DIY // Ikea hack bar cart


DIY Ikea hack bar cart | DIY Ikea hack bar cart |

Things are starting to come along here and there with the new studio, especially since my Dad has been here for the last week! Between him teaching me how to install dimmer switches, how to fix an ice maker, and what kills a cesspool of mosquitos, we also managed to make a DIY Ikea hack bar cart. Not bad right?

I’m super excited to share the studio reveal coming up soon, but until then, this should give you a good idea of the aesthetic: modern, light with a few pops of color and mid-century twists. Here’s how–


$101.5 total

DIY Ikea hack bar cart |

First, build the Ikea Kallax shelf according to the instructions as usual, but leave off the adhesive felt pads for the bottom. Instead, install the four brass casters on each of the four corners of the shelf.

DIY Ikea hack bar cart |

After installing the casters, you can use the gold foiling pen to color in the silver screws that come with the shelf to avoid mixed metals.

DIY Ikea hack bar cart |

Flip the shelf back right side up, and measure and mark where you’d like the handles placed. We marked ours to be about a 1/4 of an inch in from each end by laying the pull on it’s side and marking where to drill holes.

Next, drill a hole all the way through the top edge and then insert the brass washer and screw through into the handle from underneath.

DIY Ikea hack bar cart | DIY Ikea hack bar cart |

Now use your finest vintage goodies to decorate the shelf. Okay, they don’t have to be vintage, but I’m trying to make myself feel better about my most recent obsessions. The Blendo glasses are from Jaybird Finds and this tilted ice bucket is my best Etsy scores yet!

DIY Ikea hack bar cart | DIY Ikea hack bar cart |

photos by Jared Smith

This post is in partnership with Ikea Houston who has graciously sponsored the most of the furniture in the new Sugar & Cloth studio!


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66 thoughts on “DIY // Ikea hack bar cart

  1. Kathleen

    I love this! I actually just bought a kitchen cart from Ikea last weekend, but your Ikea hack is so much more original! Love everything about it and can’t wait to see your whole studio! P.S. The ice bucket is so darling.

  2. Brittni

    So clever, Ash! I actually have one of these Ikea pieces, but it’s a little bit larger. We wanted to put casters on it, but I couldn’t find any cool ones. So, I gave up. These gold ones are amazing though. Might have to give them a try.

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  10. Biana

    Do you have any suggestions on what other pulls to use – there is only one available for the one that you used. Thanks so much – we’re looking to recreate this look this weekend!

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