You know those projects that take you literally an entire year to complete? This was one of them. Now you wouldn’t think a simple Ikea Rast hack could take a year, but it did.
It all started when we moved. Taking everything from my little bachelorette townhouse and moving it into this giant home made me realize some (ok, most) of my furniture wasn’t going to cut it. These little “nightstand” shelves… not exactly what I pictured in my new, grand master bedroom.
“J” and I talked about getting a new bedroom set, but since I was determined to keep the dresser I refinished a few months prior, our only other option was to find matching nightstands. And so it began; my daily check in on Kijiji. A few times I was close, but unfortunately they were either snatched up too quickly or the seller was not willing to negotiate their insanely high price.
After months of searching I started to lose hope. Why was it so hard to find what I as looking for? Then one afternoon I stumbled across Lindsay’s beautiful Ikea Rast Hack… And the lightbulb went off! Of course! Why didn’t I think of that!
After purchasing the nightstands, staining the fronts, and painting the exterior, I thought I was through the tough of it… turns out finding and painting the nightstands were not the hardest part of this project. Oh no, my journey had just begun.
You see, my dresser came with gorgeous, antique hardware, which is what I love most about the dresser. I knew right away that I had to find matching pulls. Twelve of them to be exact. I looked everywhere. Home Depot. Rona. Lee Valley. I almost scored on Etsy but the seller only had 11. I even put a call out on Twitter. The nightstands sat in the master bedroom for months without hardware. And while they were beautiful to look at, they didn’t offer much in terms of functionality without any way to open the drawers!
One afternoon, while out-and-about with Nikki, we decided to stop in at the Waterloo ReStore. We quickly found ourselves standing in front of the massive hardware wall digging through the bins. And there they were! One, two, five, eight pulls! But we were till four short. We must have spent another 30 minutes sorting through the hundreds of pulls. Finally, I gave up. Would it be so bad if the two top pulls were different? Turns out giving in was the best decision I made. Once installed, the mismatched pulls looked amazing; I couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out!
In the end I’m glad I took the time to finish the nightstands properly (and to my liking), albeit one year was a but much.
– Ikea Rast Dresser
– Exterior Colour: Benjamin Moore Aura in “Willow”
– Stained Drawer Colour: Low VOC stain in “Cocoa”
– Mis-match Hardware from ReStore