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
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:
… and here is what it looks like now!
Best part is that this transformation was completed in ONE weekend! Here’s how!
What I Used:
(1) IKEA Rast Nightstand
(1) 36” Laminated Pine Board
(2) 2 x 2 x 8’ Common Board
½” Thick Trim Boards
1 ¼” Pocket Hole Screws
2 ½” Pocket Hole Screws
Wood Finish (I Used Golden Oak Stain)
1. First, I removed the drawers and hardware from my pre-existing dresser and patched any holes using wood filler.
2. Next, I trimmed the bottom of the cabinet off using my circular saw.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
8. I then sanded and stained the entire cabinet in a golden oak color.
9. Last step was to add the drawer hardware and re-assemble!
Not bad for a cabinet glow up, am I right?
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