Raise your hand if you love a no power tool ikea hack?
In the spirit of keeping it easy, I have an Ikea hack with the popular Rast 3 Drawer Chest that retails for 69.99 + HST in Canada that uses NO power tools! If you like no tool furniture flips, make sure to check out some other furniture flips I have done here with an antique school desks and nightstands!
All we are going to use are some simple tools like a paintbrush, handy miter shears, wood glue, some paint and new hardware to upgrade these drab wooden chests into a more custom look. And I did this in 2 hours. plus paint drying time so you can certainly start and finish this project in one day!
Here is what I did to achieve this elevated nightstand look.
- Ikea Rast Nightstand
- Trim of choice for edges of drawers – I used this trim which was inexpensive
- Miter Shears
- Wood Glue
- Paint Brush
What to do:
Step 1. Assemble the Ikea piece and paint the side of the chest in a paint colour of choice. Here, I used Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore in a pearl finish. I had this paint leftover from our entryway project and hence it cost me $0 for this no power tool ikea hack.
Step 2: While the paint is drying, use miter shears to cut trim to length at 45 degree angles to create a box around the drawers. This will create a trimmed out look for the drawers and instantly make them look more expensive than they are. If you are new to created mitered boxes, here is a great tutorial! You can even skip the trim for this no power tool ikea hack!
Step 3. Use woodglue to attach the trim onto the drawers. No power tools like a nailer needed!
Step 4. After the woodglue has dried, paint the drawers.
Step 5. Add hardware of choice – I added two knobs per drawer and used the existing holes that come pre drilled into the drawers. If you want to do just once handle or knob, you will need to fill in the holes and sand them.
There you have it – a simple ikea hack which requires no power tools and can be easily completed in an afternoon!
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