Ikea Hack: Selje Nightstand

Ikea Hack: Selje Nightstand

On Saturday morning, hubby & I woke up slowly. We made jokes about how demanding the sun seems on the weekends, and I drank my coffee out of my favorite mug. I mentioned how I was craving ahi nachos from this little place in Old Sacramento & J suggested we go there for lunch. Normally, I wouldn't be down to drive 2.5 hours just for lunch, but this was the first Saturday in quite a  while that we had absolutely no plans, no obligations, and nothing whatsoever to do. So, we decided to make a day of it. Lunch at Rio, macarons at Ginger Elizabeth, and then shopping at Ikea. Not that we needed anything from Ikea, but we do have a slightly unhealthy obsession with the giant warehouse store, so off we went. 

Much to my dismay, the restaurant claimed to only have the ahi nachos (or ahchos as I had dubbed them on the car ride there) during the summer. It was definitely not a wasted trip though once we got to Ikea. We have been talking about replacing our current nightstands for a while, and when we saw these white Selje nightstands , I had a brilliant idea that only involved a can of spray paint and a roll of washi tape. 

The next day, back at home, I asked J to assemble the two Seljes & fully expected it to take a few hours and involve a whole lot of cussing. Ikea furniture is many things, but user-friendly is not one of them. Imagine my surprise when he had both of them assembled in a half hour with not a single F-bomb dropped. I was also surprised when I realized that they are a tin-like metal material, not wood as I had previously thought. No problem at all, just a surprise. 

I took both drawers off and spray painted their faces gold. Now, because they are that metal material, I realized that the surface needs to be wiped down really well before spray painting, or else the oils from your fingerprints will actually show through the paint. once they were dry, I applied Washi tape to the sides of the drawer, for a little pop of color every time the drawers open. 

I think the white and gold contrasts beautifully against the navy blue accent wall in our bedroom and the new lamps I recently purchased from Target, really helped to round out the metallic meets nautical cozy aesthetic we have going on. 

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