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.)


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



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)



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.



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.


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.



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.


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 by Sherwin Williams.

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

Color is all about context, right?


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.




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


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.


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.

#TBT Throwback Thursday- My Bench

When it comes to furniture, I really believe that if you buy what you love, it can work well in any home.  As someone who is a bit of a rolling stone, (I’ve had 5 homes since starting this blog in 2009) I’m no stranger to fitting my stuff into new places.  I’m not one to do the same thing over and over again.  Instead, I really love translating and styling my furniture in new ways each time I’m in a new setting.  Case in point: My ottoman.  It was a bit of a splurge when I first got it, but it’s gotten lots of use and I still love it today.  In honor of #TBT, I thought I’d take a mini walk down memory lane with my ottoman/ bench…

Design manifest coffee table ottoman la fiorentina tan white geometric pattern{2010: I left it bare and mixed with my Martin Sofa, pre-slipcover}

design manifest la fiorentina simone ottoman

{2011: I used it as my entry bench in my loft.}

design manifest la fiorentina ottoman suzani

{2013: Back in use as an ottoman, I’ve layered it with a vintage suzani.  My sofa (the same as above) is slipcovered.}

For many of you who have asked:

The Ottoman/bench is the Simone by Ballard Designs,

upholstered in custom fabric (La Fiorentina by Lee Jofa.)

PS- the Naomi’s Stuff tag is a great resource if you are looking for a source for any of my pieces!


So I know it’s been forever since I’ve shown any real progress on my loft.  Sorry about that.  I promise it’s not due to lack of effort.  I’ve been spray painting, sewing, upholstering, hanging stuff, zhushing and spray painting some more.  I feel so excited about where the space is, but I’m still only about 95% done.  I’ve scheduled a little photography shoot in exactly 13 days.  I’m hoping the deadline will give me the final oomph I need to wrap this loft up into a pretty little package.  

Since we have a bit until the big reveal, I thought I’d show you just a few tidbits I’ve been working on.

Do  you remember the gold-leaf debacle of ’11?  Yea well I failed.  My bergere chairs looked like gold tinfoil disasters.  I opted to strip and give ’em a nice spray job.  Much better.  Not perfect… but for a Craigslist score, I’m pretty happy.

I’ve been sewing.  A LOT.  

I took a risk and sprayed my woody mirror teal.  Only it ended up turquoise.  Zoinks!  Me thinks I need a redo here.

… And that’s all I got.  It may be spotty ’round these parts this week, I’ve got a lot on the plate.  As always, thanks for stopping by.  You guys really toot my horn.



A quiet long weekend was exactly what I needed so I’m feeling quite happy on this Monday Tuesday morning.   I was able to push a few projects along in the loft, do some fantastic shopping and spend time with good friends.  A girl can’t ask for much more, can she?

Here’s a little round-up of some new happenings around the loft.

#1 While shopping for vintage accessories for my clients I scooped up the most beautiful little rug for my bathroom.  

#2 Finally got around to hanging some art on my Blue wall.  

#3  Picked up a sweet little incense holder at that movie set sale a few weeks back.  I paired it with my coral (previously on the bookshelf) and I’m diggin the new coffee table vignette.

#4 Three words: Vintage Suzani Tablecloth. 

I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend too!  And since I don’t think I say it enough… Thanks so much for stopping by my little spot.  I really do appreciate each and every one of you readers, commenters and lurkers.  Keep it snazzy.

sweet baby Jesus, what have I done?

Friends, I fear it’s going to be a long, messy day.  A day that may end in the destruction of my sweet French chair.  Death by gold leaf.

I’m obviously a complete idiot for thinking I had the chops to tackle this project.  As I sit here with gold bits attached to my fingers, hair and apartment floor, I’m questioning why I didn’t hone my gold leafing skills before tackling my pretty chair.  Like, why not test it out on a block of wood, or some crappy piece of furniture I didn’t care about ruining?
Impatience is surely one of Decorating’s Seven Deadly Sins, and I’m the worst sinner of all.
Bri, not gonna lie, kinda blame you for giving me advice and making me believe I could do this.  OK, not really, but you make everything look so easy!
There are just so many curves and angles on this dang chair.  And my clumsy fingers are not navigating the sticky gold leaf so well.  Sigh.
I’m going to keep at it.  I thinking layering upon layering must fix some of this disaster.  I just may need to take a break and do some real work soon.
OH, And the scariest thought of all?  
There are two of these chairs.
(sorry for the crappy iPhone pics, just had to share my despair)