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

Last three dresser from Design Sponge

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. thehiddenfairy
    February 24, 2012 / 7:40 am

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

  2. Style Servings
    February 24, 2012 / 9:47 am

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

  3. Kate L.
    February 24, 2012 / 10:59 am

    wow…so amazing! Thanks for sharing!FASHION

  4. Heather
    February 24, 2012 / 12:15 pm

    Wow – you did an amazing job… looks like a million bucks!

  5. jillian :: cornflake dreams.
    February 24, 2012 / 1:29 pm

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

  6. Ana
    February 24, 2012 / 2:19 pm

    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. CessOviedo
    February 24, 2012 / 2:53 pm

    OMG! They look amazing! I can't wait to have my own place and do lots of furniture DIY! ;)Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  8. The Jones
    February 24, 2012 / 3:07 pm

    Such great ideas, the DIY really snazzes those Rast pieces up! They look so gorgeous, you should definitely do this.<3

  9. Bonnie
    February 24, 2012 / 3:07 pm

    ohmygoshhhhh, so gorgeous. I wish I had any kind of DIY talent. I would give this a shot. @GlamKitten88

  10. Marion
    February 24, 2012 / 3:37 pm

    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. Tabitha
    February 24, 2012 / 3:39 pm

    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. Rachels Lookbook
    February 24, 2012 / 3:49 pm

    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!xoxo,

  13. My Fashion Bug
    February 24, 2012 / 4:21 pm

    wow! that's such a great idea, maybe i should try it too.xxmarialeMy Fashion Bug

  14. Josie
    February 24, 2012 / 4:32 pm

    I bet it will turn out PERFECTLY — can't wait to see it finished!xo

  15. Amanda {}
    February 24, 2012 / 4:44 pm

    wooow..these are really great transformations!! that ikea dresser is such a great blank canvas!<'s My Memories Suite Giveaway

  16. simplyvonne
    February 24, 2012 / 5:14 pm

    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. Grace - Stripes and Sequins
    February 24, 2012 / 5:46 pm

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

  18. jo
    February 24, 2012 / 6:01 pm

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

  19. LC
    February 24, 2012 / 6:20 pm could you say you`re not crafty?! that`s better than stuff i see on tv! -_____- great job jen..seriously!

  20. Fash Boulevard
    February 24, 2012 / 6:48 pm

    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.

  21. Supal
    February 24, 2012 / 7:11 pm

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

  22. ❤AdamAlexMommy❤
    February 24, 2012 / 10:13 pm

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

  23. Fifth N Sixth Closet
    February 24, 2012 / 11:48 pm

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

  24. tiny dancer
    February 25, 2012 / 2:13 am

    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 laThank you so much for visiting my blog <3Tasia

  25. KJ
    February 25, 2012 / 3:33 am

    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

  26. Nuha
    February 25, 2012 / 6:31 pm

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

  27. Plami
    February 25, 2012 / 7:57 pm

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

  28. Cardigan Fiend Phoebe
    February 26, 2012 / 12:39 am

    oh my goodness these are fabulous!!! 😀 Wonderful idea!!

  29. Johanna
    February 26, 2012 / 3:13 pm

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

  30. Miu
    February 26, 2012 / 7:44 pm

    This looks fantastic!

  31. DiamondsandTulle
    February 27, 2012 / 6:41 pm

    Amazing amazing transformations!!!xx Vivian @

  32. Kim (A Very Sweet Blog)
    February 28, 2012 / 6:24 pm

    It's fun seeing your crafty side Jen! HaHa

  33. Mai
    February 28, 2012 / 6:33 pm

    What an amazing transformation. Great job!

  34. Erica
    March 4, 2012 / 7:39 pm

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

  35. Megan, The Frugalista Diaries
    March 7, 2012 / 3:41 am

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

  36. Anonymous
    March 9, 2012 / 2:06 am

    this entry is from another blog post!!!!

    • Jen @ redsolesandredwine
      March 9, 2012 / 2:55 am

      Obviously, I referenced it if you read my post.

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