Happy hump day, my friends! Only two more days ’til the weekend. Well, three if you count today!
We’re taking things to another room of the house (finally)- the bedroom! One of the first problems I needed to tackle in here was storage. For the longest time I was using a cardboard box that was filled with old books that I never got around to unpacking after the move. Enter my two toned IKEA Rast dresser hack! I have seen so many hacks all of over the web and I knew I had to customize one of my own. I love that it’s made from real wood and how it provides tons of storage. You really can do just about anything to these dressers, and at $40 they are 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 the 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.
And here is the finished product!
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.
Have you tackled the IKEA Rast yet? If so, I’d love to see it!
*This post was originally published at Domestically Speaking on January 14, 2015.
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