Modern Industrial Nightstand

by SimplyDesigning
6 Materials
I always love a good challenge and so I am excited about today's project because it was an IKEA Hack challenge! Which happen to be one of my favorite types of challenges ever! Can you believe that this beautiful Modern Industrial Nightstand used to be a plain and boring Rast Dresser from IKEA!? It really did! Now it looks like a beautiful piece of custom furniture and I am simply in love with it! Keep reading to find out exactly what we did for this project!
This gorgeous nightstand didn't start out it's life this fancy, but with some elbow grease, new hardware and paint it sure is now! A big, big thank you to Pittsburgh Paints and Stains, Hickory Hardware and Menards for helping me out.
In case you aren't familiar with it, this is what an IKEA Rast dresser looks like. It's only about 2'x2' so it's not really a dresser, but rather a nightstand size. This is one of the most basic lines of furniture at Ikea, but it's made of solid wood so it's a great blank slate to work with! We just followed the directions and put it together.
Then we took it outside, trimmed the top of the sides down to be level with the top of the dresser and puttied the holes. After the putty was dry we sanded it down with 120 grit sandpaper. Next we primed the nightstand using an oil based primer and then we painted it using Pittsburg Trim, Door and Furniture Paint in Antique White with a 2 Purdy paint brush.
Because it is an oil based paint, it is important to only paint in a well ventilated area which is why I took mine outside to paint. Also remember to use mineral spirits to clean up your brushes when you are done painting.
My husband found these really neat round metal things and cool square metal trim and he went to work cutting everything to size and welding it together. We added a clear coat to prevent rust.
Next we cut and stained a piece of wood to be the new top of our nightstand. We used a hammer to distress the wood a bit before we stained it.
We added these hairpin legs to add some height. We painted them a hammered metal color to help match our metal overlay and let those dry before attaching them.
The last step we took was to attach new Hickory Hardware (
That is how we took an ordinary IKEA Rast dresser and turned it into this beautiful Modern Industrial Nightstand!!
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Val Val on Jul 22, 2018

    Gorgeous! You really knocked this outta the park. You had such vision to see this as so much more than it was made & it a superstar piece.

  • Andrader59 Andrader59 on Aug 02, 2018

    love the look, awesome stuff I love all your projects very very inspirational and educational:) Thank you