How to Do a Chic IKEA Nightstand Makeover in 5 Simple Steps

Welcome back to the series where we makeover my bedroom. So far, you’ve seen me tackle the walls, the headboard, and the bed frame. Now, we’re doing a DIY nightstand makeover! We’ll be turning basic IKEA nightstands into a style that I saw on Pinterest and fell in love with.

Keep reading and watching for some creative DIY nightstand makeover ideas!

Tools and materials:

  • IKEA nightstands
  • Bowl
  • Marker
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Scrap wood
  • Jigsaw
  • Electric sander
  • Wood filler
  • Scraper
  • Glue
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush and roller
Nightstand inspiration

1. Make the template

Take out the drawers and measure where you want the shapes to go. I used a mug, a paint can, and a bowl before I found the rough size and shape that I wanted.

Making the template with bowls

Then, draw around the bowl to get the shape you want. I wanted straighter edges, so I adjusted them freehand. Once you’re happy, cut out the template.

Making the template more square

2. Cut out the shapes

Draw around your template to get the shapes you want. I’m using some scrap wood left over from other DIY projects. I’m not going to make handles for the drawers; instead, the depths of the shapes will be the handles. Cut the shapes out with a jigsaw. I needed 24 in total.

Cutting out the shapes with a jigsaw

Sand the edges to make sure they’re perfectly smooth.

Sanding the edges

Don’t throw away your scrap bits of wood! We’ll attach these to the back of the shapes so that the shapes will have a more 3D effect sticking out of the drawers. Plus, this will make the shapes more like handles.

Scrap pieces of wood

3. Prep the surfaces

You cannot paint directly onto IKEA furniture as most of the surfaces are laminate. So, sand down all the surfaces first.

Sanding down the surfaces

If needed, apply wood filler to any worn corners and old handle holes.

Applying wood filler

4. Attach the wooden shapes

Apply glue to the small wood pieces and attach them to the back of the shapes.

Attaching the wooden shapes to the scrap pieces

Then, glue and nail the wooden shapes to the drawer fronts.

Attaching the shapes to the drawer fronts

As I mentioned, we’ll be using these shapes as handles, so we need to be super-sure that they can handle being pulled. Therefore, we’ll be adding screws from the inside. First, pre-drill your holes, then add your screws inside.

Drilling holes for the screws

5. Paint

To paint, you’ll need a paintbrush to get into the corners and into the gaps between the wooden pieces, as well as a roller for the flat surfaces. This paint took 3-4 coats before I was happy with the result, but it was worth it.

Painting the nightstand

DIY nightstand makeover

Here’s the before and after of the nightstand makeover! What do you think of this IKEA beside table transformation? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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