If you’re familiar with Pinterest DIY projects, there’s no doubt that you’ve already seen this one. Ever since I saw it, I knew I had to do it myself, and I wanted to document my experience to share with you!
IKEA is known for having trendy home pieces at very affordable prices, sometimes so affordable, you think there’s a price tag error. This BYGEL utility cart is no exception, ringing in at about $40. It is however a discontinued product, but you can use a very similar one available called SUNNERSTA. But if you want to own the OG, head on over to kijiji or any other secondhand website to see if anyone is selling one. I was lucky to have found one and picked it up already assembled. It had some nicks and scratches on the metal frame and boards, but for the price I paid and knowing that I was going to fix it up, I didn’t mind.
With a quick stop at a hardware store to pick up some spray paint and with contact paper I had lying around, I transformed an ordinary utility cart into a stunning trendy bar cart.
Here’s what you need:
- BYGEL Utility cart (or a similar model)
- Primer in a spray paint can ($6)
- Metallic spray paint ($6)
- White marble contact paper ($15)
- Tool kit (mainly a screw driver)
First, ideally, find a space outdoors where you can spray paint the cart, otherwise, find a well ventilated area in your house and protect the floor, walls and surroundings with a protective drape. I had a plastic table cloth and cardboard boxes on hand from the recent move, which sufficed.
Painting the cart
You’ll then want to assemble the metal frame of the bar cart without the wheels and board. Lay the cart on its side and spray on the primer in light and even coats. After about 20 minutes, flip it over and prime the remaining sides. About half an hour later (to really ensure that the primer has dried and set), spray on the metallic gold with light even coats. Allow it to dry, and re-apply additional coats if needed. Flip the cart again to cover the unexposed sides. I left mine to dry overnight just to be sure.
Don’t forget! There are 4 screws that lock in the wheels at the bottom, be sure to spray paint the heads of those gold so that they camouflage with the rest of the cart.
Covering the boards
While the cart is drying, wipe down the metal boards to rid of any dust. Measure enough contact paper to cover the board and its sides. Peel an inch of the backing off from the contact paper and align it to the board, leaving some excess to fold under the board, and slowly peel away the backing while smoothing the contact paper down with your hand or anything flat such as a ruler. If any air bubbles get trapped, slowly peel off the contact paper until the air bubble is released then stick back down. The corners may be a bit tricky because the board isn’t a perfect rectangle, so cut a triangle from the corners and push it into the rounded space. It’s ok if it’s not perfect because the rounded edges will meet with the 4 cart posts, so they’ll essentially be hidden.
Alternatively, you can measure out the contact paper to exactly the dimensions of the surface of the boards, which I’ve seen in other DIYs, but I really like the look of the board being made of marble, so I opted to cover the sides as well.
Putting it all together
Take a paper towel and gently wipe down the cart to remove any excess dust. Next, screw in the two wheels at the front of the cart until they lock in place. Now it’s ready to be rolled around!
The boards are ready to be put in place, but be careful when putting them in! Note that the top and bottom boards sit on the frame of the cart, but the middle one floats, so it’s one that you need to screw in place. Since it goes in at an angle and then adjusted straight to fit within the four posts, it may scratch the paint off the post of the cart. If this happens, you can either carefully spray paint the spots (I was too scared to do this with the marble board in place and too impatient to wait for the paint to set and dry), so I used a metallic Sharpie pen to cover the scratch since it’s so tiny and under the board on the inside of the post. Once you level this board to the screw holes in the posts, screw the
And there you have it! A pretty bar cart that will make heads turn. Place wine and liquor bottles, wine glasses and anything else you need to have your cart prepped for your next dinner party or any gatherings. There’s a spacious plastic drawer that slides right under the top board where you can store straws, wine stoppers or any other mini bar tools. This project came up to less than $50 to complete. I absolutely LOVE it and I’m so happy that I got around to it. It’s such a fun and pretty piece to display my bar collection that took no time at all to complete.
I hope you enjoyed this DIY, and please let me know what you think about it in the comments below! Cheers!