Thursday, January 19, 2012

IKEA Hack Nightstand Construction Details

Yesterday I showed you my fancy new nightstands, and today I'm outlining the steps I took to construct and finish them. Buckle up, because here are the steps to make your own!


Step 1: Assemble RAST nightstand per included instructions.


Step 2: Cut and glue lattice on drawer fronts.
I purchased  a few sticks of 1/4" hemlock lattice at my local HD. It's nice and smooth, great for crafts - if you can find it. It took me forever to locate it in my store even though it was just in the regular moulding department... I struggle. I cut it into 7 7/16" lengths and 20 3/16" lengths and attached it with wood glue. Instead of clamps, I used heavy cans of food to hold the lattice in place until it dried - we're super professional over here.


I decided against mitering the corners after looking at several nightstands I liked and noticing this style of joint on their drawer fronts. I'm a total copy cat.

Step 3: Attach decorative moulding to top
Next I used small moulding (removed from various places in my 1960 house, layers of old yellowed poly included free of charge!) and trimmed out the top of the nightstands. I used a thin piece of scrap lattice to fill and reinforce the gap along the front created by the nightstand's wider side pieces.


Step 4: Details!
- Tighten any visible screws until they suck up into the wood so you can fill them with wood putty and sand them flush.
- Cut away a rough opening in the toe kick-thingy with a jig saw.
- Add a few pieces of scrap  lattice to the top of the toe kick so that a 3/4" piece of MDF placed on top of them will sit flush with the front of the nightstand.


Step 5: Cut out decorative front piece with jig saw
I drew a template, traced it onto two pieces of 3/4" MDF pieces that were each 23 1/8" x 3 13/16" and went at it with a jig saw. Mine has a little twisty knob that helps make sharp corners, and I just tried to get them as close as possible. Mine are definitely not perfect - I used my orbital sander with  rough grit sandpaper to smooth them out and help conceal any boo-boos.  After they're done, attach them to the nightstands with glue and nails through the sides and where the 1/4" lattice scrap is.


One quick tip: I stood the nightstands up when I fit the decorative front piece on to make sure it was flush with the bottom of the nightstand and to help prevent any issues with the bottom drawer opening if it was placed too high.

Step 6: Attach table tops
Cut a piece of MDF a little larger than the size of the nightstand + decorative moulding. My tops were 26" x 12 3/4". Attach them with glue and nails.


Step 7:  Caulk if you want - I only caulked between the table top and the strip of moulding, I purposefully left the tight joints on the drawer fronts as is. Also fill any nail holes and seams with wood putty, then sand smooth.


Step 8: Prime with oil-based primer (remember, it's MDF and raw wood. Oil-based!)

Step 9: Finish with paint of your choice.
I used Martha Stewart paint in Mushroom (love) and a little bit of Floetrol, an additive that helps minimize paint and roller lines in latex paints (there's also something called Penetrol for oil-based paints, FYI)
I used an angled brush and a small high-density foam roller to apply two coats of paint.


After the paint dried, I applied a non-yellowing water-based poly with a foam craft brush -- do not use a roller as that will result in bubbles. Promise. Coat an area with poly and then work your way back across the entire surface, pulling in one direction to help minimize any lines.

Let that dry, add some knobs and voilĂ ! You have a nightstand. Or two!


Hopefully it doesn't take you 4 months like it took me! I took my time to uh...make sure... everything was perfect. Or something.

Updated to add: Apartment Therapy already featured these nightstands! A couple observant people over there commented on the lack of baseboard/outlet cover in an otherwise nice photo (y'all know how I struggle with baseboard... le sigh.)  So, for fun, I made up a pretend photo so we can all imagine it's done and everything's pretty-like.



Ahh. Much better, right? If only it was really that easy!

Sharing at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Home Stories A to Z, Thrifty Decor Chick

37 comments:

  1. Between this hack and the one on A Charming Nest I am completely motivated and going to be a copy cat. Off to Ikea I go.

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  2. That looks so great and I would never have guessed it was originally an idea piece! Really like the paint color too.

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  3. Isn't it nice to know that you've created a unique piece of furniture? Under the circumstances four months was pretty darn quick :-)

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  4. Love it!! Thanks for the how-to! The cut-out at the bottom is extra nice and takes away some of the "clunkyness" of them. Is it ok to ask how much each nightstand came to after trim+paint, etc. ?

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  5. It looks great! I love the colour choice!! You would never guess that it started out as a boring little Ikea piece...

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  6. Wow . . . I LOVE IT!!! you have inspired me to think outside the box. Love your blog :)

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  7. You are a genius! I have to buy a jigsaw now!!!

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  8. Ok so floetrol and a foam roller - mental note - thanks!

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  9. I love it! I think I'm going to do this in my bedroom. I love that the knobs are the same color as the nightstand. Did you just paint them with a brush? Seems like a messy job that would never be perfect.

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  10. Oh my goodness, these are GORGEOUS! Just my style. I may copy this idea! Congrats on getting featured too!!

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  11. Gorgeous! You did a great job! I think my failure would be the "details" part!

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  12. Very cool little hack! Love how it turned out! :)

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  13. Kate (house185) - about painting the knobs, I did use a brush... I stuck the knobs (with screws attached) through the top of a box to keep them upright, and painted them by hand after spray priming them. It did take a little while, but because of the floetrol I added they smoothed out nicely :) Hope that helps!

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  14. I need skills. I'm so impressed!!

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  15. I'm crazy inspired by this project...this is exactly what I have been looking for in the master bedroom! I am so excited by your brilliance. And I totally cracked up with your fake baseboard and outlet. You funny lady, you. :)

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  16. How soon can I go to Ikea!?!
    I have been searching for the perfect, aka cheap, nightstand solution for YEARS!!! I am so in love with this idea!!!

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  17. Gorgeous! What a difference -- you are one handy gal. :)
    Visiting from Tuesdays Treasures.

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  18. I recently hacked a rast dresser for my son, but this one is definitely more elegant. Beautiful job!

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  19. WOW this is fabulous!! Love the color you picked too, I will be featuring it tomorrow.
    XO
    Kristin

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  20. This is so great Anna! Awesome tutorial and what a great upgrade to a basic nightstand. Your end result, including the awesome color, is, well, awesome!! Congrats on the feature at MUSOS. I'm so happy to be your newest follower!
    Karah

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  21. Wonderful project!!!

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  22. This looks amazing! I'm still finding it so hard to find affordable nightstands that are the right dimension. This seems like a lot of work, but I think I can handle it. One quick question - did you add a new top piece too? I can't seem to find that info in your post but it looks like it from the photos.

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  23. Oh my word!!! Your nightstand is lovely! Where did you find those darling knobs? I must have them for my Tarva hack to come...

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  24. Saw your nightstands on Pinterest and made my way to your post. Love the RAST hack and love the rest of your site too! I'll definitely be coming back to see more of your projects. Thanks for the great how-to.

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  25. You are a genius! Love how it turned out! :)

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  26. This is awesome! I'm so thrilled to have found this site. I love doing things for my grandchildren and this site is all around awesome! Thank you from a 70 yr old granny!

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  27. I admire your brilliance. Very classy piece of furniture, who would ever know there's a rast in there?

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  28. I admire your brilliance. Very classy piece of furniture, who would ever know there's a rast in there?

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  29. Lovely! Thanks for the step by step- can't wait to try it!

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  30. Thanks for the inspiration! I think I might try the bunk beds at some point too.

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  31. Wow, this looks really good! I wish I had the immagination to come up with things like this! But anyways thanks for letting me steal your ideas :D

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  32. LOVE your design!
    the knobs are gorgeous!
    did you get these at home depot too?
    kathy

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  33. LOVE your design!
    the knobs are gorgeous!
    did you get these at home depot too?
    kathy

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