I’m pretty sure that the Ikea Rast has to be the most made over piece of furniture in the history of time. A simple pinterest search of “Ikea Rast Hack” will prove my point! There have been some amazing designs created with this humble $40, 3 drawer chest, and I knew it would be perfect for my daughter’s bedside table. She doesn’t have much space in her room, but she needed a little bit more clothing storage. Another dresser was out of the question, but the Rast was the perfect size for her smaller items of clothing – socks, undies, swimwear, etc. So on a recent trip to Ikea, I grabbed one, unsure of how I would make it over to fit her room.
The inspiration for a beadboard design came from her headboard, and well, my overall love of everything beadboard. To me, it just says beachy, coastal, and cottage, which kind of represents my whole design style. I found a roll of beadboard wallpaper in the paint section and got down to business.
The first task was the drawer fronts. Now, I knew I wasn’t going to use the wooden knobs that came with the piece. Instead, I created my own handles which you will see later on in this post. But, I had to create new holes, so I measured them out and drilled. I didn’t bother to fill the old holes since they would be covered with the beadboard.
Next, I measured, cut, and applied to wallpaper to the drawer fronts. I used a metal skewer to poke holes through the wallpaper to line up with the holes I had drilled for the handles.
While we waited for the wallpaper to dry, I had my little minion build the rest of the piece.
Just kidding, I helped her. But she really loved using the tools to help mommy. Maybe carpentry is in her future? (It’s more likely than fashion, as you can tell by this striped jailbird outfit she chose! Some days I wish I could put a disclaimer on my children so everyone knows they dressed themselves!)
Once the wallpaper in nice and dry, I sanded the edges so they blended in with the edges of the drawer front. Then it was time to paint the whole thing! I used my favorite white – the same white I have used for every ounce of trim and woodwork in my house, including that giant wainscotting and built in makeover that we did a few years back.
While the paint dried, I created the handles. These are one of my favorite parts of the makeover, because they really add a touch of fun and whimsy. I created the handles using a stiff floral wire and strings of pink pearls by Darice. I used 28 pearls per handle, and then pulled them through the holes and tied them onto a little dowel in the back so they didn’t fall out.
It’s safe to say I am in love with it! For around $60 (I still have plenty of wallpaper left, and I think the drawers of her dresser are going to receive the same treatment!), we got a perfectly customized nightstand with storage. You can’t beat that!
Have you done any Ikea hacks? I just love seeing the things people create, and I would love to see yours too! Leave a link below so I can check it out!