If you’re reading this, you’re, most likely, either looking at the Rast Chest of Drawers or you already have it. Read on to see The Easiest Ever IKEA Rast Hack Nightstand.
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This guy is only $39.99, but I’m pretty positive I got it on sale for $29.99. Therefore I got 2 for like $60!
I had searched high and low for matching nightstands at the thrift stores near me and couldn’t find a matching pair for anything. So when I saw these were on sale, I got really excited!
Step 1 – Assemble
These really weren’t all that difficult to assemble. Overall I would say they were pretty simple, especially the second one, since I had already done the first one.
Honestly, my only piece of advice is probably to wear gloves. My fingers were definitely a little raw afterward. Lots of twisting screws to get them started and screwing them in.
Step 2 – Stain
I took the drawers out and stood them up, so the front of them was facing up. And then I put cardboard underneath the nightstand body, so I could stain the legs without getting it on the ground. I used Special Walnut stain.
It wouldn’t hurt to sand them first, but the wood comes so raw that I didn’t sand them and was happy with the end result.
Step 3 – Spray paint the knobs
The Rast comes with wooden knobs. I took a small cardboard box and set the knobs on top to spray paint them outside. Shake your spray paint can and spray thoroughly, until all of each knob is covered. Make sure to get every side and underneath too.
The glossy spray paint almost makes these look metal.
Step 4 – Apply a protective coat
Take either a furniture wax or a polyurethane and apply it on top of the stain. This will just add a layer of protection and durability to the piece. If you don’t want it to be appear shiny, make sure to get a matte finish clear coat.
I used the furniture wax and it was actually very easy to apply. I would definitely use it again.
I’ve been really happy with these. They provide plenty of extra storage, the drawers slide out nicely and they’re simple in design. If you’re looking for a nightstand (or two) or a small dresser, these are for you!
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