Ugh. A Rast hack. Like the internet needs one more…
It doesn’t… but we needed night stands.
I was looking for something with a mid-century modern vibe but also a good amount of storage. Yeah, that’s super hard to find. After months of searching garage sales, thrift stores and craigslist, I gave up and decided to buy a pair of Rasts from Ikea. In June. Yes, these have been sitting next our bed, unfinished, since before Haven. Well, folks, they’re finally done and it was a surprisingly easy project.
I had lots of help from the Hubs. If you happen to know the dude, he deserves a pat on the back for this one.
We cut down both sides of the Rast by exactly three inches. Measure and cut from the bottom. Then we cut another piece of wood to the exact same size as the top of the Rast. We attached the bottom using 3/4″ screws, inserted through the bottom one the side.
I used wood filler to fill the hardware holes and then sanded and primed using Zinnser 1-2-3 spray primer. The drawers are also sprayed using Rustoleum’s semi-gloss white.
I used Minwax’s Dark Walnut stain on the outside as well as for the legs. The legs are Waddell’s 4″ tapered legs from HD attached with a dual top plate. I love these top plates, they give you the option to choose what look you like best and also gives you the freedom to switch it up down the road when you get to itchin’ for a nightstand makeover.
The hardware was an Etsy score. I got all six for 30 bucks! I thought about spraying them in gold but I really like the tarnish on them. I used antique gold Rub n Buff on the feet caps to match the tarnish on the pulls.
Boom! A mid-century modern(ish) dresser with storage!
So, are you over the rast thing?