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DIY Ikea Hack: Easy Woven Cane Nightstand

ikea hack woven cane drawer

Creating custom furniture doesn’t have to be complicated! I purchased a $40 chest of drawers from Ikea and turned it into a woven cane nightstand! Even better, this DIY Ikea Hack only took me one weekend to complete! Here’s how!

DIY Ikea Hack: Woven Cane Nightstand

This project is sponsored by Arrow Fasteners. For my full sponsorship and disclosure policy, click here.

We really needed a nightstand, but I don’t have time to build one from scratch right now. So, I turned a $40 RAST Dresser from Ikea into the caned webbing nightstand of my (literal & figurative) dreams.

Here’s what it looked like before:

$40 IKEA Rast Hack

… and here is what it looks like now!

ikea hack woven cane drawer

Best part is that this transformation was completed in ONE weekend! Here’s how!

What I Used:

arrow stapler ikea hack

Tools
Arrow Fastener E21 Cordless Electric Staple Gun
Miter Saw
Circular Saw
Drill/Driver
Pocket Hole Jig
Sander/Sandpaper
Scissors
Wood Clamps
Safety Goggles
Pencil
Tape Measure
Carpenter’s Square

Materials
(1) IKEA Rast Nightstand
(1) 36” Laminated Pine Board
(2) 2 x 2 x 8’ Common Board
½” Thick Trim Boards
Cane Webbing
Drawer Pulls
3/8″ Staples
1 ¼” Pocket Hole Screws
2 ½” Pocket Hole Screws
Wood Glue
Wood Filler
Wood Finish (I Used Golden Oak Stain)

The Steps:

1. First, I removed the drawers and hardware from my pre-existing dresser and patched any holes using wood filler. 

wood filler ikea furniture

2. Next, I trimmed the bottom of the cabinet off using my circular saw.

ikea hack cut dresser

3. I then cut and added a bottom panel and a top shelf panel and attached them to the cabinet using pocket hole screws and wood glue.

attaching shelves to nightstand pocket hole screws

4. Once the cabinet was sturdy again, I switched my attention to the drawers. I removed all of the original hardware and patched the holes using wood putty. Once that dried, I then sanded everything flat.

changing ikea hardware

5. Next, I added a layer of cane webbing to the drawer fronts and attached them using my Arrow Fastener E21 Cordless Electric Staple Gun and 3/8″ staples. Using a cordless staple gun made making this cushion an absolute breeze. I was able to attach all of the webbing in one charge, and save my hands from a lot of agony!

arrow cordless stapler can webbing

6. Once the webbing was stapled to the drawer, I cleaned up the edges by gluing and clamping trim pieces to the drawer (P.S. I made sure to stain these pieces before adding them).

gluing trim to drawers

7. As the trim dried, I created a base for the nightstand by cutting 2 x 2 boards into leg and frame pieces. I then attached them to the base of the cabinet using wood glue and screws.

how to make a cabinet base

8. I then sanded and stained the entire cabinet in a golden oak color.

staining ikea furniture

9. Last step was to add the drawer hardware and re-assemble!

ikea hardware replacement diy

Not bad for a cabinet glow up, am I right?

can webbing night stand

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Sam Raimondi

Sam is a full time psychologist and part time content creator from Long Island, New York.

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3 COMMENTS

  • Elyana Clarke

    Thank you for sharing your blog, seems to be useful information can’t wait to dig deep!

  • Cynthia Scott

    You’ve done a great job! The woven cane nightstand you made looks more bautiful than the original one.

  • Cynthia Scott

    I like this so much! It is a creative idea!

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