DIY Fluted Nightstand #IKEAhack

Find more details about this project on my Instagram

Hi everyone! Welcome to my first blog post, and thank you for visiting. I’ve been working on decorating my bedroom for quite some time, and I was on a hunt for nice and wide nightstands which were pretty and were also in my budget. If you’d like to see videos of me DIYing this nightstand, feel free to check out my Instagram story highlights here. After looking through gazillion of furniture websites I ultimately gave up and thought of creating on my own. I came across a similar design on @kinandkasa‘s page, and got inspired by it. SO, let’s the cut the intro short and start on how to build this!

What you will need:

Let’s get building

  • Step 1: Cut the moulding into equal pieces of 7-1/8″ length. This should be equal to the height of the drawer front. Every moulding was originally 8′ long and I used 5 of them for one nightstand. I used my miter saw to cut these and using a stop block at 7-1/8″ from the blade really helped – it avoids measuring the moulding every time you’re making the cut.
  • Step 2: Once you have all the moulding pieces cut, it’s time to glue them on to the drawer front. You might want to do a dry run first to see how the pieces are going to lay out on the front. There could be some color variations on the moulding so it’s better to lay them down first and check to make sure you like the pattern. I mixed in the darker colors randomly to avoid it having all light on one drawer and all dark on other.
  • Step 3: Once you’re happy with the pattern, start glueing the moulding pieces to the drawer front. Make sure they’re in the same horizontal line at the top edge. The wood glue does give you some time to adjust the pieces so take your time to have it flush against the top edge.
  • Step 4: As you would have noticed we are only adding two drawers to the nightstand while the original IKEA Rast nightstand comes with three drawers. So now that we will have empty space at the top we need to add a shelf. I used plywood to cut the shelf piece. You can get it cut from your local home improvement store or cut it yourself using circular saw. The plywood we need for the shelf would be of the same dimensions as the top most piece that comes in the IKEA package, which is 11-5/8″ x 23″. To get a finished look I will highly suggest adding edge banding to the plywood edge. You can simply iron on the edge banding and it hides the plywood sheets cross-section.
Before edge banding
After edge banding
  • Step 5: Now it’s time to assemble the nightstand. Assemble the top and vertical pieces and then add the plywood shelf. You can either attach the plywood using regular screws or use pocket hole joinery to attach it. Using pocket holes is much more cleaner since you won’t see the screws on the outside. I made a total of 4 pocket holes on the under side of the shelf (2 on each side). Using pocket screws I attached the piece to the main frame. Assemble the rest of the nightstand following IKEA instructions.
  • Step 6: It’s time for the fun part now – staining. You can choose to either paint the entire nightstand or stain. I chose to stain it with a mixture of English Chestnut and Weathered Oak – I thought it goes better with my room when stained. If you decide to stain, you will have to condition the wood using a pre-stain conditioner. A pre stain conditioner helps the stain go on smoothly and avoids blotchiness. Once the conditioner dries, you can stain your nightstand. Lastly, apply a sealer like polyurethane on top. I use oil based polyurethane as my stains are oil based as well.
  • Step 7: You’re almost done now. Just add your favorite drawer pulls and voila – you have your DIY fluted/reeded nightstands ready. I don’t think you’ll find a better nightstand in at such an affordable price. Enjoy your hard work!

You can find the video tutorial on my Instagram story highlights titled “Nightstands”

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