How To Dress Up A Plain Ikea Dresser Into An Apothecary Nightstand

I love a good furniture makeover and this one happens to be very popular. However, finding something unique and affordable was becoming very difficult to fit in the budget, especially since we had to buy 2. After searching for some inspiration on Pinterest, I found  several different ideas to try. I also didn’t want to spend a lot of money so this was the perfect project. I recently did a dresser makeover I love and you can read about it here How To Update A Dresser With Grasscloth. Keep scrolling to see how to create a DIY apothecary cabinet from something you already have.



This project only requires a few things and does involve some assembly

Supplies:(for making one)

  • Rast dresser from Ikea
  • 1 2 x 12 pine board cut to size of dresser top
  • 4 caster wheels
  • drawer pull hardware of your choice
  • stain color of your choice( I used dark walnut with a white wash)

Step 1


Assemble the dresser. It really is a simple project just a little time consuming.


Step 2

Measure 2 equal lines creating 3 sections that will look like individual drawers. We used a circular saw set up to only cut a 1/4″ cut in the drawer.



Step 3(optional)

If you want the top to look more substantial, you can add the 2 “x 12” board cut to fit the size of the top and attach with wood screws in the 4 corners.



Step 4

Next, I added the stain. Once the stain was dry, I used some watered down white paint and lightly brushed  it on creating a weathered look. 



Step 5


Once everything is dry, with black paint or the tip of a black sharpie, fill in the cuts you made to create more depth of ht



Step 6

Then once everything is dry you can add your hard ware. I have linked the ones I used at the end of the post.




Super simple and so different. I love how unique and inexpensive it was. I also recently did an update on this plain desk area and turned it into an on trend bar. here are the details How To Transform A Boring Built In Desk Into A Beautiful, Trendy Bar

So do you think you might want to try a furniture update now ? Let me know if you have any questions. Be sure to subscribe to my weekly newsletter to stay in the know on the latest updates.





Happy Decorating





March 2, 2021

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