Ikea Rast Hack

In the spirit of continuing with my “finishing up” of our downstairs guest room, I wanted to share one of the simplest projects in this room.

Ikea Rast Hack

 When shopping for nightstands for our downstairs guest room I knew I wanted ones with drawers so I could store linens, extra towels for guests and also, honestly, some place I could store a bunch of Johns random junk.

I searched Craigslist for weeks and couldn’t find anything within my budget (read: free-ish) that didn’t need a total overhaul. I was all for slapping on a few coats of paint, but after renovating this entire room from the studs up any more than that was a deal breaker. I just wanted something to make the room say “bedroom!” and not “extra room with a random bed in the middle”.

I’ve been following Ikea Hacks on Pinterest for a while. There are so many Ikea Rast Hacks and most of them are pretty simple! I work conveniently close to an Ikea so I stopped on my way home and grabbed two. The Rasts cost $34.99 each so not exactly a big hit to the budget there.

 I knew I wanted to do them with a dark brown base since most of our furniture is dark, but I wanted to do the drawers white to brighten up the room. This room is pretty dark since the balcony of the room above hangs over the window so dark, heavy furniture wouldn’t work in this space.

Please excuse the crummy iPhone photos… one day I’m going to invest in a nice camera.

How to Build Ikea Furniture:

Step 1) Hand Ikea boxes husband. Step 2) Wait.

Ikea Rast Hack

But really, these little things almost require an advanced structural engineering degree to install. Thank goodness John was home to help!

Once he had them assembled, I took over. I used whatever leftover paint and supplies I had to stay withing my free-ish budget.

I did the bases in Rust-Oleum 2603-71131 Ultimate Wood Stain, 8-Ounce, Ebony (affiliate link).

Rust-Oleum Wood Stain

This stain is AWESOME. I attempted to use it on our staircase banister which was a huge disaster since I apparently hadn’t sanded off the existing varnish enough to use stain. I ended up starting from scratch and using gel stain, but I still had this Rust-Oleum stain leftover. On raw, untouched wood like the Rasts, this stuff was amazing and only took one coat for solid, complete coverage. After quickly roughing up the Rasts with sandpaper (I’m talking 1 minute sanding per Rast) I put it on with some leftover craft foam brushes (the kinds you give little kids to paint with) and wiped it off with an old rag every 15 minutes or so.

I can’t rave about this stain and this color enough! I hope I get to use it on something else in our house. I sealed the stain with some leftover polycrylic.


On the drawers, I used leftover trim paint we had in Benjamin Moore Simply White in a semi-gloss finish. Obviously, I am not concerned about getting paint on the magenta carpet, but I would recommend putting a sheet down or something if you have flooring you actually like!


For the longest time, I kept the same knobs that came with the Rast (also stained with Rust-Oleum Ebony).

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I really liked the contrast of the dark knobs and the white drawers, but wanted to make them look a little more custom and switched out the brown knobs with these brass ones from Lowe’s. They were only 97 cents each! Can’t beat that price.


 I love how much more character they have with just a simple hardware switcheroo! If you search Ikea Rast Hacks on Pinterest you will find a million ways to transform these things with styles ranging from vintage/antique to mid-century modern. I would call my transformation… minimal, in that I bought minimal supplies and designed the entire process based on what I already owned. Ain’t no shame in the cheap-o game!


The only things we have left to do in the room are trim out the window and AC unit, fix some baseboard trim and add doors to the closet. I’m also making a lot of progress in the bathroom and I will have an update for you soon!