/ Source: The Associated Press
Canadian do-it-yourselfer Britt McMaster saw a dainty nightstand that she liked at the home decor and clothing store Anthropologie. But she didn't love its tan color or $700 price tag.
Here's how she turned a $14.99 Ikea chest of drawers into the bedside table of her dreams:
- 1 "Fira" mini chest with 3 drawers, $14.99 from Ikea
- four 12-inch wooden legs from a hardware store
- four metal top plates from hardware store, to attach legs to chest
- one piece of wood cut to the dimensions of the bottom of the chest, about 14-by-10 1/4 inches
- pieces of decorative trim, assorted styles
- paint and primer
- three knobs
- wood glue
- paint brushes
- small nails and a hammer
- a hacksaw
- clamps or large binder clips
- Attach the wood piece to the bottom of the chest using wood glue and small nails along the edge. Screw the metal plates into the wood at each corner of the chest.
- Attach wooden legs to bottom of the chest.
- Using the hacksaw, cut the decorative trim pieces into strips that are the width of the chest. These pieces will cover the front of the chest, so align them on top of each other in a preferred order.
- Glue the trim pieces to the drawers, making sure to leave a small space so you can attach the knobs later. Layer the trim so that a wider piece is at the top of each drawer.
- Hold down trims with either the clamps or binder clips.
- Sand all raw edges.
- Cover the exterior of the piece with primer and paint. Do not paint the inside of the drawers.
- Attach the knobs, screwing them into the small spaces left between trims on each drawer.