Turn a Plain IKEA Rast Dresser Into a Rustic Farmhouse Nightstand

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IKEA hacks are all the rage! They are a great way to take a plain, basic piece of furniture and turn it into a conversation piece. The Rast dresser is an excellent base for so many projects. It only costs $39 and is made from real wood, as opposed to the particleboard IKEA uses in many of their other items. This means that you can sand, stain, or paint to your heart’s desire! Intrigued? Check out my step-by-step tutorial below to see how I turned my damaged Rast into a rustic farmhouse nightstand!


Tools and Materials:

  • IKEA Rast Dresser
  • Putty
  • Screwdriver
  • Plywood
  • Pine
  • 1”x2” lumber
  • Air nailer
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Sand paper
  • Stain
  • Foam brush
  • Lint-free cloth
  • 2 ½” L brackets
  • Spray paint
  • Oil wax
  • Caster wheels
  • Drawer pulls
Remove the Top Drawer
Remove the Top Drawer and Drawer Pulls

I have actually had this Rast dresser for a while, and the top drawer was broken, so I just decided to remove it entirely. 

Remove the Drawer Pulls

I also removed the drawer pulls from the other drawers and filled in the holes from the screws with putty. 


Measure the Base
Add a Base

I wanted to add wheels to my dresser, but in order to do that, I needed to add a base to the bottom of the dresser. I measured the bottom of the dresser which came out to 23 ⅜” long. I cut two pieces of plywood to length. 

Drill Pilot Holes

Next, I drilled pilot holes. Always make sure to drill pilot holes as without them the wood may split when you screw it onto the dresser. 

Add a Base

I attached the pieces of plywood to the bottom of the dresser and then flipped it over. 

Add a Shelf
Add a Shelf

I wanted to add a shelf where I had removed the broken drawer. I measured the dresser and then cut a piece of pine to fit.

Add Cleats

I cut two small pieces of 1”x2” wood to act as cleats for the shelf to sit on and screwed them in place inside the dresser.


Nail the Shelf

Then I used an air nailer to nail the shelf in place from the inside and the outer sides of the dresser.

Add Nails


I painted the shell of my dresser with Country Chic Paint in the shade Happy Hour. I love this because it’s clay-based but gives a chalk-like finish, which adds to the rustic farmhouse look that I was going for. I only needed to paint on one coat, and then I left it to dry.

Stain the Drawers

I lightly sanded the putty on the drawers until it was smooth.


Then I stained the drawers with the color Provincial from Varathane using a foam brush.

Stain the Drawers

Wipe Off

Before the stain had a chance to dry, I wiped off any excess with a lint-free cloth. As you can see, this technique really brought out the grain of the wood. 

L Brackets
Paint Hardware

Before I could attach the hardware, I needed to paint them to match my aesthetic. 

Paint Hardware

I spray painted my L brackets with black spray paint, let them dry, and then repeated the process on the other side.

Oil Wax
Add Oil Wax

I wanted to add a touch more of a rustic vibe to my dresser, so I painted on a layer of oil wax with a foam brush.

Add Oil Wax

Wipe Off

Then I wiped it off. It might look a little scary at first, but as you wipe it off you’ll see that it just adds a nice farmhouse look without being too overbearing.

Add More Oil Wax

I made sure to really get the oil wax into every nook and cranny of the dresser so that it looked cohesive

Rough It Up
Rough It Up

Using a hammer and a few other tools I roughed up the drawers. I don’t want anything to look too pristine or new, so I really went at it. 


Then I restained it, which emphasized the spots I had roughed up.

Add L Brackets
Add L Brackets

I added L brackets to the front corners of the drawers. This gave it a real Restoration Hardware look. 

Add Drawer Pulls
Add Drawer Pulls

I attached my new drawer pulls to the front of the drawers. I just love how the black hardware looks up against the stained wood. These cup pulls are perfect for the rustic farmhouse look I was going for. 

Add Wheels
Add Wheels

I flipped the shell of the dresser over and attached caster wheels.

DIY IKEA Drawers

Then I flipped it back over and put the drawers back in. The caster wheels make it easy to move when needed.

DIY IKEA Rast Hack

I’m using my made over Rast dresser as a bedside table in my bedroom, but it would really fit in anywhere in my house. Have you ever tried IKEA hacks before? Let me know in the comments below!

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