DIY // Green & Ostrich Rast Hack // IKEA {Bedroom Nightstand Reveal}

green ostrich rast hack by design manifest

In an effort to get the bedroom finished, (well past the One Room Challenge deadline,) George and I transformed my pine Ikea Rast Nightstands into these emerald green/ ostrich faced beauties.  I wish I could say the DIY was a breeze and joy but it actually sucked a whole lot.  First – even though we both know better- we rushed and picked a crappy stain in our basement and didn’t like the result.   We had to totally rework our design, which changed our nightstands from stained to painted. Then we got a bad batch of oil paint and it never dried fully.  Poor Georgie had to cut the trim twice… what a trooper.  If we counted up our hours on this one, these $30 cabinets would end up being over $1,000 in our design and labor rates.  It’s kinda funny.

 Despite the ordeal, the result is pretty fab and the green is the perfect pop of color against my black bedroom walls.

Here’s a breakdown for those of you who are are as crazy as us to DIY this yourselves.  (Seriously though, its not that hard.)

STEP 1: BUY NIGHTSTANDS

ikea rast natural

It’s the Ikea Rast

In my case, I was re-doing a pair that I had already hacked to look like this:

Design Manifest Rast White-stained wood Nightstand

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STEP 2: MARK CENTERS, DRILL HOLES FOR HARDWARE

rast mark centers

(Find you center point and then measure out from there to place holes for pulls)

lews dolan bar pull

I used these pulls in polished brass.

rast holes drilled

(new holes drilled)

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STEP 3: CUT OSTRICH FRONTS

The Vinyl Ostrich was sourced locally.

You can also find it HERE.

rast ostrich template

We turned the fabric on its back and used a straight edge to trace lines.

Since we knew our trim would be covering the edges, we made our fabric pieces 1/2″ smaller than drawer head all around.

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STEP 4: GET YOUR GLUE ON

We used spray adhesive (heavy duty for vinyls) on both faux-ostrich vinyl and drawer fronts

rast glue ostrich

George is a neat sprayer, I am a messy sprayer.  Insert your joke here.

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We waited a few minutes and slowly pressed the fabric onto the drawer.

This worked best as a two person job when one person held the fabric up and one pressed down starting at one edge and working towards the other.

rast ostrich on drawer heads

All glued up!

This part was really quite easy.

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STEP 5: CUT YOUR TRIM

rast hack mitred trim pieces

George took his measurements and then cut his miters on his saw.

Mitered corners are much nicer that butting ends of the trim.

STEP 6: STAIN PAINT YOUR TRIM AND BOXES

rast trim pieces stained

Since we were working with previously hacked Rast’s we were intitally going to stain the trim to match the stained boxes.

Alas, we rushed and chose a poly-stain and were not happy with the look at all.

So we scrapped that idea and pulled out are paint chart.

After a little debate, we settled on a bold green hue…

starboard

Starboard by Sherwin Williams.

It’s pretty bold in a white setting, but looks great against black walls.

Color is all about context, right?

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Paint Drama ensued- stuff not drying.  Finish looking shitastic.

Long story short- skip the oil paint.

Ask your paint guy for a nice durable gloss latex.

Oh and don’t rush.  You’ll just make mistakes, DUH.

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STEP 7: ASSEMBLE  TRIM, MOUNT HARDWARE,

BASK IN YOUR GLORY

Finally (like a week later) the stupid paint dried and we attached the trim with a few pin nails.

The finishing touch was the polished brass hardware.  Find it HERE.

I purposely chose a really long pull.  I wanted that drama.

ostrich and hardware detail- design manifest

ostrich rast hack starboard green - design manifest

green rast 4

Green Lacquer Ostrich Rast Hack by Design Manifest

HELLO LOVER.

I am having the damnedest time taking a good picture against the black walls.

Here is a cruddy shot of my side of the bed.

Processed with VSCOcam

Loving the nightstand paired with my favorite planter.

More bedroom pictures to come soon.

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And there ya have it, another rast hack.

This is my 3rd (and probably last) for those who are counting.

This one is still my most popular blog post ever.

One Room Challenge {Naomi’s Bedroom} Week 7

Seriously guys, you make me want to cry. Like good tears. I don’t deserve this tears. The praise, support and over-the-top enthusiasm you have shown me and Dad is just too much for words. I feel humbled, almost embarrassed by your compliments. (But don’t stop, seriously.) We aren’t superstars, we aren’t design geniuses… we just like renovating homes and we try to do it as best we can. Maybe in my private dreams I’m some design superstar… but last wek, you made me feel like I was the real deal. So thank you. Thank you for loving our kitchen and telling us so. I read every single comment and each one was special to me. I wish I could reach out to all of you and hug you, high five you or just clink my wine glass. Thank you. You are awesome. You make all of this hard work just a little more gratifying.

So last Wednesday was my glory day then last Thursday I fell flat on my face and completely missed week 6 of the ORC Linking event. So much for a bedroom reveal. My Bad. The good news is our carpenter, Brandon, came back! We are on target for a 12/1 finish date. The room is back in forward progress mode.

Let me show you what’s going on…

windows painted

The window trim and frames got painted black.

Yes, you can spray paint vinyl window frames.  It’s da best thing ever.

crown installed

The crown moulding got installed and painted black.

Still need to paint the baseboard black.

bedroom light

My Steampunk ceiling fixture got installed.

I LURVE it.

I need to change to round bulbs though.  Those candelabra bulbs make me all sorts of angry.

closet doors in

The closet doors are in.

We need to paint the doors and trim black.

We also need to add the moulding and mirror to the doors.

inside closet

I took a break from the black inside the closets.

I had to paint them twice because the first pink was just wrong.

The winner was Sherman Williams “Tuberose.”

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Last time I posted about my bedroom, I was debating between black and white trim.

George voted black and I voted white.

I let him win this one because I’m doing whatever I want with the pillows.

Also, its’ for the best that things area black.

While the trim is more subtle, it also hides the fact that nothing is level in this room!

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I’ll be back next week in my own version of the neverending One Room Challenge.

Hopefully I’ll be sharing on my super sexy nightstands!

CATCH UP

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

One Room Challenge {Petite Kitchen} Week 6 FINALE

Welcome to the  final week of the One Room Challenge!  If you have been following along from the beginning then you have seen me and  my father completely transform our client’s kitchen over the past 6 weeks.  If you are just tuning in today, you are in for a big treat because I’ll be sharing those requisite Before photos along with our super sparkly After shots courtesy of Courtney Apple.

Courtney was such a trooper and stopped by this Monday afternoon to photograph the kitchen.  We were literally cleaning up paint cans, fastening electrical plates and pulling up masonite (wood floor protection) right before she showed up.  We could not have timed this puppy any closer.  Truth be told, we aren’t completely done; the wood floors need their final (3rd) coat of finish and so we did not move the dining room furniture back into the space.  My clients have also not filled in the new cabinets with all of their kitchen goodies.  I brought over a few of my own stuff to do a little shelf styling.  Overall though, I think you’ll get a good sense of the new space.

{Need to Catch Up?}

WEEK 1 / WEEK 2 / WEEK 3 / WEEK 4 / WEEK 5

Before we renovated the kitchen it was a dark, cramped space.  At 8’7 by 14’8 not only was it not very functional to work in, it was impossible to photograph!  (Helllooo how can I show a proper Before and After if I can’t even photograph the room?)

View from the Dining Room Before

kitchen from dining room- before

It took a little convincing, but our clients agreed to let us remove the wall between the kitchen and the dining room.

View from the Dining Room Week 3

walls and floors out in petite kitchen

Now, with the wall gone, it is a completely different.  Open, bright, and incredibly inviting.  Actually words don’t do it justice,

without further ado, check out the space today…

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* * * One Room Challenge {Linking} * * * Naomi’s Bedroom- Week 5

So it’s week 5 in what I think may be a 12 week bedroom renovation.  

Wait you wanted progress?  You wanted a complete room redo in 6 weeks?

You should have stopped by yesterday.

We are rocking our kitchen One Room Challenge outta the water.

Bedroom is more like ambitious yet fumbling failure.

I still have no carpenters.  They are off building the kitchen mentioned above plus a soon-to-be-stunning master bathroom.  So that means no trim, no pocket door, no mouldings on my closet doors.  Also, no finished Spackle and sanding.  And you can’t paint if your walls aren’t done.  And if your walls aren’t painted, you can’t clean up.  And if you can’t clean up you can’t move your stuff in.

Deadlock.

Or maybe not.  With a little pleading, tears and batting of my eyelashes, I enlisted the help of Boy(friend) Wonder, Georgie.  We got to work on the nightstands.  At least I could move SOMETHING Forward.  We went to task transforming the faces of my nighstands from this…

Design Manifest Rast White-stained wood Nightstand

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One Room Challenge {Petite Kitchen} Week 5

It’s week 5 of the One Room Challenge and we are rounding the finish line in this kitchen renovation.  Tile woes are subsiding as the gorgeous mosaics are set up the wall.  I’m fairly certain we will have a finished kitchen to show you next week!  We might not have time to fill and organize the cabinets, but at the very least, the construction site will be cleaned up and it will be fully functioning.

Need to catch up?

Week 1- Before Photos, Inspiration, Demolition

Week 2- Floor Plan Deliberation, Wall Removal, Drywall

Week 3- Wood Floors, Cabinet Details, Appliances

Week 4- Cabinets Installed, Tile and Countertop selections

 When I left you last week the cabinets had been installed and I went out to the stone fabricator to place the countertop sections on the quartzite slabs.  Countertops were cut and installed last week and the are so beautiful.  The material is “Aquias Blue” quartzite and I’m obsessed.

countertop waterfall

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