Before & After: A Different Ikea RAST Makeover

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We've seen many an Ikea RAST makeover on Apartment Therapy, but mine involves the cheaper, shorter version with no drawers. The company considers it a nightstand, and I have two that have served that function in two apartments. Recently, I bought new nightstands and found myself needing something taller for a different spot. I decided to re-purpose those makeover-able RASTs.

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The before shot, from when I decided to paint the RASTs blue last year, shows the original pine. Ready for change, I started by stacking the two nightstands and joining them with metal braces (inside the shelf with my slippers). My mom, a more patient spray painter than I am, painted them white. To make the new, taller RAST look more unified, I added some decorative paper (protected by contact paper) to the sides. With baskets from the Container Store, this new piece of furniture holds my bath robe, slippers, and bedroom odds and ends.

Images: Kim Rinehimer