Ikea Bar Cart Hack | The Curly Diaries

Ikea Bar Cart Hack

February 3, 2015

Ikea Bar Cart HackI am such a sucker for Ikea, and a good DIY project.  If you follow me on Instagram then you know I’m always sprucing up my apartment through little upgrades and easy projects.  My entire apartment is decked out in Ikea items or Craigslist finds that I’ve performed some DIY magic on {this chair is my favorite project}.  So naturally, a crafty project with Ikea is like the ultimate.


I’ve been dying for a bar cart, but all the ones that I find are crazy expensive.  I mean, $300 for something that’s going to basically hold my half-drank alcohol bottles? Umm… PASS! I wanted something cute, versatile that wouldn’t break the bank.  Enter the Ikea utility cart, a little spray paint and some fabulous accessories – the whole project cost me around $35 and is the perfect addition to any home decor! Ikea-Bar-Cart-Hack-2Ikea-Bar-Cart-Hack-3 I used the Bygel utility cart from Ikea – this bad boy is only $30! I assembled all of the metal parts of the cart together, and simply left the white pieces inside.  Obviously do your spray painting in a well ventilated area {I did mine outside}, and used the Design Master 24KT Pure Gold spray paint to get the perfect gold color.  It seriously is the best to make it look like a true gold finish.  I did about 2 coats, and let it dry before finishing it with the Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating to seal the gold paint. Finish the project by assembling the gold frame with the white pieces, and accessorize to your hearts desire!  I added some bright pink flowers, pixy straws {my fave!}, champagne glasses, a cute print and a gold tray to store napkins, paper plates, etc.  Obviously, I finished it off with a bottle of my fave pinot and any liquor bottles I had lying around.  Now pour yourself a drink, and enjoy your fabulous bar cart!

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  • LaPetiteFashionista

    it looks amazing!

    • Thanks!! I’ve had so much fun trying to style it, plus it’s a great excuse to mix up some drinks during girls night! :)

  • Sophia Fulton

    That’s awesome! I love Ikea stuff, but sometimes it looks so… cheap. You made it look fantastic!!

    • Agreed – Ikea can be so tricky! With a little spray paint this one totally looks like something from a home decor store, and it’s so easy! :D

  • Devon

    Oh my gosh! I love this. I swear I’ve looked at this cart in Ikea a million times and could never think of a way to actually make it look nice. You totally nailed it! I think I will be picking one up this weekend : )

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  • huitre

    This is beautiful! Do you think I can also spraypaint the plastic parts and if so – what kind of paint should I use?

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  • I’ve been on the search for a bar cart for my daughter’s and her boyfriend’s apartment in their budget. I love this, I just emailed her this post link. I painted refrigerator letter magnets today in gold paint on my blog today. Love gold paint!

  • Oh my gosh!! This is amazing!! I love this!!

  • Whitney Meyer

    I’m currently trying to recreate this look! I love the idea!! Unfortunately the Ikea BYGEL style is out and now the SUNNERSTA is in. I like the cart fine for the project, but I’m unsure what to do with the wheels. I wanted to do the frame in all gold, like you, but I’m coloring the trays as well. Suggestions for the wheels? I think the white would stand out, butI’m afraid gold might be odd… I’m also scared to spray paint wheels! haha THANKS so much in advance!!!