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
It’s the Ikea Rast
In my case, I was re-doing a pair that I had already hacked to look like this:
STEP 2: MARK CENTERS, DRILL HOLES FOR HARDWARE
(Find you center point and then measure out from there to place holes for pulls)
I used these pulls in polished brass.
(new holes drilled)
STEP 3: CUT OSTRICH FRONTS
The Vinyl Ostrich was sourced locally.
You can also find it HERE.
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.
STEP 4: GET YOUR GLUE ON
We used spray adhesive (heavy duty for vinyls) on both faux-ostrich vinyl and drawer fronts
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.
All glued up!
This part was really quite easy.
STEP 5: CUT YOUR TRIM
George took his measurements and then cut his miters on his saw.
Mitered corners are much nicer that butting ends of the trim.
STAIN PAINT YOUR TRIM AND BOXES
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.
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.
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.
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.