Nothing stirs the DIY spirit like a good IKEA hack! This might sound crazy to some people but I crave DIY projects and how it get's my creative juices flowing.
We recently turned my husbands old bachelor pad into our newlywed home together - it's amazing what a girl's touch can do to a guy's apartment! San Francisco apartments are full of old school charm, which is nice but also leaves for awkward layouts. We needed more cutting space in the kitchen so I found this kitchen cart from Ikea for $59.99. (Bonus: I did a search on Craigslist and found the same kitchen cart for only $20.)
The kitchen cart was an unfinished basic blonde color and I turned it into something rustic and distressed. It's amazing to see what some paint, wood stainer and some arm grease can do.
One Sunday morning, I woke up super early and started this project - with coffee in hand. Below are the materials I used:
Pictured is the IKEA cart unfinished in the basic blonde color. The cart was already put together so I started by painting the rails and legs white. With coffee in hand, I did one coat...let it dry...then did another coat...let it dry. This is what the cart looked like after I was done with all the white coats.
I wanted a shabby chic look so naturally we took a hammer and some nails to it, after afterall we had to make the kitchen cart look the part I lost all hammering responsibilities after my nails went in sideways so I gave this job to my husband. He hammered away for about 10 minutes (I'm sure our neighbors loved us!) and seemed to enjoy it - there's something about banging a piece of wood as hard as you can to get out any frustration!
This is what the cart looked like after our hammer time! You can see we put a good amount of nails in the top and also the sides, which you can't see. We banged up the corners a bit to give it an added distressed look. This hammer step is a total preference, you can choose to not distress the piece at all or go crazy on it - your call!
Now the staining process begins! Again, this is a preference on which stain color you prefer. I like a darker wood stain so went with that (see above). You will want a clean brush for this step and an old t-shirt or towel that you don't mind throwing away. I outlined the edges with some blue painters tape so I didn't get any stain on my freshly painted white legs. I added the espresso stain to the brush and started stroking away. I only needed one coat of stain because the color I chose was already dark but used my old cloth to wipe off any access. The wood stain worked it's way in all the crevices from the hammering while also camouflaging the hammered nails. PS: If you're unsure about the color you can test a small spot on the wood.
I'm so happy with the finished product, I love how this unfinished kitchen cart turned into something a bit more roughed up and fabulous! This cart is a perfect size in our kitchen and adds that added character.
What are some of your favorite DIYs?
PS - If you're wondering, the stain on top will prevent it from being food safe. You can use a sealing oil (pictured above) but that still makes me nervous to cut on so I always use a cutting board.