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?!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

xo

Kemley

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