IKEA Rast Hack: New Nightstands

It’s done! I finished my new bedside tables last Tuesday and can I say that I love them!!

My very first wood-working project is complete. It was hard work and took me quite some time to get it done (all weekend and some of Monday and Tuesday), but I’m sure I’ll get faster with time. :)

I have been wanting matching nightstands since the day we got married, but our old master bedroom wasn’t big enough for two nightstands. But the new bedroom is definitely big enough.

My hubby had a nice bedroom suite when we got married, but it only had one nightstand. So, I had to find something that worked for our old room. Something very small. You can see it on my side of the bed in the before pictures.

But now, I have my very own nightstand with drawers to hide my junk! And the room just seems more symmetrical. I guess it’s because it IS symmetrical.

The Rast Hack is pretty trendy right now. The base Rast dresser from IKEA is only $35. It’s solid pine, and a decent piece of furniture. The beauty of it is that you can transform it into almost any style or type of furniture.

I copied my version straight from A Charming Nest’s version. I fell in love with it, and knew it would go well with my vision for our bedroom.

Tools needed:
Miter saw
Nail gun
Putty knife

Wood putty
Sand paper
1×4 the width of the dresser
2 1×6 the width of the dresser
About 40 feet of lattice (per dresser, if you’re doing two dressers, get about 75 feet of lattice)
Drawer pulls

This is the IKEA Rast dresser. Pretty plain and boring, but solid wood and perfect for dressing up.

First thing I did was build up the bottom so that I could attach the molding to something.

Before building it up.
I used one 1×4 (I think) and a piece of lattice behind it to build it up.

Then I cut the base molding and lattice to trim out all of the drawers and sides. I used my new miter saw I got for my birthday. Love it!

Starting to get cute! :) I fitted the trays to the top of the dresser before I attached the lattice to the sides.

I then filled all the holes with wood putty.

And painted, two coats. I put Floetrol in my paint to minimize the brush strokes. I used Sherwin Williams Antique White paint color.

I pre-stained the top “tray” that I put on the top of the nightstand. I placed two 1×6’s and 1 1×4 side by side on the top and used the nail gun to fasten them to the top. And then I used stained lattice to trim around the edge of the top.


Now I just need new lamps, new duvet cover, pictures above the bed, and more … :)

What do you think of my first project???

Check out my nightstands in my master bedroom now.

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