This amazing Ikea Rast nightstand hack is simple yet very gorgeous! Learn how to create this pretty Ikea Rast using a Dremel and few colorful stain colors!
If there is one ubiquitous Ikea dresser that has been given a new life a million times – it is the Ikea Rast!
At under $40, this is the perfect sized chest of drawers – It can be used as a nightstand next to a bed or as a dresser.
It comes in unfinished pine and is filled with possibilities for Ikea nightstand hacks!
We have a couple of these dressers in our home too.
One of them has been sitting in my closet in its original naked state waiting for a makeover.
Finally, it was time for this simple unassuming chest of drawers to turn into a beauty!
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Ikea Rast Nightstand Hack
If you look closely, you will see that the pattern is engraved 🙂
I decided to go this route because it made it really simple and easy to color in the honeycomb pattern!
Plus, I added trim on both sides to hide the screws and give the nightstand a finished look.
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Materials needed for colorful Ikea Rast makeover
- Ikea Rast chest of drawers (Also available on Amazon if you need, although it is a lot more expensive)
- HANDy Craft Tray
- HANDy Craft Cup
- Hexagon template (just google hexagon quilt pattern)
- Primer and paint for the exterior frame (I used Alabaster by SW). Check out my guide to painting unfinished furniture)
- Trim for exterior or 1″x2″ boards
- Wood Glue
- Brad Nailer and 1 ¼” brad nails
- Fast dry caulking
- Dremel Stylo+
- Silver paint
- Thin paintbrush
- Random Orbital sander
- 220 Grit sandpaper
- Tack Cloth
- Stains and paint in various colors – I used the following –
- Staining Rags
Shop my T-shirt designs –
How to makeover an Ikea Rast nightstand –
Step 1 – Assemble Ikea Rast
Start by assembling all the drawers and the frame as per the instructions. Don’t, however, install the drawers into the dresser.
STEP 2: Prepare and paint the exterior
- Add the trim boards to the outside of the Ikea Rast using 1 ¼” brad nails and wood glue.
- Add caulking to all the gaps and joints.
- Prime and paint the exterior of the Ikea Rast dresser.
The HANDy Craft Tray was the perfect size for this with a little roller grid. It also has the perfect ergonomic grip to hold it!
Important – Be sure to check out my trick to painting Ikea furniture like a pro and to make it last a long time!
Step 3: Trace hexagons
- Print and cut out the hexagon shapes to use as a template.
- Trace the hexagons onto the drawer fronts.
Important – when you trace, make sure to keep all the drawers aligned so the pattern flows from one to the next. I totally forgot that and had to go buy a new dresser!
Step 4: Engrave hexagons
- Using the Dremel Stylo+ or any Dremel rotary tool, engrave the hexagons.
- I used a paint stick as a straight edge and “drew” with the Dremel along it. I wasn’t too worried about damage to the paint stick since it wasn’t a ruler.
Important – This step takes a lot of patience and having background music will definitely help!
Step 5: Fill in the engraved lines with metallic silver paint.
Don’t be too worried about getting it outside the lines.
Step 6: Sand away excess paint.
- Using a random orbital sander, sand away any excess paint, and dirt from the drawer faces.
- This removes all the extra paint that didn’t go into the engraved areas.
- Be sure to wipe down using a tack cloth and remove any sanding dust lodged in the engraved lines.
Step 7: Add color!
- Paint or stain each hexagon individually.
- There is no pattern to the colors. They are randomly selected to make sure –
- there is a balance of color across the dresser, and
- no two hexagons next to each other have the same color.
- I used HANDy Craft Cups to keep all the stains easily accessible.
- To tie it in with the exterior frame, I painted a few of the hexagons white too!
Note – The engraved lines make it so easy to stay within lines!
I loved using the HANDy Craft Cups and HANDy Craft Trays! The easy thumb-thru ergonomic handle helps keep your hand from getting tired, and the Craft Cup holds a ½ pint of paint! The brush scraper helps keep
projects from getting too messy by eliminating drips and spills.
Step 8: Stain and add the top
Step 9: Add hardware
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