So moral of my rambling story is: your bedroom is extremely important. Its your sanctuary. Its where you relax, if married its where you spend time with your spouse, and hopefully get some good rest. You need to put some time into making YOUR space enjoyable for you. That doesn't mean you have to spend big bucks, it just means you might have to get more creative.
So to take a step in the direction of whipping our bedrooms into shape, I want to do a series of posts about some simple DIY's that can add beauty, interest, and love into your space. Today, I'm going to talk about the Ikea Rast dresser that can you can use as a nightstand. If you read this post, I included a Rast hack for Jordan to do in her master bedroom redo.
Here it is in all its glory -
So now its time to get your creative thinking going and think about all the different ways this dresser can be transformed. And to help out, here are some of my favorite Rast hacks -
This version seems to be the most popular, and the originator of this look (you can find many versions of this online), I've had this starred in my google reader for a couple years now and still am not sick of it (I would have done this for my night stands but unfortunately my bedroom is too small so I can't fit them :( ). I really love the mix of stain and white paint... is modern and classic.
This kept the stained and white paint going, but added some extra touches by adding the solid slab at the top and the base board around the bottom. Also, the 6 pulls were filled in and instead they went with 3 (so one on each drawer).
I'm loving the asian feel to these. Using black high gloss paint and some gold hardware these really become a statement piece. (Click on the source button to see how this was updated to become a tv console!)
I was actually surprised when I first saw this that it was an Ikea piece... which I guess means it was a job well done! I love the gold and blue (especially with the orange lamp accents!) and the greek key totally spice it up.
This Rask hast used adhesive spray to attach fabric to the drawer fronts. The possibilities are endless and adds some fun punch to the space.
I like how in this next example they removed the top drawer, and created added interest by lining the back of the (new) shelf with fabric. The white paint and white knobs also adds some awesomeness to this hack (follow the link to see another well-known version of this dresser!)
Here is a pretty example of how just one color also looks great even without all the added extras. Simple and clean.
I'm loving the gradient colors in this hack... it can be customized to whatever colors you'd like and would look beautiful. Its as simple as picking out a paint chip strip from the hardware store : ). (Ps- follow the link to see a Rast covered in newspaper.)
O'verlays is a company that creates these awesome fretwork panels that you can attach to your Ikea pieces. Follow the link to see all the different patterns they have!
So what did you think of this roundup? Would you ever use these dressers as a nightstand (or in any other way you'd need)? Is your creativity sparked? Hopefully this is a small step to get you thinking about how a little bit of money and some elbow grease can really yield unique, beautiful results for your home!