Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sunday in Suburbia: Nailhead & Marble Ikea Rast Hack


I finally hunted down more trim at a different JoAnn's location which had plenty to spare.  At this point I would have been better off just purchasing from Overstock, but oh well.  At least they are completed!  And they are fabulous! {Well, I think they are pretty fabulous.}

Nailhead & Marble Ikea Rast Hack


Required Items:
Nailhead Trim {design shown is about 7 yards per dresser}
primer, paint, 4" paint roller, fine grit sandpaper, tack cloth, mallet, pliers 
Optional: clear silicone or liquid nails

Step 1: Assemble the unit per the manufacturer's instructions.  It may be easier to paint before assembling, but it would stink to paint and then have issues assembling :) You can leave off the drawer pulls though.

Step 2: one coat of primer {I recommend Kilz for light colors or Glidden Gripper Grey for dark colors}.

Step 3&4: After allowing the recommended drying time for the primer, apply one coat of paint using a 4" smooth roller for furniture or cabinet painting.  I used a semigloss finish for my paint.  After it dries, lightly sand using a fine grit sandpaper.  Use tack cloth to remove grit, and then apply your second coat of paint.  Again, once it dries do one more round of light sanding, wipe down with tack cloth, and then a final coat of paint.  {Tack cloth is much more effective than just a wet rag and a pack of three is less than $3.}

Step 5: Use a mallet to hammer in the trim in your preferred pattern.  This diamond shape is super easy to create.  Start in the outside corner and go into where the pull will be.  Leave a little room for the base of the pull {will vary depending on the pull style you use.}  Do this for each of the four corners.  Find the midpoint between the knobs and then mark at the top and bottom of each drawer.  The center diamond of trim will go from the knob to each of these marks.  In some areas of the wood it will be incredibly easy to just push the nail in with your fingers.  There will be some areas of the wood grain that are a pain to push the nail through.  You may want to purchase a separate package of just the decorative nails to make up for the few that become too bent and rendered useless.  You can use pliers to pull out the stubborn ones that decide to go in crooked.  {Blame the nail, not yourself! That's what I do at least.}

Step 6: Attach your drawer pulls.

Step 7: Lay your piece of tile.  I have left mine loose since I change my mind on a regular basis.  =) However, you can easily apply clear silicone on the nightstand top to adhere the tile in a more permanent fashion.
Detail of Marble Top
I would love a little aubergine accessory for my nightstand, but nothing I have seen has really inspired me.  For now I like my light and bright simple styling.  The pillar candle is actually the unity candle from our wedding, and the feathery bejeweled item is my hair clip also from our wedding, so at least there is some meaning and purpose.  I'm planning a trip to the Scott Antiques market soon, so maybe I'll uncover the perfect accent item!

28 comments:

  1. I LOVE THIS!!! pinned....thanks so much for sharing! I have an ugly rast unit and I needed some inspiration, thanks again.

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    1. Glad to provide inspiration! Best of luck when you upgrade your Rast :)

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  2. Hi, I just linked to your blog from DIY Project Parade, after seeing your amazing chevron console table. I'm so glad I did...I absolutely love this nightstand...it's the best Rast hack I've seen. I look forward to seeing more of your creative ideas and browsing the rest of yours posts.

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words! The marble top makes the piece.

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  3. LOVE IT, RENEE!!!! You are so talented :)

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  4. Gorgeous! You did a great job! I'd like to invite you to share it at my party, Twirl & Take a Bow, at www.houseontheway.com. I hope you can stop by!
    Leslie

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Leslie, and thank you for the invite.

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  5. What a creative eye you have - the trim, the tacks, the pulls - all make this piece very elegant.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

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  6. So glad I stopped in to see this adorable update. It looks like a million bucks.

    I'll be following to see more of your great designs.

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    1. Thanks so much, Mel. It certainly looks better than the $35 starting point!

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  7. Wow! Unbelievable transformation and beautiful job, Renee!

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    1. Thank you, Roeshel! I'm looking forward to the apartment reveal over at DIY Show Off.

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  8. I love this Ikea Hack!! Great job! I love the marble top ;) xo Kristin

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  9. AWESOME transformation! Saw this featured at Its Overflowing and I had to come by and get more details! Beautiful job!

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  10. Holla fabulous! Just saw this pop up on Apartment Therapy, loving the glam look, bravo!
    xo
    Kate

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    1. Thanks Kate! Clearly, I need to channel this creativity more often!

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  11. This is gorgeous! I was googling Ikea Hack as I just finished one and found yours - love it!

    Julie

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  12. This beautiful! I agree that the marble top really makes it special. Can you offer any more specifics around ordering the marble top? I went to the website and got a bit mixed up. You said you used a 12 x 24 inch piece, but I'm not sure how that translates into the 'boxes' that the website sells? Did you take the piece somewhere to get cut? Is 1 box a 12 x 24 inch piece? If I plan to make 2 dressers, should I purchase 2 boxes? Thanks so much!

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    1. I'm not sure if individual pieces are available online; however, at the store you can purchase single pieces. This is what I would recommend as a lot of the white carrara available right now is rather bland. I searched through about 20 pieces to find ones with enough movement like these. You could try a local tile store or home improvement store as well since 12x24 is a semi-standard size.

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  13. You decorating sense is just gorgeous! This looks like a $500 dresser. Simple but glamorous! Can you please share the color of paint you used for this project. You noted this choice Step 2: one coat of primer {I recommend Kilz for light colors or Glidden Gripper Grey for dark colors}. Is this the paint you used on the dresser?

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    1. Thank you! The Kilz was just the primer which I recommend given the "cheap" wood that Ikea uses on this piece. The color is just a basic bright white semi-gloss like what is often used for trim and doors. Sherwin Williams Extra White SW7006.

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  14. This dresser is stunning! Could you explain where you get the 7 yards of nailhead trim? Thank you so much for your time and talent!

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  15. I bought the trim at JoAnn's, but I've also seen it through Amazon. http://www.joann.com/nailhead-trim-nickle-5-yds/10702124.html#q=nailhead+&start=5

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