Hi there! Sarah from Little Red Brick House back here sharing my spin on the ever popular IKEA Rast Dresser. I’ve been in need of a night stand in the bedroom for such a long time. Why is it that we always put off the simplest things that make life so much more convenient? Anyone else do that, too? Anyway, I explored my options and finally narrowed it down to the IKEA Rast! It has three drawers for storage, is made of real wood and at $35 is extremely affordable.
First, I added some dimension to the drawers by trimming them out with some wood lattice strips. I mitered my corners for a cleaner fit but you don’t have to. I filled in any seams with wood filler and sanded everything to a smooth finish. To attach them I used Elmer’s wood glue.
Then I created an upside down tray for the top. I used a 1×6 pine board flanked by two 1×4 wood boards on each side. I nailed them straight to the existing dresser top with a finish nail gun. Then, I finished out the sides of the tray top with some more wood lattice, nailing it in, as well. I stained it using Rustoleum Dark Walnut.
I nailed in a few 1×3 wood boards to trim out the bottom of the dresser. These were also mitered at the corners. You could use some decorative baseboard for a fancier touch. I’m a simple kinda gal, though, so I like to stick with the clean lines of the plain boards.
The drawer faces were taped off with painter’s tape and painted with Sherwin Williams Alabaster.
The final touch was the addition of drawer hardware. I bought my knobs from Lowe’s. They are the Brainerd 1-1/4 inch Bronze with Copper Highlights Round Cabinet Knobs. I like how they tie in the dark stain with the white paint. And I am absolutely smitten with copper, so it’s a nice little touch, as well.
Here she is all finished!
I am loving the added storage as well as having a place to set my phone at night. It’s also nice to have somewhere for a lamp to sit. Now I can snuggle in bed and read or (who am I kidding?) surf on Pinterest before it’s lights out without having the harsh overhead light on. It’s the little things, I tell ya.
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