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Easy DIY Ikea Rast Nightstand Hack

Ikea Rast HackHey everyone, and happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful season of celebrating, and were hopefully able to squeeze some rest in-between the chaos fun of the holidays. Today’s Ikea hack is super easy and super cheap (two of my favorite things!) I had so much fun changing this piece up.

These drawers are the perfect size for nightstands, while also providing extremely convenient storage for books, chargers, glasses (J’s choice), or PJ’s, socks, and leggings (my choice).  Side note: These are the PJ’s I’m currently obsessed with, and I love having an organized and convenient spot for them now.

For this DIY project, I completed two units and used these supplies:

Ikea Rast Drawer Unit x 2

Rust-O-Leum Chalk Spray Paint in Linen White x 4 (If only doing one unit get 2)

Drawer Pulls Hardware Pack x 2 (If only doing one unit, get 1 pack – you will have extra with 2 for two units)

Wax Finish (optional)

Sprayer Grip (optional)

Safety Eyewear (optional but strongly recommended)

Step 1: Following the included instructions, assemble your Ikea Rast Unit. *Do not attach to the wall until after you have completed spray-painting the drawers, unless you are able to do so without damaging other items inside of the room you intend to complete the project. (As always, be safe and only spray paint in well-ventilated areas)











Step 2: In a well-ventilated area (preferably outside) begin spraying your unit with even & smooth strokes. Following the instructions on the can, allow time to dry after your first layer. (If you prefer an even smoother finish, lightly sand and wipe down the unit before you begin spraying. I did not sand ours, but it’s totally personal preference!)








Step 3: After the first layer has dried, repeat step 2 until desired coverage is reached.

Optional Step: Once your unit is painted and dried, seal the chalk paint with this wax. Since we are using ours as nightstands, I didn’t feel they needed as much protection from use as another piece of furniture covered in chalk paint, like a desk or coffee table, might, but this is totally a personal preference choice as well.

Step 4: Attach hardware!

For me, picking out and attaching the hardware was the most fun step of the whole project. I love what we chose but definitely debated quite a bit on what style of hardware I wanted to use. These were some of my other favorites:





*Once all hardware is attached and your drawers are finished, follow the included instructions with your unit to attach them to the wall (optional but recommended by Ikea)*

Now you can fill them up with your things and stage them!

Completing this project? Tag me, I would love to see your results!

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