I love it even more when the opportunity to do try something new coincides perfectly with a project that I
Let me introduce you to this wonderful little industrial-inspired nightstand that I made for my youngest son's first college apartment using an IKEA Rast dresser and supplies from Menards, Pittsburgh Paints and Hickory Hardware.
A few weeks ago, I got an email asking if I wanted to join eight other bloggers for a "challenge." I thought to myself, "Are you kidding?! I LOVE a good challenge....after all, I'm the girl who's trying to make a farmhouse out of a 1950's ranch house"...but I digress.
My youngest son is moving into his first college apartment this month and I have been desperately trying to figure out a sturdy, masculine, nightstand for him to use. Since this is going into a college apartment, I didn't want to spend a fortune for it but I also wanted it to be something that fit his style and would hold up to the
Menards teamed up with Hickory Hardware and Pittsburgh Paints to challenge nine bloggers (including me) to "hack" an IKEA Rast dresser. Needless to say, I'm "in"!
As soon as I saw the dimensions of the Rast cabinet, I knew what I was going to do. I made a trip to my local Menards to purchase supplies using the gift cards that were provided to me for this challenge.
I purchased (6) 8' pieces of flat screen molding, (1) 2 x 4, (2) pieces of 16" end glued poplar, (4) metal casters and (4) packages of decorative nail heads. I also purchased the Pittsburgh Paints Trim Door & Furniture Paint and Hickory Hardware cup pulls and knobs.
Before I tell you how I created the nightstand, let me just tell you that if you haven't been to Menards, you're missing out. I had been to a Menards once, a couple of years ago, with my sister. I didn't even realize that there was a Menards near me until this challenge.
My first solo trip to Menards was 6:30 on a Tuesday morning and even though it was early and the coffee hadn't kicked in, I knew as soon as I walked through the doors that I had died and gone to DIY heaven.
Okay, that's probably an exaggeration but they really do have everything for home DIY'ers; paint, hardware, lumber, tile, lighting, kitchen cabinets...the list goes on and on. In the spirit of full disclosure, I went back four times for this project.... not because I needed to but because I wanted to see what else they had!
Now let's talk about the paint that I used on this project. It's a brand new line of trim, door and furniture paint recently introduced by Pittsburgh paints. I chose charcoal gray for this piece. The guys in the Menards paint department explained that the paint that it is oil based and that since I was using it on new wood, I would need to use an oil based primer first. TIP: have primer tinted to match your paint to make coverage easier.
While the paint was drying, I cut the poplar top leaving a 1 1/2 inch overhang in the front and on the sides. I stained the top and the strips of screen molding and spray painted the casters gold. I used wood glue and finishing nails to attach the top. Then, I cut strips of screen mold for the corners and the tops of the drawers as well as an extra piece to make the top drawer look like two small drawers.
When it came time to choose the hardware for this piece, I had a hard time making up my mind. If you follow Serendipity Refined on Instagram or Facebook, you know that I was amazed at the selection of Hickory Hardware that I had to choose from.
So much so, in fact, that I actually went back twice before deciding on the bronze gold cup pulls and knobs that I finally used on this project. TIP: When drilling doors or drawers for hardware, make a template out of a piece of paper or an index card to ensure that the spacing is consistent.
So, while I'd love to win this challenge and while I hope that you love my project the most, what I'm asking is that you VOTE for whichever project you feel is the best. That's it...JUST VOTE.
Thanks for reading!