are just beautiful and southwest and hip.  I knew this blanket needed to be a focal point.  I then tied that same pink color in throughout the space.  The pink throw pillow is from Homegoods.
This dresser is super affordable and from Ikea.  It comes in all natural wood with little wooden knobs. I decided to keep the legs and top natural (we just put a protective finish over it) and painted the rest of it white.  I love the look of natural wood, white, and copper.  Soooo we made some pretty awesome copper pipe drawer pulls.  And you guys, they are SO easy to make!  I found this particular design while searching ideas on pinterest.  You can find it on the blog Mountain Modern Life.
The Marilyn Monroe/Andy Warhol inspired painting was done by yours truly.  When I was like 13 years old haha!  I found it while digging through my old art portfolios and thought it would be a fun addition to the space.  The wire clothes hamper is from Hobby Lobby.
The deer antlers above the bed are super special because this was Shelby’s first buck!  I told you she’s adventurous!  The cactus print and “Be You” prints are from a rad Etsy shop called Lila+Lola.  I fell in love with their designs right away!
I came up with these fun shelves and they were so easy and inexpensive to make.  We spray painted the Home Depot brackets with copper colored metallic spray paint.
We did the same copper pipe drawer pulls on this Ikea Rast nightstand and also added some little legs to improve the overall design.  The lamp is from Wal Mart and the cactus is from Home Depot.
The black butterfly chair is from Target and super comfortable. The padding on it is like 4 inches thick!  It’s the perfect place for Shelby to kick back, put up her feet, and relax!
Let’s look at some detail pictures, shall we?
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The curtains are made out of a white sheet with some added trim!
I made this fun bag and jewelry hanger out of a wooden dowel and copper fittings from Home Depot.  Also inspired by Vintage Revivals!
 This magnet board used to be mine years ago.  We gave it a fresh coat of paint and let Shelby slap pictures all over it.  Of course every 17 year old needs a place to do that!  To get an idea of the layout of this room, I’ll explain a couple things.  The room is long and narrow.  Directly across from the bed is Shelby’s TV mounted on the wall, to the left of that is the magnet board, and to the right of that is the dresser and clothes hamper.  I didn’t photograph the TV because there are currently cords everywhere, etc.


The wooden tray is from Hobby Lobby.  I found the spinning caddy at Target a long time ago on clearance, we spray painted it black.
This crazy little wall hanging is actually a floor rug that I bought on clearance at an Alco store that was closing.  I had no idea what I would do with it haha.  So it sat in my storage for several years and I found it while digging through my collection of unused home decor (which takes up an entire room in my basement, mind you).  I found a drastically marked down fabric scrap of faux leather at Hobby Lobby and cut out the design for the middle to give it more of a Southwest vibe.
All of the books on these shelves I pulled off of my parent’s book shelf.  Other items are thrifted like the basket and camera (both from the junk/antique shop Nook and Cranny)
The concrete planter with fake succulents is from Ross.  I love fake succulents!  So awesome to not have to worry about the upkeep!
The pink string lights are from Target.  The wooden book holder is from Hobby Lobby and the white/wooden “S” is from Micheal’s Craft.
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And that’s it!  I can honestly say I am so happy with the way this room turned out!  Shelby loves it too, which is the most important thing!  More posts to come with tutorials, etc!