Hack of All Hacks

There are so many ways to get more mileage out of our IKEA purchases. There are entire websites dedicated to doing this - IKEA Hacker is a great one.

But this project, courtesy of Lindsay at Penny People Designs, is my all-time favorite.

The equation for the perfect cheap nightstands:

The IKEA Rast dresser. Cost =$39.99 ea.

+ Creamy white oil based paint (the suggested shade is Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace)


+ Minwax wood stain in a deep shade (like Dark Walnut)


+ Gorgeous brass ring pulls (these from Bellacor are my new favorites)


= this loveliness



image via Penny People Designs blog

Couldn't you just die? Such an easy and impressive project!

Plus, I spy a Crate and Barrel Colette bed, which can only ever add to the beauty of a room. And in case you're wondering, like I was, what the wall color is, it's Benjamin Moore's Classic Gray. Nice choice.

52 comments:

erika said...

to die for gorgeous. i would have guessed it was a very pricey piece... gorgeous!!!

Bartsgirl said...

OMG I cannot believe that was from Ikea! It is GORGEOUS!!! I think I need it in my bedroom...NOW!

laurelstreet said...

Bravo! Staining the natural wood surround in contrast to the creamy white drawer fronts was a smart choice - a very sophisticated look!

ann said...

Adore that headboard. Off to check out that website!

Michelle (Three Men and a Lady) said...

Isn't that so great?! I featured it on my blog as well a while back. I'm in love with the transformation!

pve design said...

pretty!
pve

Maria said...

wow, gorgeous. great hack, never would have known ikea!

Anonymous said...

I love this idea SO much!! I am totally going to attempt it this weekend!!!! And by "I" I mean "my husband"

Thank you !!!!!!!

L.Duncan@home23duncanboys said...

This is so funny! I'm doing a redesign for my master bedroom and this is what I planned to do as far as nightstands! Love this idea!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

This has always been one of my favorite DIY projects. Looks like something out of PIECES.

I've tried to talk many clients into doing this, but some how we always end up going a different way.

I'm dying to test it out!

My Vintage Modern Farmhouse... said...

Wow! What a difference, that looks beautiful. Makes me want to return mine from Pier 1 and do this instead. It would sure save me a lot of money. I just got an upholstered headboard from Target and it's gorgeous. Check theirs out.

LeAnn:)

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

That is simply incredible! The room is unbelievably gorgeous! I'm continually amazed with what people pull together. And, speaking of pulls...I need an excuse to use those from Bellacor!

sketch42 said...

Best thing I ever saw.

Jules (Miss K.) said...

I love it. I have two boys and my master bedroom already has nightstands, so I am sitting here trying to come up with a reason to hack these for my house. Maybe when the boys share a bedroom I can create a guest bedroom. Hmmmm.

I love your blog! :)

Kelly Galvin Robson said...

AWESOME hack! Really!!! I want to do this! It's gorgeous... and even better with that fabulous bed!

xx
Kelly

Smitten Design said...

that's insane. i love it

annabelle said...

Wow, you just totally knocked it out of the ballpark for me on this one! Have been looking for ideas for 1) bedside tables 2) new bed and 3) the perfect shade of grey.

Thanks Jenny!!

Anna/Quilted Giraffe said...

That looks very nice indeed. My only concern is that the dresser is very cheaply made, and doesn't have gliders on the drawers, making them sticky and VERY hard to open.

LeahBK said...

Amazing transformation! Love this!

Maggie Whitley {Gussy} said...

oh that's gorgeous! :)

charm home said...

How simply classic. Beautiful! -Cristi

Haven and Home said...

Amazing, simply amazing!

Lindsay said...

Thank you so much for posting my project! I'm truly honoured at it being on your blog, and I'm blushing at the super nice comments - thank you!

Anna - the drawers are indeed lacking pulls, however I find that it doesn't bother me as the drawers actually hold very light things for us, being bedside tables - like the book of the day that we're reading/magazines, remote controls, and then in the lower drawers, blankets or socks to store away.

I have found when books build up in the drawers it's a bit ackward when it is heavy, but it's not a detrement to us. :)

I hope this helps!

I HIGHLY recommend doing this project, you won't be dissapointed. :)

-Lindsay

Katie said...

WOW! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

rikshaw design said...

that is insanely beautiful!
thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

One of my fave ikea hacks!

House and Life said...

I could just die!!!!!

boops said...

love it love it love it!

my little apartment said...

oh, I LOVE this!! thanks for sharing...your blog is becoming one of my first daily reads!

The Goods Design said...

Um, genius?

Sarah (Matters of Style) said...

WOW that is unbelievable!!

Megan Lee said...

You're right, this is a-m-a-z-i-n-g! Now I just need to use this inspiration to get me moving on my airchair makeovers.

jodi said...

that is beyond gorgeous. wow!

theartfulabode said...

um wow. i'm seriously shocked with the final product. and i'm not a fan of brass pulls but i could get on board wit these!

Brand New and Beautiful said...

Very cool! Too bad my IKEA is 3 hours away :(

Meaghan said...

thank you for this!!! i had no idea that site was out there!

Rose Potter said...

Aw my gawd! The finished product is amazing!

Meg said...

This is just what I need in the boy's room. Thanks for the headsup on it! I feel a project coming on soon after the holidays!

~Meg

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Nice to see a fellow Canadian featured! I love that idea as well! I just wrote about Lindsay in my blog as well. I ordered a personalized print from her business-Penny People Designs. Just goes to show there is brilliant talent north of the border!

http://hodgepodge-babselou.blogspot.com/2009/11/check-this-out.html

Barbie said...

Your details are so appreciated!! love the idea. My mom had white oil- based paint on her trim and it yellowed. I hear oil-based is more durable...what say you? I'd also love to know the best way to custom upholster with nailheads. I feel like they would be hard to get in a perfectly straight line. Thank you for all your continued ideas and inspiration. You are so wonderful!!!

Catherine Hansen Peart said...

My jaw dropped when I saw the 'reveal' photo. I LOVE this. How do you think it would look with silver ring knobs? I am not really a big fan of gold (although it looks gorgeous here). Well, for that price, I can just try it can't I?? Wow.

Katie said...

this is awesome! And has quickly gone on my husband's honey-do list : ) Thanks for introducing me to this great project, and their great blog!

sania said...

Yes, yes, yes. I am totally trying this!

Hmm, I'm dreaming of drawer knobs now. Anthropologie always have some adorable ones on sale...

chelsea said...

Wow! So pretty!!

Sarah said...

Jenny I thought you were good..but this! This is really impressive. Sometimes I lose patience with IKEA Hacker but it is a great site. And you're still one of my favorite furniture refinishers on the web.

Anna See said...

Shut. Up. I truly can't believe this one!It is gorgeous.

Navy Bean said...

I. Love. Seriously cannot get over the beauty and simplicity of this!

Patricia Ann said...

Damn, it's a thing of beauty! Unfortunately, that little knob that's not "down" is bugging the heck out of me. :P

Patricia Ann
www.theshapesofthings.com

no culture said...

Love it! So flossy!

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laura said...

Could you silver leaf this? If so please send instructions!

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