Finally! A new DIY project! It's one that I am pretty excited about, not only for its simplicity but for how well it turned out. I have been looking for new nightstands for what seems like forever. I didn't want nightstands that looked too dinky and with no storage so I originally thought I would try and find two dressers on Craigslist and refinish them, but then I was stuck with the dilemma that I wanted them to look the same. Luckily then I came across this blog...aubreyandlindsay.blogspot.com
She took a RAST bookcase from Ikea and made it into this (wish my photos looked as beautiful as hers!)
First thing first, go to Ikea and purchase the nightstand for $34.99 (can't beat that!) and assemble the RAST nightstand...
Mitsy doesn't seem happy with this process!
Next I look the drawers outside and primed them. I like to use a foam roller for both the primer and the paint - it gives it an ultra smooth finish with no brush strokes.
BM Fresh Start Enamel Underbody in White - I used this on my kitchen cabinets as well - It's oiled based so make sure you are well ventilated
I did one thin coat of primer as you can see above, next time I might do two thin coats instead to cover the wood grain more.
Then I did three thin coats of the same white BM Advantage paint I used for my kitchen cabinets
|1ST COAT OF STAIN|
Next I moved onto the nightstand itself. I used Minwax dark walnut. Just spread it on with a cloth in the direction of the wood grain. Then go back in about 5 minutes and go over it with a clean cloth to remove any extra that didn't absorb.
|2ND COAT OF STAIN|
Last step was to use a polyurethane in clear satin over the stain. And after everything dried I had this....
I added some Martha Stewart hardware for the time being until I find something better. I still have one more to do for the other side of the bed. I am pretty happy how it turned out! Just wish I could take magazine quality pics haha! Here are some more AFTERs below...
What;s next up for the bedroom you ask?
2nd RAST nightstand
New wall color
New tufted headboard
We be so grateful for some pins!