before & after: striped coffee table + drawer console

After being discovered in a garbage heap, this table received an exciting new look in the capable hands of Nicolaich, a designer based in Athens, Greece. The lovely striped pattern inspires me to be more adventurous when painting old furniture. The mix of solid stripes and natural wood; the vintage-inspired color palette; the white-dipped feet — it all comes together so beautifully. Great work, Nicolaich! — Kate

Time: 8 hours

Cost: $40

Basic Steps: This coffee table was made two years before — I already had the idea in mind by the time I saw it laying next to garbage. I used sand paper, primer paint (only the front side, not the stripes), masking tape for the stripes, Ripolin paint and non-colour varnish. I didn’t want to cover all the old wood, which is why I decided to go with stripes —  something like “half old-half new.” — Nicolaich

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CLICK HERE to see how Nadia transformed a pair of these Ikea drawers after the jump!

I’ve seen a fair share of great Ikea makeovers over the years, but many of them, while lovely, don’t quite manage to escape the modular look. Not so with this project by Nadia. Nadia painted a pair of Ikea Rast dressers and added a few extra shelves and a long salvaged-wood top to create a functional and beautiful storage console. I think she’s chosen a marvelous color here; it combines nicely with the dark, rough wood to make the piece feel rustic and unique. Wonderful work, Nadia!

Time: One day

Cost: $85 (including two Rast dressers)

Basic Steps:

1. Put the dressers together (we also reinforced the drawers with glue).

2. Measured the distance we wanted the shelves to span and had all the wood cut at Home Depot.

3. Attached small metal shelf brackets to place the wood shelves on.

4. Drilled in the first top piece of wood that spans both dressers.

5. Filled the original pre-drilled drawer knob holes with wood filler.

6. Painted the dressers, shelves and top piece of wood with hi-gloss paint (two coats).

7. Stained the two top planks of wood (this was just one long piece we had cut in half length-wise at Home Depot).

8. Drilled the two top planks into the first top piece.

9. Attached new drawer handles.

Tip: Definitely go with a hi-gloss paint; it creates a more finished appearance. The stained wood surface will also wear better than a surface painted a solid color. — Nadia

  1. jenn says:

    ahhh, love both of these! i love seeing what people create using ikea goodies as their jumping off point. so very inspiring :)

  2. Dominique says:

    This makeover with the Rast bureaus is amazing! Its exacly what I want in my place :D

  3. I’m always inspired by Ikea makeovers. I had to scroll over the second one multiple times…thinking there was no way it could be the same piece!

  4. Heather MK says:

    Lovely work, Nadia. This is a spectacular example of how to get creative with IKEA items. :) I love the paint color and the wooden surface too.

  5. Ashley says:

    That coffee table is so funky, and yet so simple. It completely changed the whole look.

  6. alice says:

    i love seeing variations of rast makeovers – this one looks amazing and very un-ikea!

  7. Ryan Green says:

    Awesome, thanks for sharing!!
    I have two of these Ikea drawer units in my office – unstained and under utilized b/c I can’t figure out how to hack them. This is an awesome idea! I even have gorgeous wood planks from when my house was built in 1900 to use for the tabletop.

  8. Anna @ D16 says:

    Fabulous work on both of these projects! Those stripes on the side table are excellent, and I love the white-capped feet.

    I do have a question for Nadia, though, since I’m in the midst of doing something similar in my apartment with some kitchen cabinets: In the intro, it says that you used a piece of salvaged wood to create the top of your console. In the step-by-step, though, you say that you had Home Depot cut the piece of wood in half for you. Does that mean that Home Depot was willing to cut a piece of salvaged wood that you brought in from somewhere else? Or is there a magical Home Depot out there selling salvaged wood?

  9. Julie says:

    LOVE the ikea makeover- great idea!

  10. I love the retro color palettes for both the redesigns. Way to think outside “the box” with the dresser to credenza transformation!

  11. Eric Teng says:

    A girl after my own heart…As a fellow Rast Drawer Hacker, I love, love, love this makeover. Rustic, chic and even more functional than the original. Beautiful job, guys!

  12. Nadia says:

    Hi Anna-Sadly I don’t think Home Depot will cut wood you bring in-maybe if you ask really really nicely! The piece of wood we used was actually new and we stained it to achieve a slightly more rustic, weathered effect. Thanks!

  13. marrr says:

    am i the only one, who likes the coffee table “before” better then the after? i liked the patina much more than i like the new colors and i also think the blueish color doesn’t match with the white striped body and the black front.

  14. Laura H says:

    GASP! Major swoon over the coffee table revamp. Lovely work!! At first I thought the black patch on the drawer was chalkboard paint, and then started fantasizing about an entire chalk board covered table…

  15. I would never guess Rasts became that storage piece!

  16. Michalis says:

    In my opinion the work for the striped coffee table has nothing to envy from a work of art. It’s able to give now a very strong character in a space! Congratulations!

  17. cassie says:

    At first I though “oh no, not another RAST makeover” but this one is actually really neat!

  18. carmine says:

    Nadia, I really like how you had the stained plank cut in half length-wise. That idea would never have occurred to me, but I like how it gives the top surface even more visual intrigue. Your whole project is filled with little details that make the drawers & shelves look as though they were always together as one unit. I love long, low surfaces for books and other items, and you’ve made a dream piece!

  19. i love the 2nd one!
    very clever idea!
    bonne journée!

  20. Joe says:

    Kudos to Nadia. At first, I didn’t see the RAST dressers in the finished project. I had to look twice to realize the amazing transformation.

  21. Pip says:

    Awesome! Creatively inspiring!
    I love stuff like this. D*S is the best!
    I came across this of another ikea hack – hopefully this link will work, but I thought it was an interesting redo.

  22. Kara says:

    Nadia, what do you mean when you say you reinforced the drawers with glue?

  23. Evita says:

    @Kara – she may do the same thing we do with any IKEA piece we’ve purchased, which is to reinforce each joint/seam/attachment point with wood glue. It holds together amazingly well with that addition. The only downside is that once it’s in place it isn’t coming apart. We’ve had to move our queen size MALM bed fully intact 3 times now. We found out after this last move that one of the main bolts had been missing for two years and the bed had only develop a minor squeek.

  24. Kita says:

    I love the great refurbishing ideas! I am a huge fan of refurbishing. I just did a blog post on this very topic today!

    BTW, I’m a huge fan of this blog :-)


  25. Erica says:

    We’ve been looking for a good/affordable dresser idea for our bedroom and this Ikea makeover is perfect. Can’t wait to try it out.

  26. Amy says:

    I love the rast dresser makeover! Could you please let us know the color of stain and paint that were used in the project? Something like this would look great behind a couch, but I wonder if it would be tall enough to be used that way.

  27. Nadia says:

    @Amy-I used Minwax Jacobean stain and Martha Stewarts Brook Trout in Hi-gloss. Love the idea of creating a long sideboard that sits behind the couch!

  28. Yvette says:

    I LOVE this project. Thanks Nadia for the how-to. I made my own over the weekend!

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