Today I am going to share with you my DIY project to turn the Ikea RAST into a campaign style nightstand, as previewed here yesterday. Let me begin by saying that this beauty took me a total of almost a month to complete. Why you ask?
- Mother nature would not stop her wind whipping nature to let me finnish painting
- Handle pulls were on backorder
- Handles then proved a huge problem: I would have to carve out the face of the drawers so they could lay flush– details in a moment
- Carving out the face of the drawer caused me three extra trips to Lowes to buy new attachments for the drill in hopes of an easier method. Lesson learned: improvising with the tools you have sometimes makes for a much more painful process.
My DIY hack tools and materials:
Ikea RAST chest
Spray paint primer
1 quart of high gloss paint – I used Olympic Chilled Wine
#115 Dremel bit (high speed cutter)
#124 Dremel bit (high speed cutter)
1/2″ spade drill bit
3 packages of 2″ flat brass corners (4 per pack)
First: I assembled the RAST following Ikea’s instructions, minus assembling the knobs that are included.
Second: Fill in pre-drilled holes with wood filler and sand once dry.
Third: Prime and paint chest. I used three coats of paint to get the lacquer even and opaque.
Fourth: Apply corner brackets on each corner of each drawer with drill.
This is where my oh, shit moment occurred. I discovered that I was going to have to carve out area on the front of the drawers to make them flush.
Fifth: Make template to drill holes for handle screws. Apply to front of drawers and drill as marked.
Sixth: Carve out space on front of drawers to insert pulls using Dremel bits and spade drill bit. Screw down handles.
Seventh: Style her all pretty and ta-da.
Lezbhonest, this was a super laborious process for me. Mostly because I didn’t have the correct tools when I started out. The spade bit saved me a lot of muscle pain, but this DIY could have been much simpler if I had possessed and used a jigsaw to cut out the space for the handles. But I do believe I love this DIY more since I put so much sweat into it.
Total project cost: $120.50
- Ikea RAST: $35
- Paint: $12
- Brush: $3
- Primer: $6
- Filler: $3
- Handles: $39 including shipping
- Corners: $7.50
- Bits: $15
Not to bad for a campaign style piece! Plus now that I have the process down pat and tools ready to go, making a matching pair will be a breeze and less financial investment.