Turn a plain Jane pine chest into a sophisticated coastal styled nightstand with this easy Ikea RAST hack, sponsored by Hickory Hardware.
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I love when a project pushes me outside my comfort zone and also gets me moving to finish a long overdue room makeover.

You don't have to have a lot of building experience to turn this simple pine dresser into a gorgeous nightstand. This Ikea Rast hack has a sophisticated coastal vibe that is perfect for a beach house or for a tranquil bedroom space. #hickoryhardware #ikeahack #sponsored

When Hickory Hardware challenged me to participate in an IKEA RAST hack competition with other bloggers, I decided to finally get back to the business of decorating our guest bedroom. (My plans have changed a bit since I pulled together this mood board.)

I would love it if you’d vote for my Ikea RAST hack on the Hickory Hardware Facebook page from March 9-31. The top three winners get a hardware makeover for a room of their choice.

The RAST three-drawer dresser is a pretty simple piece, but it’s made of pine and has so much potential when you apply a little creativity, paint and power tool action to it.

You'll love this Ikea RAST hack. She did a great job transforming this plain pine dresser into a sophisticated nightstand. The color is stunning and I just love the rope detailing! #hickoryhardware #sponsored #Ikeahack
Now, those power tools are where my limitations lie. Not that I’m afraid of them, and not that I can’t rock a drill or a jigsaw. But I don’t own anything beyond simple tools, and my experience with building is limited to basics.

But I have a good friend, Janelle from Simply Janelle Designs, who builds furniture and has an enviable workshop. And she also teaches women’s carpentry classes and her son and mine love playing together. We can put them in a room with a bin of Legos and they will play for hours. (She’s also a barn wood broker and knows the best places to find good junk!)

So, we planned a mommy-son play date and got to work on my Ikea RAST hack.

This was a pretty simple build because my friend, Janelle, is in the business of teaching women to rock power tools and to have the confidence to DIY. So, she wasn’t going to do this project for me. But it was great to have her expertise guiding me and access to her workshop. (I got to play around with a lot of tools, including a router, table saw and the nail gun, which is always my favorite.)

For my part, I made sure she didn’t have to cook that night by taking her a pan of my husband’s delicous homemade lasagna.

You'll need these basic supplies for this Ikea Rast Hack to transform a plain nightstand into a sophisticated three-drawer chest, inspired by furniture from Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs. #hickoryhardware #sponsored #ikeahack

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For this project, I picked up a few supplies from Lowe’s, like this half-round round rope molding and four early American traditional wood table legs.

To create the sophisticated coastal style I was after, I chose satin nickel pendant pulls from Hickory Hardware. These remind me of jewelry and the hardware I see on some of the pricey furniture from Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs.

For the finish, I used Miss Mustard’s Seed Milk Paint in Eulalie’s Sky to match other pieces in the guest bedroom. The white accents on the rope trim were painted with DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Everlasting.

Now let’s get to building.

Stay tuned for another easy Ikea Rast hack transformation. With just a few simple additions and a fresh paint color, you can transform this plain piece into high-end furniture on a budget. #hicktoryhardware #sponsored #ikeahack

The first step in this project was to attach the legs to the bottom of the chest. We did this by adding a 2X4 on each side on the bottom of the dresser’s base.

The first step in my Ikea Rast Hack was to add wood braces to the base so I could add turned legs to the simple pine chest. #hickoryhardware #sponsored #ikeahack

I predrilled holes, which I countersunk and later filled in with wood filler, and then added wood screws to attach the 2X4 pieces to the base.

Here's a simple way to add feet to your IKEA RAST hack. Just add a 2X4 to the base and attach the feet to it. #hickoryhardware #sponsored #ikeahack

Then, I predrilled holes for the feet and added them.

I knew that I wanted to dress up the top of the nightstand, as well. The solution was to add some scrap molding around the edges to create a faux tray top.

To eliminate the gap on the top of the chest, I added a thin sheet of luan. You can see how the entire Ikea RAST hack transformation on Atta Girl Says. #hickoryhardware #sponsored #ikeahack

To eliminate a gap that would have existed on the top of the nightstand, we added a thin sheet of luan to bring it to level with the frame. It was secured with wood glue.

For this Ikea Rast Hack, I adding simple trim molding to the top of the nightstand to create a faux tray. Click to see the full transformation. #hickoryhardware #ikeahack #sponsored

To create the faux tray top, I just used some scraps from Janelle’s workshop, cut to size, and secured with finish nails. We had to add another strip of wood to bring the front of the nightstand flush with the tray molding, which you can see in the photo above. We weren’t concerned about the gap because it would be covered with the rope trim molding, as you’ll see in the photo below.

Add rope trim molding to give a plain dresser character. You can see more of this easy Ikea RAST hack by clicking. #hickoryhardware #sponsored #ikeahack

I used wood glue and finish nails to attach the rope trim.

For the final step in the hack, I added another piece of wood at the bottom of the dresser to eliminate the toe kick. I don’t have a photo of this step, but Janelle used her table saw to rip a scrap of wood to the right depth to fit in the toe kick. (I totally would have done that part, but I was using the circular saw to cut some other materials.) To give it a finished look, I added another piece of rope trim to the base.

I just love this Ikea RAST Hack. The color and hardware are beautiful. And I love all the coastal touches, like the rope trim. #hickoryhardware #sponsored #Ikeahack

Because the RAST is unfinished pine, I didn’t have to prep the wood at all before painting it with the milk paint. I used three coats to get the color and coverage I was going for. (Since I was painting unfinished wood, I didn’t have to worry about the milk paint chipping.)

Some simple rope trim, painted white, adds a lot of detail to this Ikea RAST hack. You won't believe the transformation of this simple pine chest. #hickoryhardware #sponsored #ikearasthack

The rope trim was painted in two coats of Everlasting, the white from DecoArt’s Americana Chalky Finish line. To save my shoulder the chore of waxing and buffing, I used two coats of DecoArt Americana Decor Soft Touch varnish as my top coat.

I just love the contrast of the coastal aqua and the white.

This gorgeous Ikea RAST hack nightstand is painted in Eulalie's Sky, a gorgeous aqua from Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint. It's the perfect coastal hue. #hickoryhardware #ikeahack #sponsored

And then there are those gorgeous pendant pulls from Hickory Hardware.

Brushed satin nickel pendant pulls from Hickory Hardware dress up a plain pine chest in this Ikea Rast Hack furniture markeover. #hickoryhardware #sponsored #ikeahack

I should mention that I had to drill new holes for the pendant pulls so they would be centered on the drawers. I also replaced the screws that came with them with shorter #8-32 1/2-inch pan head screws and added a #8 flat washer to each so they would fit securely against the drawers.

For years, I searched for the perfect nightstands for our guest bedroom. When I couldn't find the sophisticated coastal ones look I was going for in our budget, I made my own using a $35 pine dresser from Ikea. Anybody can do this simple Ikea RAST hack. Click for step-by-step instructions #hickoryhardware #sponsored #Ikeahack

I really love how this Ikea RAST hack nightstand looks in the guest bedroom. It definitely kicked me into gear to finally finish decorating the room! I can’t wait to show you the full room reveal very soon.

Don’t forget to vote for my sophisticated coastal nightstand Ikea RAST hack on the Hickory Hardware Facebook page, from March 9-31.

For years, I searched for the perfect nightstands for our guest bedroom. When I couldn't find the sophisticated coastal ones look I was going for in our budget, I made my own using a $35 pine dresser from Ikea. Anybody can do this simple Ikea RAST hack. Click for step-by-step instructions #hickoryhardware #sponsored #Ikeahack


  1. Betsyjoyner says:

    Boy, who would have thought that you take a basic box and turn it into something so glam!

  2. BOBBI DUNCAN says:


  3. Love what you did with your night stand chest. Love love love the color, and also the way you styled it on top.
    Beautiful……………also voted for you.

    Blessings, Nellie

  4. This is beautiful and I just voted for you! I absolutely love the color you chose. I actually picked up a $10 bedside table at Goodwill awhile back and plan to make it my first furniture project. This paint would be perfect for our own coastal theme but can you please tell me the difference between milk paint and regular paint? I just want to make sure it will work for my piece. I do plan to sand off the paint that’s already on it. (Thanks for linking up with us at Share The Wealth Sunday so I could learn from you!)

  5. Really awesome Ikea hack. Love it! I will be featuring this tonight at my Swing into Spring party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

  6. Absolutely stunning makeover!! Love your colour choice, cannot believe it is IKEA! Thank you for sharing with #OMHGWW My pleasure to feature you this week as my favourite from last week’s linkup!
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  7. I love it and you’re inspiring me to FINALLY do something that results in my room having matching nightstands (that hold junk…a must with our limited closet space).

    Thanks for sharing.
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  8. This is so cute – I love the touch of molding, too! Thanks for bringing this by to Throwback Thursday! :)


  9. What a huge difference. I can’t believe it’s the same dresser! Thanks for linking up at #SaucySaturdays.
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  11. Very nice transformation Amy. Love the color!


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