Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Ikea Hack - DIY Bar Cart

When I moved into my apartment, one of the pieces of furniture I really wanted was a bar cart for my glasses, wines and spirits.

Bar carts can run up a pretty hefty price tag so I put that particular "want to have" on the back burner so I could buy the things I really needed, but as the number of bar items in my apartment grew I knew it was time to find a proper home for them.

After a bit of researching and time spent on Pinterest, I decided that I could easily DIY a great bar cart for myself that I know I will be happy with for a long time!

Here's how I did it:

1) Purchasing the cart. 

For the actual structure of the cart, I went to Ikea and picked up the Bygel Utility Cart. This cart is well designed, cheap, has a drawer for storage and doesn't take up too much space.

Building the cart is very easy, I opted to use all 3 shelves, but you could skip the middle shelf to leave more room at the bottom if you wanted.

2) Spray Painting the Cart

This was actually the toughest part of my DIY project. I don't have a backyard, and I knew that once painted the cart would need to sit outside for hours to dry.

I waited for a warm and dry weekend then brought the cart over to the house Kris is renovating and used his backyard to spray paint.

I chose a black, hammered looking spray paint. I toyed with the idea of a bright colour, but in the end went with the more versatile colour. Of course, I can always repaint it down the road if I want something more vibrant!

I gave two full coats of paint to the sides of the frame, sides and bottoms of shelves, but skipped the tops as I knew I was going to cover them in step 3.

3) Peel and Stick Tiles!

There are plenty of ways you could go about decorating the tops of your bar cart. You could paint a fun colour, cover with fabric and fasten underneath, or even use an epoxy to fix slabs of wood or real tile to the tops.

I decided to go with the easier approach of a peel and stick faux-tile. This has some benefits like being easy to measure to the right side, as well as simple to clean up. 

Also, if I feel like changing the look down the road, peel and stick is easy to remove. 

Using whole tile-pages where possible and cutting as needed to bring the tile to the edge of the cart, or around corners, I covered all 3 shelves using about 12 14x14 tile sheets. Then it was time to decorate!

4) Decoration

Like I said, I have plenty of bar related items in my apartment. Small champagne glasses, stemless wine glasses, a number of openers, decanters, decorations... I used all of these to make my bar cart look inviting.

I also added fresh flowers for good measure.

I'm so pleased with the outcome of this project. It was so rewarding to plan, execute and enjoy! plus it really jazzes up the corner of my dining room.

All for a fraction of the cost of buying a formal bar cart!

Do you have any DIY projects on the go? Would you want to build a bar cart? If so, how would you decorate it!? Let me know in the comments below.