In ten years of marriage, our master bedroom has always been the last room to receive any attention. By the time we crawl into bed at the end of the day we just want to go to sleep and rest so that we can get up and do it all again the next day. Our bedroom door is also the first door that we close when preparing to have company over, because…well…it’s our master bedroom. It’s the one place just for us (and at least one cat, and a kid or two if it’s Saturday morning). The progress in here might be slow, but that just makes each project that we complete in here all the more special.
New nightstands have been on our list since we built this bed almost 2 years ago. Between being busy with other projects and not being able to decide exactly what we wanted to do, we were getting no where. I have been on team “Ikea hack” for quite awhile, but it took longer to convince the other side of the bed. Putter loves building everything himself, but he doesn’t always have time to make it happen. After a few months, I convinced him that doing an Ikea hack with the Rast nightstands was a great option. Add to that a few more months since they were out of stock at our local Ikea and I’m too dumb to realize that I could have ordered them online, and here we are. It was all worth the wait though, because we were able to take these $40, plain, unfinished nightstands and turn them into something that works perfectly in our space and will continue to serve us for years to come.
It’s hack time!
Gathering the supplies
Obviously, to start this project we needed to make a trip to Ikea to purchase 2 Rast nightstands. At $39.99 each, these are a great budget friendly furniture piece that can be transformed into something that looks a lot more expensive with just a little bit of work. After you purchase the Rast, you will need to spend some time assembling. Like most things from Ikea, you have to put in a little bit of work upfront before you can get started.
You will also need to make a trip to your local home improvement store for the supplies that you will need for this hack. We purchased everything that we needed from Lowe’s. We favored Lowe’s for this project because like their selection of cabinet hardware, and we seem to have the best luck finding large pieces of wood (like we needed for the top of the nightstand) there.
>>Trim for the drawers: we used a table saw to rip down 1/2” thick x 6” wide boards
>>Table top: we bought the biggest 1/2” thick piece that we could find because we could use the scraps for other projects. Just make sure that your piece is at least 13” x 27” so that its big enough to be a table top.
>>Trim for the bottom: we used the same 1/2” thick x 6” wide boards that we used for the drawer trim.
>>Drawer pulls: we used these from Lowes. At $4.58 they were one of the bigger expenses for this project, but you could always use wood filler to fill the predrilled holes that come on the Rast and opt for a single pull in the middle. This will cut the number of pulls that you need to buy in half. Ikea also has some great options to check out.
>>Miter saw: we used a Bosch 10” glide miter saw
>>Table saw: we used a Rigid r4512
>>Wood glue: there are lots of products available, but this is the one that we used
>>Nail gun: we used a Dewalt 23 gauge pin nailer
>>Drill: M18 Milwaukee Drill
>>Clamps: we used Bessey 24” and 36” bar clamps
To get started, I have created step-by-step plans that you can print off and use as a guide throughout your project. Since the Ikea Rast is an inexpensive piece of furniture, I decided not to provide the exact measurements that we used for each cut. Instead, this guide includes the thickness and width of the wood that you should use to achieve this look, but you will need to follow the instructions to measure your individual piece of furniture so that your cuts will be the exact size that your furniture piece needs. I’ve also included photos of the process below for you to reference during the process.
#1: the sides
This is the side view of the Rast after assembly. As you can see, the assembly hardware is visible on the sides. To achieve a more finished look, we decided to cover this up with some trim. This is where our hack begins, and instructions for this can be found on page 1 of your guide.
#2: the drawers
Following the steps in this section, you will add the trim to the left and right sides of each drawer first, then to the top and bottom of each drawer front.
This Ikea Rast hack looks great painted or stained, and the options for drawer hardware are endless. This part is completely up to your personal preference. I hope that you have found this guide helpful, and if you tackle this project I would love to see how it turns out!
Have fun with your project!