Wednesday, February 2, 2011

This plus That

What happens when you combine these awesome napkins with this dresser?

Napkins from Effortless Style, Ikea RAST dresser


Once I assembled the RAST dresser, I primed and painted it white. Remember my bottomless $5 gallon of paint? Well, it strikes again! 

I'll be honest, figuring out how to best get the greek key pattern onto the dresser was not easy. I first tried with tape and a ruler, and I just couldn't get it right. I started with taping the edges, and then the corners. Fail. No good. And add to that, the original paint color I picked was NOT what I was thinking. Paint has a nasty habit of not looking the same in real life as it does on the paint chip.

So more primer/white paint, and back to the drawing board. In the end, my trusty old graph paper came to the rescue. I created a template with the graph paper, cut it out, and then traced it lightly onto the drawers. THEN I used the tape to make it easier to paint.

The Stencil in action

Added some paint
 The last thing I needed to complete my dresser was some knobs. I found these sparkly knobs at Walmart, of all places. They were about $7 for two, which is the lowest price I saw of the stores I went to. And check this out: they're Allison knobs. Could that not be a sign that these are the knobs I should use??

The paint I used was this Valspar paint, called "La Fonda Turquoise". The sample size that I got is far more than enough, I will be able to use it for other projects.

Heres a comparison with the original color I picked- a color called Turquoise Bay by Ace.

And the nearly-final product (just missing some knobs):

Finally, I put it in place next to my bed. I am really happy with the way it looks in my room, and how it makes my room feel much bigger. My previous nightstand extended out too far along the side of my bed, and took up a lot of space. In retrospect, that table was definitely supposed to be a side table for a sofa, not a nightstand. Oh well.


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  1. This looks really cool. Oh, and eBay is a great place to look for knobs, that's where I ended up when I needed 17 knobs after repainting my bedroom furniture.

  2. WOW! That is awesome! Love the design you put on it..your headboard is perfect with this table!

  3. in LOVE with this! you did an aesome job- i adore the design you gave it. it is one of a kind awesomeness!

  4. what an awesome transformation.
    Don't forget to link it in our linking party this week.


  5. Saw your nightstand over at Effortless Style Blog and loved it! Very Classy! I used the same nightstand for a hack of my own:

  6. that's awesome! and so creative! and clearly it meets your cat's approval, too.

  7. Love your hack! Came via Effortless Style blog, here is my hack!

    Would love to use your hack when I do a Rast hack round-up post {I have a very good blogging friend who also made one - amazing-but am waiting for her to post!}

    Looks great!

  8. Thanks for the comments, Ladies! I'm glad you like it as much as I do!

  9. LOVE LOVE this project! Seriously amazing! I may just have to try it... :)

  10. Cute post, but you definitely need to drop that mirror down 4" to 6" above table top.

  11. Oh my gosh, I love this! Paint is a powerful thing. Also, love those pillows!

  12. This turned out so awesome! I'm loving it!

  13. Fabulous fabulous job!!!! So glad I found your blog!!! Yippeeeee!!

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  15. What an amazing before and after. I was simply blog hopping today and came across this and I am so glad I did.

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  16. you did an awesome job! come on over and link up to MMM!

  17. That looks so great.I love it!

  18. oh my, I love this! I might try it myself. I am in desperate need of new nightstands.

  19. I just added this to my board

  20. Where did you get that mirror from?

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