Bedside table DIY

rast-before-afterWho doesn’t love a good before and after project? We needed functional storage for our bedside tables and we are tight on space around here. I searched high and low for the best bedside table that met my long list of needs and nothing could be found that didn’t cost my first and last months rent. Like many so many other people, I decided to transform the IKEA Rast dresser to meet our style and functional needs.

There are so many hacks out there for this little dresser, the Rast is your oyster (what does that even mean?). Like most of my projects and style leanings, I wanted something mid century modern with a bit of a pop.

We painted the frame with a high gloss white paint, 2 coats because the untreated wood soaked up a lot of paint.


Then I did what I think most DIYers don’t ever talk about. I put the project on hold for like 2 months because life is busy and we needed storage right away. Doesn’t everyone do this, like who gets their project done in one fell swoop? Or am I just an indecisive slacker?


This is real messy life sometimes. I’m not ashamed.

The reason I didn’t paint the drawers was because I love the look of the raw wood and think that maybe one day when I get bored with this design I might want to go back to the wood. I had the perfect solution in mind…removable wall paper from Chasing Paper! I covered the front of the drawers and then swapped out the pulls with some snazzy geometric ones from CB2 and voila!


Stay tuned for a whole room make over post!



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