Are people still doing Ikea hacks?? I might be a little behind the game but I am still excited about having new custom nightstands for our master bedroom at a minimal cost!!
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I started with two very simple Ikea pieces – the Rast dresser. Which are only $40 each. They come unfinished and with tiny little wooden knobs. Oh, and they are from Ikea, so of course you have to assemble them. That part is pretty simple. I tasked my 17 year old with that because he likes building things. 🙂
After assembling them there are so many possibilities. The wood is not the prettiest (lots of variation, lots of knots, a little on the yellow side), but smooth enough to be stained rather than painted. When we used these in our closet makeover I painted them to match our closet, but this time I decided to try some stain. I used this stain which I love the muted gray tones of. It took three coats to get rid of most of the yellow, but in the end I was happy with the outcome!
Here’s a side-by-side so you can get a better idea of the colors.
I decided that I wanted to try to find one long drawer pull rather than two knobs on each drawer. This was a task within itself since I didn’t want to pay more for the hardware than I paid for the dressers themselves. DLawless Hardware to the rescue!! I found these beauties for a great price!
I thought I might keep the shiny chrome finish, but once I got them on, I knew they were a bit much. So, more spray paint to the rescue. This time a Satin Nickel finish. Now they are perfect!
Here is what we had before. A couple of mismatched, hand-me-down tables that I painted the same color to give it some cohesiveness.
They did the job for several years. However, I love the idea of being able to hide away things in the drawers and for having more storage, because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t need that??
A simple “hack” on some inexpensive dressers and we now have this!
It just looks more finished in my opinion and I like that!! I have a few other projects in mind for a little master bedroom spruce-up. No major overhaul. Just a few fun details that have been on my list for a while now. 🙂
Can you believe it’s the middle of July?!? I begrudgingly pulled out our August and September family calendar sheets and hung them up today. Ugh! I don’t even want to think about school starting. If you’re looking ahead and wanting some great ideas for ways to simplify your back-to-school routine check out the article I wrote for Shutterfly! They have way more to offer than just photos, photo books, calendars, and Christmas cards! If you haven’t checked them out in a while you should!