Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ikea Rast Hack

About a month after Husband and I moved to Germany we picked up a used pair of these Rask Ikea nightstands.  The great thing about buying Ikea furniture preowned is that you don't have to play the game of "Will It Fit?" as you load those long Ikea boxes into your car.  In fact, it comes preassembled!  Someone else crammed the boxes into their tiny car, brought home the 75 page multilingual instruction manual, and then took the time to put the puzzle of pieces together. Then to top it all off, buying used usually means you pay less than half price!  

Ikea furniture can be pretty basic.  Our Rast nightstands came unstained, simple, and quite boring.  They were the perfect component for a "Do It Yourself" project.  After seeing several inspiration pictures on Pinterest and stumbling across Ikea Hackers, I knew we could create something special from these naked wood nightstands.
Husband used a can of walnut wood stain, from a previous project, to brush over the outside frame and drawer fronts.  After the stain sat for 10 minutes, Husband wiped the excess stain off of the wood using old rags.  The longer the stain sits the darker the wood.
Then using acrylic paints, I painted the inside and outside walls of each drawer.  I used three different shades of green and then three different shades of turquoise.  The drawers are painted light to dark going from top drawer to bottom.  My vision was an ombre of color. 

Since I now have an addiction to Mod Podge, I added scrapbook paper to the bottom of each drawer.  Our dressers stay pretty full so it is rare that you can see the paper but it is fun just knowing a pop of color is at the bottom!  

Her Dresser
 Each drawer has a different but coordinating paper bottom.
His Dresser
The metal owl pulls were bought at Hobby Lobby.
                                      His                                  Hers
I wasn't sure what to do with the bottom two drawer pulls. I was debating between stain, brown paint, or the blue/green paint.  I settled on the blue painted pulls for Husband and the green painted pulls for me.  I'm not sure if I am happy with this choice but Husband likes them.
What do you think of the pulls?
Which one gets your vote:
A) Leave them
B) Stain them
C) Paint them brown
D) Paint the owls blue and green
Total Project Cost: 20 Euros

Have a great week,

1 comment:

  1. You are so creative! These look great. I would paint the owls blue and green. maybe the opposite color of the other pulls?



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