Up the Style with Overlays
When the design team at House of Jade Interiors needed to come through with big style on a budget, they turned to the IKEA Rast chest. After a coat of blue paint, they also added gold-sprayed O'verlays -- a product designed to add detail to furniture. See more details and the full bedroom design here.
Image source: House of Jade Interiors
Photographer: Jylare Smith Photography
Turn an End Table into a Nightstand
No nightstand? You might already have what you need. Sarah converted a vintage trunk (that she was using as an end table) into a nightstand by adding a metal base. She used aluminum strips and rivets and sprayed them gold to match. An easy update for under $20! Find full instructions here.
Image source: Sarah M. Dorsey Designs
Try an Ostrich + Emerald Green Makeover
The $35 price tag on IKEA's Rast chest makes it a popular option for a makeover, and Naomi's hack is a stunner. She used ostrich-print white vinyl to cover the drawer fronts and added trim, bold emerald paint, and new hardware. With just a few updates, it's barely recognizable. Find full details here.
Image source: Design Manifest
Use Putty and Paint for a Nightstand Facelift
This update is a prime example of why you shouldn't overlook outdated furniture--if the size and price are right. Jennifer took a pair of older maple chests and completely changed the look by filling in the sectioned drawer fronts with an all-purpose putty product. She also added new hardware and fresh white paint for a new, clean look. She shares her step-by-step directions here.
Image source: Dimples & Tangles
Add a Touch of Gold
This was one of the easiest updates that made the biggest impact when I was refreshing our master bedroom. I spotted a much pricier version of a white and gold nightstand with the same clean lines as our $99 IKEA Koppang chests. I decided to attempt a knockoff version by using some painters tape and gold leaf Rub 'n Buff. I also changed out the hardware for slightly bigger knobs that I painted gold. See my full tutorial here.
Image source: Emily A. Clark
Photographer: Caroline Lima