David and I’s tiny, particle board nightstands were basically falling apart, and simply not cutting it for our current bedroom situation. During spring cleaning this year, we decided we needed to find solutions in our apartment to help us optimize space in literally every single, room, closet, and corner. To top it all off, because of our bedroom layout and size, we had very specific measurements, and of course a tight budget. We scored BIG on these Ikea Rasts; luckily, we have so many wonderful people on Pinterest to thank for sharing their ideas on how they hacked their Ikea furniture, to help us customize them to our liking, and function. Plus, it happened to fit PERFECTLY between the bed and the wall on both sides, AND it had three drawers! Awesome!

Here are some examples of people’s ideas we found on Pinterest:

There are so many wonderful ideas out there, and I love how much people share!

Don’t be deceived by the simpleness of this project; that much is true. It was super simple to hack, but definitely time consuming. Just a small PSA for anyone tackling this project. I’d suggest setting aside two days to do it, allowing for drying time, and daylight. If you’re only doing one dresser, you could probably do it in a day.

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For our project we used:

Materials

  • (2) Ikea Rast Dressers
  • (12) Bronze Cup Handles (there might be others like these for a cheaper price, but we loved that it came with two different screw sizes, since we didn’t know until we opened the box what size we would need. And we all know I’m not one to wait haha.)
  • Minwax Provincial Stain
  • Polyurethane
  • (2) 1/4″ x 1 3/8″ General Purpose Pine Lattice (Important to have pine when staining, since the Rast dresser is also made of pine)
  • Wood Glue
  • Brush for the Poly (it’ll be thrown away)
  • A rag for the stain

Tools

  • Chop Saw (ours is a Ryobi). Any saw will work for this project, but an electric one will definitely save you time.
  • A Drill

Step 1: Open your Ikea boxes and unload them, laying all of the pieces out. You’ll want to figure out which piece is a drawer front and measure it, so you know how long to cut the lattice pieces. Set the little fastening pieces aside for later.

Step 2: Cut each lattice piece to length, and set aside. I sanded the edges as well, for good measure.

Step 3: Glue the lattice pieces onto each drawer face! I did my two horizontal lattice pieces edge to edge, and my short vertical pieces just fit between.

Step 4: While those dry, start staining each piece. Once they are all stained–including the drawer faces once they dry–you can start putting things together according to the Ikea instructions they come with.

Step 5: Since I had a “helper”, I had David assemble, while I drilled the holes for the handles into the drawer faces. Then I gave them to him to put together.

Step 6: You can do this before step 5, but we did it after. When it was all assembled, we polyurethaned the whole dresser that was exposed (the top, the sides, the front, and the inside and sides of the drawers.) Doing it after just saves a little bit of time, because you only poly the important parts.

Step 7: Screw on the handles and you’re done!

Since we put clothes in these drawers, we had to let them air out for a few days. ***TIP*** We put baking soda on plates and laid them inside the drawers to soak up the “smelliness” for a few days and it worked great!

We LOVE these drawers. David finally has space to put all of his socks and trinkets, and enough room to lay his books and phone on at night! Me? I’ve always had the bigger nightstand since I have more night time routine stuff (naturally), so I thought this was fair. I’m just happy I finally have some matching nightstands! They look great!

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions about the process, comment below! If you’ve tried this hack before and put you’re own flare, I’d love to see! Until next time, à bientôt!

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