Easy DIY Project: Ikea Rast Nightstand Hack


I’m admittedly not a huge DIYer. It can take a lot of time and patience, neither of which I have much! But when I saw all of the super simple but pretty hacks online to turn IKEA’s basic Rast chest into a chic nightstand, I knew it was a project I could handle. At only $40, the chest is a steal and because it has 3 drawers, you get tons of space to tuck away your bedside essentials. The whole job doesn’t take more than a couple of hours and the resulting look is really high-end and totally worth the effort. Here’s how it’s done.

1. Rast Chest from IKEA
2. 1 pint of semi-gloss paint in a colour of your choosing (I used Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace)
3. 6 brass pulls. I bought mine at Lee Valley

First, you’ll need to assemble your nightstand (this is IKEA, afterall). Complete all the steps but DON’T attach the knobs that come with the unit - you can throw them out. Leave the drawers out of the chest for painting.
Next, give the body of the chest and each drawer front a coat of primer. Let dry.
Paint over all the primer with the paint colour you chose. Apply a second coat if needed. Let dry.
Attach the brass pulls to the drawer fronts in the existing holes and put the unit back together.
Voila! Marvel at your handiwork and enjoy your new nightstand! That was easy, wasn’t it?!

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Author: Eryn Chesney

Eryn Chesney is the Marketing Assistant at Mabel's Labels and a former editor and writer for Style at Home and Canadian Gardening magazines. She is the mother of a busy toddler and a rambunctious dog and loves good food, great music and travelling.

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