My Next DIY - Ikea Rast to nightstands

Since owning a home, getting ready for a baby, and loving interior and DIY blogs, I've become somewhat crafty.  If you have known me for a while, I am NOT crafty; I am not a great cook, I don't' make things often, and I generally prefer to buy rather than make.  But since blogging and being in Chicago, I realize how easy some of the DIY's are and how much money it saves!

Since sharing my DIY dresser for the baby's room in this post, I've been on the search for nightstand tables for my bedroom.  The Ikea Rast 3 drawer chest is a popular before and after product and I fell in love with this DIY, which I'm going to do for our bedroom.

General steps:  

1. Prime un-assembled Rast cabinets.
2. Sand.
3. Apply first coat of paint.
4. Sand again.
5. Apply second coat of paint.
6. Sand some more.
7. Apply third coat of paint.
8. Assemble cabinets (don’t add drawers).
9. Add hardware.
10. Install drawers.

I'm loving the hardware on the edge of the drawers as well as the handles for the drawers! 
All I have to do is patch up the old holes on the drawer and attach these items with a drill.
The flat brass corners are found here and the pulls are found here.  Thanks to pinterest, I found this DIY dresser.  

To inspire you, here's another couple of images of old dressers turned into beautiful pieces.  

another Rast after

So remember, before you throw out something old, you can google, read and maybe make something wonderful out of it.  Or if you happen upon an idea, I love craigslist and find some good finds to redo.  
Happy Friday and weekend!


  1. we have similar drawer handles on the 2nd pic. stylish but noisy when letting go.

  2. Woooow amazing! Can't wait to see how yours turns out!

  3. amazing! Thanks for sharing!


  4. Wow - you did an amazing job... looks like a million bucks!


  5. wow! gorgeous afters! i need to get crafty! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  6. These are all great ideas! I am looking for bookshelves for our study. Now I am very inspired to DIY(or Myself in this case).

  7. OMG! They look amazing! I can't wait to have my own place and do lots of furniture DIY! ;)

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  8. Such great ideas, the DIY really snazzes those Rast pieces up! They look so gorgeous, you should definitely do this.

    <3 Cambria

  9. ohmygoshhhhh, so gorgeous. I wish I had any kind of DIY talent. I would give this a shot.
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  10. Oh wow. I love these types of posts (showing before and after photos) because they are so inspiring. I can't wait to see what you put together Jen!!
    Have a wonderful weekend friend!
    XO - Marion

  11. In addition to Apartment Therapy I've been obsessed with the site Ikea Hackers ( lately. Great DIY ideas and easy enough that even I could do it. I too will soon be doing DIY stuff for the baby's room so I might be sending out an SOS to you if I come to any problems.

  12. I am the same way, definitely prefer to buy than to make! But lately I have been more crafty as well. This is great inspiration! I can't wait to see yours when it is done!


  13. wow! that's such a great idea, maybe i should try it too.
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  14. I bet it will turn out PERFECTLY -- can't wait to see it finished!
    xo Josie

  15. wooow..these are really great transformations!! that ikea dresser is such a great blank canvas!

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  16. Love it Jennifer!! you guys did a great job, are you nesting already ;) hehe Yes wish I was in Chicago area so I can help take photos for your baby, no charge either! We're going back to Midwest this summer but if we do drive, we always drive by Chicago so we'll let you know!

  17. Um, amazing! I love how it turned out... the hardware really elevates it. LOVE.

  18. I'm not a DIY girl too, but the dressers are amazing, especially the red one. Have a great weekend!

  19. could you say you`re not crafty?! that`s better than stuff i see on tv! -_____- great job jen..seriously!

  20. ooo I love the red. so chic. fabulous post, love. if you get a sec, I'd love to hear what you think of my latest. xo

  21. The rast is definitely a canvas, you can do just about anything with it! Can't wait to see how it turns out :)

  22. i absolutely love this. moving to a new house, so this is something i can see myself doing. great DIY project, jen!


  23. You did an amazing job really cool DIY project it's so inspiring!

  24. Whaaaa?! These are fabulous redos. Such great inspiration - thanks for sharing these pics. It reminds me that I really need to redo my vintage gossip table <3 Oh la la

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  25. Oh these are nice. I am going to have to try this. I am trying to make me a girly space in the house. This is perfect.

  26. lving these makeovers, especially the black rast and the last white wishing we had an ikea so that I could get a little crafty!

  27. These are so gorgoeus! Really great makeovers! I'd love to have any of these in my room!


  28. oh my goodness these are fabulous!!! :D Wonderful idea!!

  29. I love these DIY's....hardware makes everything. The red and white ones are my fave. How cool - good luck!

  30. Amazing amazing transformations!!!

    xx Vivian @

  31. It's fun seeing your crafty side Jen! HaHa

  32. What an amazing transformation. Great job!

  33. Wow!!! It came out amazing! Good job Jen!

  34. Omg I have that bamboo looking dresser, I was just deciding what to do with it, love the red...i think yes!

  35. this entry is from another blog post!!!!

    1. Obviously, I referenced it if you read my post.


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